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22 May 2007

Stories from 22 May 2007

Afghanistan: Heroism or Recklessness?

Afghanistanica examines whether or not the controversial and outspoken Afghan legislator Malalai Joya is a hero or a reckless idealist.

Kyrgyzstan: Booking an Exam Seat

Tolkun Umaraliev reports that he must pay a bribe to have any hope of receiving top marks on an upcoming university exam.

Afghanistan: Don't Legalize

Sun Leaf says that it would be wrong to legalize opium production in Afghanistan.

Japan: Marriage and “Casual Infidelity”

Shari at My So-Called Japanese Life has a thoughtful piece on the way in which Japanese people, as compared to Americans, view marriage. She writes: “It's always been my impression...

South Africa: politician invited to create an iblog

The owner of iblog, Mark Garbers, invites the leader of Independe Democrats in South Africa to create an iblog: “Dear ibloggers, Although I don’t normally personally invite people to create...

Sudan: If there were a transcript…

Ingrid at Sudan Watch on the Debate on Darfur: “Heh. Rock on Drima! Why no webcast? If there were a transcript, I'd mull over John Prendergast's commentary in the hope...

Israel: Oprah Visit Planned

Oprah Winfrey will be paying Israel a solidarity visit, announced isRealli - a blog project of the Israeli Consulate in New York City.

Syria: Lebanese Ceasefire

“Fateh Al Islam has accepted a government offer of a ceasefire. They say they will stop attacks if the army does not attack them. The army has responded by saying...

Kuwait: Lebanese are “Fed Up”

‘“We are fed up!!” That is what all Lebanese are saying these days. Past two days, I asked many lebanese people in Kuwait what they think of whats going on,...

Kuwait: Loose Lion

Lebanese blogger Mark reports that a lion is on the run in Kuwait and is being hunted by police. “I just heard there is a lion loose in Kuwait. It...

Lebanon: Fighting Toll

As fighting in Lebanon continues between the Lebanese Army and Fateh el Islam, Tom Felle takes a look at the toll: “As witnesses said there are bodies strewn on the...

Lebanon: Fighting Continues for Third Day

“Gunbattles erupted between Lebanese troops and Islamist militiamen around a Palestinian refugee camp today, the third day of fierce fighting that has killed dozens of people. Black plumes of smoke...

Lebanon: Fighting Update

Lebanese blogger Abu Kais updates us on the latest fighting in Lebanon between the Lebanese Army and Fateh el Islam. “The Siniora government is waging this war with the support...

Lebanon: Attrition War

“The situation is sliding into an attrition war. The broad support by all Lebanese and Palestinian faction, other than ‘Fateh al Islam’, to the army and its actions against those...

Libya: On Women's Attire

Writing from Tripoli, Libya, Iranian blogger Mrs Behi says: “Here in Libya I haven’t seen a couple walking in the street hand in hand. It seems to me as if...

D. R. Congo: Park Rangers Attacked, Flying over Katanga, Music meets Social Activism, and Ants 2 – Brian 0

Access to the Internet in the Democratic Republic of Congo is gradually improving (World Bank figures suggest there are already over 6 million users), but will remain prohibitively expensive as...

Ukraine: Kyiv Street Kids Video

Michelle Knisley of Greetings from Kyiv links to two CrossRoads Foundation's videos of Kyiv's street children – on YouTube, here and here.

Ukraine: Football

Olechko attends a football game in Kyiv and takes pictures of the stadium.

Russia: Pioneers

The Turkish Invasion writes on the 85th anniversary of the Soviet Pioneer Organization.

Iran:Why we need journals and Journalists?

Arash Hassannia writes[Fa] in Hanouz that journalism is very sick in Iran.The blogger adds a few ordinary employees in Supreme National Security Council can take decision about what journalists should...

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