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13 March 2007

Stories from 13 March 2007

Bahrain: Child Abuse in Schools

Bahrain-based blogger Haitham Sabbah links to a shocking video showing a fight between two students in a classroom, apparently arranged by a teacher! “I have no clue where was this...

Dubai: 200 Women Preachers Trained

Secret Dubai Diary posts a news article which says that 200 women are being trained as preachers in the rich Emirate. He describes the development as “extremely encouraging and significant...

Qatar: Weblog Awards a Let Down

Qatar-based blogger Morad Rayyan isn't impressed with the results of the Seventh Annual Weblog Awards. “Though I refuse to acknowledge the list of winners since they have scratched my blog...

Qatar: Al Jazeera Cameraman Force-Fed

Friends of Al Jazeera blogger Karim posts a story which claims that the “lawyer of Al Jazeera cameraman Sami al-Hajj, who is detained in Guantanamo Bay, has said his health...

Tajikistan: Russian Food Aid

Vadim is surprised to find out that Russia is a major supporter of the World Food Program's program in Tajikistan.

Kyrgyzstan: Virtual Trip to Osh

Tamara Tashbaeva takes readers on a quick virtual tour of her hometown, Osh, a city that she says she does not get to visit often enough.

Belarus: Past or Present?

Having watched The Lives of Others – the winner of the 2007 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language film, “a grim portrayal of life in East Germany before reunification and...

Kazakhstan: Education Steppe

Ben Paarmann notes that Kazakhstan's president was very impressed with Qatar's Education City after his visit there yesterday, and reports on problems in Kazakhstan's education system and a bit on...

Latvia: Imaginary Extremism

Marginalia writes about Latvian graffiti, the “annual scandal on March 16th” and the largely imaginary “extremism” in Daugavpils: “The idea that there could be a significant movement devoted to Russian-bashing...

Latvia: The Showdown

Marginalia and All About Latvia write about “the Showdown” between Latvia's outgoing president and the parliament “over the control of the national security services.” (In another post, All About Latvia...

Georgia: Internally Displaced Persons

Onnik Krikorian reports on and posts pictures of ethnic Georgians who were displaced by fighting in Abkhazia

Armenia: Half Silly/Half Serious

Anoush Armenia reports on a recent half silly/half serious exhibition in Yerevan that was intended to provoke participants into thinking about whether or not they are satisfied with the reality...

Romania, Moldova: Interference?

Public Policy Watch – Politici Publice in Moldova writes about allegations by the Moldovan government that Romania is interfering with Moldova's internal affairs.

Oman: Rent going up

Rent in Oman is going up, according to Omani blogger Muscati. “Rents in Oman have been going through the sky for the past six months and the situation is now...

Russia: Still Some More on Putin's Munich Speech

Edward Lucas of The Economist posts “a long rant written last month about Putin and Russian foreign policy which was never published and is now slightly out of date.”

Oman: How Not to Flirt

Omani blogger Lym , who is based in Australia, wasn't impressed with the advances of a fellow Arab from the UAE, who was desperately trying to draw her attention.

Ukraine: Retro Tickets

MoldovAnn discovers a rather amazing thing: theater tickets she has recently bought in Kyiv for the Russian production of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” were printed way back in...

Bahrain: Islam Needs Positive Public Relations

Islam needs a public relations campaign makeover, writes Bahraini blogger emoodz, following news reports that a British Muslim has been found guilty of soliciting murder during a London rally against...

Bahrain: Newspaper Accused of Spreading Sectarianism

Bahraini blogger Mahmood Al Yousif blames a local newspaper for spreading sectarianism. “Whatever it is, the only way to defeat such sectarianism is not to give in to it and...

Algeria: Special Focus on Mauritania

Algerian blogger Lameen Souag has kind words for Mauritania. “On the rare occasions when it makes Western headlines, it's generally for slavery or famine, but this week it's distinguishing itself...

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