Stories from 18 June 2007
Russia: Lost ATM Card
A horror story, almost, from Darkness At Noon: you're in Russia, and you use one of those ATM machines that gives you the money first and then returns your card, and you take the money but forget about the card – and then the horror begins: “Do you mean to...
Serbia, Finland: Marija Serifovich's Infamous Quote
Belgrade 2.0 posts a video of a press conference with Marija Serifovic, who won this year's Eurovision Song Contest in Helsinki, at which she makes the following remark about Finland: “erm, the country didn’t particularly suit me, and I don’t like those yellowish, “see-through” people… I despise them…” Bloggers discuss...
Olechko visits Lviv and posts some photos and a sketch.
Ukraine: Elton John and the Fake Philanthropists
Ukrainiana writes about Ukraine's horrifying AIDS statistics and the wrong crowd that Elton John has gotten himself into.
Ukraine: Elton John and Kids With AIDS
Michelle Knisley of Greetings from Kiev attended Elton John's AIDS awareness concert, along with approximately 200,000 other people. Before the concert, she happened to watch a TV clip about the orphanage she used to work at and recognized two girls with AIDS she once played with.
Slovenia: More Bike-Lane Parking Pics
An update on the “Self-Absorbed Bike Lane-Parking Morons” Project – at Piran Cafe.
Romania: GayFest 2007 in Bucharest
Plenty of pictures and a report from the GayFest 2007 in Bucharest by Romerican: “Perhaps a statement of solidarity, the Romanian Jandarmeria had stationed a large number of attractive men in uniform alongside the gay paraders.”
Brazil: From Legal Commons to Social Commons
Ronaldo Lemos published his paper “From Legal Commons to Social Commons: Brazil and the Cultural Industry” at iCommons.org, describing some of the current transformations regarding the processes by which information and culture are generated, from the point of view of developing countries.
India: Climate Change and G8
The Indian Economy Blog on India's way of dealing with the G8 talks on climate change, and why the country must take some actions.
Sri Lanka: Environment and Religion
Scourge! catches part of a sermon by a Buddhist priest, and points out that the priest appears to suggest that a “western” lifestyle is harmful to the environment.
Sri Lanka: Getting it right about the Blogosphere
Anandawardhana points out that a mainstream media publication got the nature of the blogosphere wrong in an article on Sri Lankan blogs.
Pakistan: Home and the City
Metroblogging Islamabad urges the people in the city to treat it the way they'd treat their own homes.
Nepal: Jimmy Carter – talked, smiled and went
United We Blog! reproduces Jimmy Carter's statement after his four day visit to the country, and the post has an interesting discussion in the comments section.
Nepal: Bhutanese Refugees
Kathmandu Speaks on the Bhutanese refugees in Nepal, the urgent need to intervene, and India's big bully tactics in South Asia.
Iran:Abbas Amir Entezam, most senior political prisoner
You can see in Kosoof a photo of Abbas Amir Entezam who is the most senior political prisoner.Abbas Amir Entezam was deputy prime minister and government spokesman of Iran's provisional government after the revolution in 1979. In December 1979, he was charged with “treason” and spying for foreign governments.
Arabeyes: The Middle East in Pictures
This week's pictorial tour of the Middle East takes us to a wedding with a difference in Amman, Kuwait in a dust storm, where Lebanese escape the news and finally a picture of a hatching Bulbul in a tribute to a loving father from Bahrain.
Zimbabwe: The Interception of Communications Bill
Last week, Zimbabwean parliament passed “The Interception of Communications Bill” that will allow the government to monitor telephones, emails and the Internet. Zimbabwean ISPs are condemning this law, which is waiting the approval of the Senate, because it will require them to purchase expensive monitoring equipments they cannot afford. Transport...
Egypt: Support Iraqis on World Refugee Day
Egypt-based Issandr El Amrani appeals to readers to do more to help Iraqi refugees, on the occasion of the World Refugee Day which falls on June 20.
Bahrain: Red-Taped Social Responsibility
Bahraini blogger Mahmood Al Yousif discusses “red-taped social responsibility” in this post.
Algeria: Egg Fest
Eggs feature high on Algerian blogger Chef Zadi's mind, who dedicates a post to Algerian egg dishes.
Israel: Christian Gazans are in Danger
Israeli blogger Yael says Palestinian Christians living in Gaza are in danger – after repeated attacks by Islamic militants.