Stories from 18 June 2007
Iraq Pundit wonders where Iraqi civilians stand in US policy.
The Third Annual Failed States Index is out, reports Bahraini blogger Jadd William. “Bahrain has scored relatively well. At 134, Bahrain ranks better than Kuwait (at 124) and Saudi Arabia (at 83 ). The remaining GCC countries beat Bahrain: Qatar (at 137), UAE (at 138) and Oman (at 146),” he...
Palestinian blogger Umm Khalil posts two pictures from Ramallah then and now .. and asks: “Which Ramallah do you prefer?”
International Solidarity Movement reports on the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Gaza, as well as an appeal to Israel not to “stand idly by at a time when the fundamental human rights of Gaza residents are being violated and the right to life is being threatened.”
Not allowed to enter Gaza, Israeli blogger and journalist Lisa Goldman travels to Ramallah and reports what she saw there last Friday, the day after Hamas took power in Gaza.
Tolubommalata & Koodiyattam are few amongst the variegated theatre forms in the sub-continent. While this ancient art is slowing fading away, modern Indian theatre is taking stage. It now is not only a form of entertainment but a beacon for educating young minds. Umesh from ‘Theatre in Education’ explains that...
Konfused Iraqi Kid updates us with a list of new Iraqi blogs in town here.
Elspeth at Now is Wow snaps a few photos and tells interesting stories on her way to get the morning paper…
Bint Battuta, from Bahrain, marks her blog's first anniversary – with a lot of philosophical questions.
Algerian Chef Zedi calls upon his readers to join the fight against global poverty by helping feed children.
Abeni is frustrated with the high cost of regional travel in the Caribbean: “LIAT has been getting on my last nerve with their ridiculously high fares…I wish they would just disappear or hopefully realise that their price structure is making them even less relevant.”
“Instantly, a series of nervous breakdowns hit me, biff bang thud, bradaps, just so they take me down, piece by piece, ow, somebody hold me, hold me and sop me head with cooool Limacol before I faint.” Guyana-Gyal does not suffer pests lightly.
“Horace Ové, the Trinidadian film director…becomes a CBE, or a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, for ‘services to the film industry'”. The Caribbean Beat Blog recognizes his achievement.
As Caribbean nations deal with the challenges of globalization, Barbados Underground is “not convinced that we are headed in the right direction. The sad reality is that globalization by its design will change the traditional way countries have to interact; national boundaries will become blurred.”
The benefits of Telecom liberalization in Ghana: “Prices have fallen drastically since, with some networks offering starter packs with very wide coverage for as low as 15,000 Ghanaian Cedis (less than $2). Junior Secondary School graduates can now access their high school placement on their mobile phones.:”
The bitter politics of renaming streets in South Africa: “It seems as though the Democratic Alliance is going to be taking eThekwini Municipality to court, to set aside the recent controversial renaming of streets in Durban.”
An amazing story of Cornielle Ewango: “He’s a forest conservationist working in the Ituri forest of Eastern Congo. He’s trying to preserve the flora and fauna of this amazing region in the face of incredible odds….”
Latest information about the anthology of works by Nigerian bloggers from Laspapi.
Alexcia argues that the the free primary education initiative in Kenya is stuck in antiquity with no market driven input.
This is Zimbabwe describes a new law to allow the government of Zimbabwe to monitor e-mails, telephone calls, the internet and postal communications as insulting.
Ever wondered how so much bread gets baked so quickly in Morocco? A recent New York Times article on the furan, or community oven, explains how - and bloggers are quick to comment!