Stories from June, 2007
Iran: Protestors Torch Gas Stations
Enraged Iranian protesters torched several gas stations in Tehran and other cities on Wednesday, after the Iranian government announced fuel rationing for private vehicles. There is news item in Ilna [Fa], Iranian Labour news agency, reporting that people were killed in Yasouj, in southwestern Iran, during the protest. Iran is...
Discovering the Mozambican blogosphere through the “Diary of a Sociologist”
While navigating around the Mozambican blogosphere, I came across the “Diary of a Sociologist” – a blog by Carlos Serra, a Maputo-based Mozambican sociologist associated to the University Eduardo Mondlane, the country’s public university. It has, therefore, the potential to offer an interesting mix of personal commentary and academic observation,...
Syria: Blogspot Unblocked
Sasa from the The Syria News Wire reports that the .blogspot domain has been unblocked in Syria, after many months of blocking all blogs on Blogger.com from being accessible from Syrian ISPs. It comes as good news to the blogsphere that has suffered immensely from the ban.
Haiti: Laid-off Teleco Haiti workers compensated
Collectif-Haiti-de-Provence writes about Haitian president Rene Preval's decision to compensate workers (Fr) who were illegally laid off from the state-owned telecom, Teleco Haiti. The government plans on privatizing Teleco, a move that will undoubtedly bring violent demonstrations from those who stand to lose out, Collectif writes, but that those who...
Korea: Media and Business
Last June, a reporter at a magazine, Sisa Journal, wrote an article related to Samsung. It was not a good story for the image of Samsung. Through friendship with Samsung and pressure from it, the magazine’s vice-president, who had a position as the president of a Samsung branch newspaper, asked...
Colombia: Outrage and Anger at FARC for the Death of 11 Lawmakers
Colombians awoke on the morning of June 28 to the news that 11 of 12 kidnapped deputies had been killed. The word from the FARC rebel group was that they were caught in the crossfire when the Colombian army staged a rescue attempt, however, many bloggers do not buy their explanation, as contempt for this group continues to grow and grow.
Iran:Blogger got filtered
Freekeyboard says[Fa] Blogger got filtered,The blogger adds it is very shameful that when people who are involved with filtering say we are just doing our job!
Iran: Rushdie and Bin Laden
Mohmmad Ali Abtahi,blogger and former vice president criticised both Queen Elizabeth and Islamists for attributing titles to Salman Rushdie and Osama Bin Laden. The Queen made Salman Rushdie a Knight and some Islamists call Bin Laden, Seifallah, God's Sword.
Bhutan: Who's happy here?
For A Democracy on the notion of Gross Domestic Happiness, and if the ones who are really happy are the Wanghchuks.
Sri Lanka: Pavement For Pedestrians
Sampath's Mindspace has had it with pavements being used by everyone by pedestrians.
Pakistan: Enroute to Attock Fort
All Things Pakistan with a tragic story from 1922 as a train carried prisoners to Attock Fort.
Palestine: What's Going On in Gaza?
"In this day and age communications can turn the devil into angel and beat the angel to a pulp," says blogger Ramzi Khoury. This week, Jillian York attempts to dig beyond the news to find out what's really happening in the Palestinian blogosphere.
Bahrain: The Tale of a ‘Legal Slave’
No longer a tax haven, people in Bahrain are fuming at the introduction of a one per cent tax to benefit an Unemployment Fund. Bloggers caught on the bug and are ranting and fuming on their blogs in this report by Ayesha Saldanha. In other related matters, bloggers talk about a new law which bans workers from working between noon and 4pm in the summer heat, lavish weddings and the forgotten 'martyrs' of the civil unrest which rocked Bahrain in the 90s.
Libya: Day of Confrontations
Khadija Teri from Libya tells us about her day of confrontations – and how she stood up for her rights.
Libya: Blogger Back in Action
Libyan blogger Highlander announces her come back after being AWOL for a while. She also gives us a few sneak previews of what was happening on her blogosphere.
Lebanon: Legends of St George
Lebanese Laila Abu Saba shares her research on St George in this post.
Lebanon: Civil Marriages
Lebanese Failasoof announces that civil marriages are the way forward in Lebanon.
Kuwait: Best Shoes
Kuwaiti women are showing off their best shoes in these links – here, here and here.
Jordan: Friday Blues
Jordanian Naseem Tarawnah battles his Friday blues in this post.
Palestine: Daily Misery
Palestinian Haitham Sabbah posts videos produced and published by B’tselem (The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories) showing the misery Palestinians undergo.
Tunisia: Dead Phone
Eman, from Tunisia, lashes out at the telecom services in her country after her land line has been dead for two months.