1 June 2007

Stories from 1 June 2007

Pakistan: The Candidate

  1 June 2007

the olive ream uses the usual sarcasm to portray a candidate for the US president. “As soon as possible after taking office, I will commence buying for the United Domains Of Heaven other pacified countries’ bombs, mines, large ammunition, rockets, tanks, armored vehicles, artillery and other metal weapons of war...

Sri Lanka: Used Book Stores

  1 June 2007

cerno on going to second hand book stores in Colombo. “That old book smell is still there (mingling with insense that fails to kill the aroma of old pages. Some of the stalls/shops are just intimidating heap of books. Others are neatly arrange labyrinths of narrow shelving. Most occupy the...

Uganda: political heroes and the challenges of development work

  1 June 2007

“What benchmark do Ugandans use to determine their heroes?” Dennis Matanda has long been the devil's advocate of the Ugandan blogosphere, calling for a return to colonialism and raising the possibility of a “violent end” to the current regime. Recently he published the first half of a two-part series on...

Malawian bloggers mourn First Lady

  1 June 2007

Malawian bloggers join the rest of the nation in sending sincere condolences to the State President on the loss of First Lady Madamme Ethel Mutharika, who passed away Monday 28 May, 2007. Her death is a big blow to Malawi as a nation. The burial is scheduled for Saturday 9...

Egypt: Jailed Blogger Disappears

“Egyptian blogger Monem, whose release was ordered on May 30 by general prosecutor after 46 days imprisonment in Southern Cairo Torah prison was deported from prison at 2pm yesterday May 31st. Mr. Islam Lotfy, Monem’s lawyer, contacted us now from Cairo saying Monem was able to have someone call him...

Jamaica: Castleton Gardens

  1 June 2007

“I believe that as a citizen of Jamaica I should know as much of the island as I can.” Stunner takes a photographic tour of Jamaica's Castleton Gardens.

Cuba: When in Cuba…

  1 June 2007

“In my previous life as a journalist…I once spent a day working in a busy restaurant pretending to be a kitchen hand. It's an old journalistic stunt that is supposed to allow you to learn first hand how other people live and work, so that you could then go away...

Trinidad & Tobago: Impinging on Press Freedom?

  1 June 2007

The government of Trinidad and Tobago has produced a draft constitutional reform document with a clause that may require media houses to apply for a license to operate. Karel Mc Intosh is concerned about this latest threat to Caribbean press freedom.

AIDS in Japan: Blame it on gays?

  1 June 2007

Since the first case of AIDS in Japan was officially reported in March, 1985, official figures have indicated that the number of cases of HIV/AIDS among Japanese has been steadily increasing over the years (this despite the difficulty of making assessments due to the low rate of HIV testing among...

Belize: Peeved at Miss Universe Blunder

  1 June 2007

The Miss Universe show, which was broadcast from Mexico, made the misinformed statement that Cozumel has the second largest barrier reef in the world. Belizean.com says that Belizeans are “ticked off” about it.

Poor Pig, Forgive Ignorant Human Beings.

  1 June 2007

“Poor Pig, Forgive Ignorant Human Beings.” [ko] After a pig was sacrificed by the I-Cheon residentianls’ demonstration in Korea, animal-rights organizations prayed for the repose of its soul on the 27 th and individuals have had single-person-demonstrations.

‘Bean Curd Soup Woman’

  1 June 2007

‘Bean Curd Soup Woman’ (doin-jang-nyeo: a new term to indicate women who are crazy about material and western products) is the result of a philosophy of ‘treatment of women as inferior to men’ rooted in Korean society. A male blogger says [ko]

Israel: Shrinking Gap

“Last month the Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot carried a small item that the U.S. restaurant chain Hooters plans to open its first branch in Israel this summer. That was followed by a piece indicating that a Tel Aviv radio station is in negotiations to bring the Howard Stern Show to...

Israel: Sderot Update

“Despite the fact that the number of Qassams being fired at Israel is decreasing (due to the IAF strikes against terrorist positions), they have not entirely stopped, with one already being fired today, causing some crop damage in an open field near Sderot,” writes Aussie Dave from Israel.

Palestine: Peace Index

“The United States is among the least peaceful nations in the world, ranking 96th between Yemen and Iran, according to an index of 121 countries. According to the Global Peace Index, created by the Economist Intelligence Unit, Norway is the most peaceful nation and Iraq is the least, just after...

Kuwait: Shooting Range

“On Tuesday a friend and I went to the shooting range on at the 6th ring road, it’s called Almayaden shooting range. I loved how clean, organized, and safety oriented the place is,” writes Weld El-ma6aba from Kuwait.

Lebanon: What's Next?

“What's next?” asks Lebanese blogger Jamal Ghosn. “Of course there is no uniform answer to this question in Lebanon, so we will answer this according to each of the various Lebanese factions,” he writes.

Morocco: US-Iran Hostage Crisis Relived

“The Iranian government has arrested and jailed a fourth person with dual Iranian and American citizenships. His name is Ali Shakeri and he is a California businessman and founding member of UCI's Center for Citizen Peacebuilding. I am starting to put more credence in the theory that is floating around,...

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