Stories from 20 June 2007
ICT for Peacebuilding on the ban on Tamilnet in Sri Lanka. Lanka Libertarian on bypassing the ban.
Unfettered Dreams on the state of education in Sri Lanka, and the need for graduates who can perform.
The Pakistani Spectator on why the knighthood conferred upon Salman Rushdie is not acceptable.
Metroblogging Islamabad has an interesting primer for men looking to meet women in the city – venues range from coffee shops in book stores, gyms etc., with a note that the women you meet at parties may not be the ones you can “take home to mom”.
As the world marks the World Refugee Day today, the Middle East finds itself again at the centre of a mounting humanitarian tragedy. With more than 4 million of the 10 million refugees being Iraqi, let us see what bloggers are saying about this mounting humanitarian tragedy, often neglected by mainstream media.
Blogger Ivan Henares from the Philippines is visiting Indonesia. Ivan writes about the largest man-made structure in the Southern Hemisphere, the Buddhist temple of Borobudur in Central Java.
“I picked up a piece and put it to my mouth, mildy surprised that the smell didn't put me off in the least. It was buttery, like the ripest, oiliest avocado mashed to the smoothest paste. I tasted a hint of butterscotch, a smidge of avocado, lots of sweetness, and...
Zhaomu blogs about a recent charity campaign in Wei-hai in Shandong province. Within 10 days, the city government managed to get RMB20 millions , and companies and corporates have agreed to donate 1 billion. The campaign is a most effective one. However, there are reports disclosing that ordinary workers are...
A Korean university put this warning on a business school building. Students have reacted sharply. They say it is excessive control by the school. A school representative clarified that the intention of the warning was to teach the next generation’s business leaders about etiquette. Some bloggers criticize students’ criticisms of...
The blogger at 4896 bog does not know if he should laugh or cry at Malaysia Tourism director general's comments that Malaysia is safe for tourists.
Journalist and blogger Charles Levinson , who is based Jerusalem, narrates the story of a Fateh security guard who was shot by Hamas militants and rescued by a man in a donkey cart. Eight out of the guard's 12 companions were killed.
Israeli blogger Amechad wonders what will happen to the wine industry when Israel returns the Golan Heights to Syria.
Jordanian Naseem Al Tarawnah reviews Michael Moore‘s Sicko here.
Palestinian Haitham Sabbah links to an Al Jazeera programme on Palestine and asks: What's Left of the Palestinian Dream?
Alex de Waal discusses the question, “What drives Khartoum?”
Nigerian blogger, Leslie Ibeanusi, writes about Nigeria-Italy sex trafficking: “I continued. “Are we going to target traffickers who are luring these girls here?” The room really went quiet this time.”
Palestinian blogger Umm Khalil, who lives in the US, marks World Refugee Day with a post which says there are 7.5 million Palestinian refugees and internationally displaced persons.
Palestinian Pundit Tony draws our attention to a Baghdad orphanage horror here. “24 boys were found naked and lying on concrete floors, covered in their own excrement, flies and sores. Some were near death..” reads the report, which has heart breaking pictures of the orphans.
“Jimmy Carter is actually rooting for Hamas so that the destruction of Israel by Hamas can progress with more speed,” writes Israeli blogger Smooth Stone.
Iraqi blogger Imad Khadduri updates us on the murder of Catholic priest Father Ragheed Ganni and the reactions it generated.
Iraqi blogger Alaa has immigrated to Canada. “It is true that I have sadness in my heart for our poor old Iraq, but deep down I am convinced that we shall win in the end… And I don't like to hear anything against President Bush, either, because I still hold...