20 June 2007

Stories from 20 June 2007

Iraq: Blame Iran for Everything

“I think that when the president of the united states counted Iran among the members of the axis of evil the description was not unjustifiably incriminating, it just came before the evidence that support this claim became available,” writes Mohammed in Iraq the Model, who blames all the crisis in...

Egypt: Fond Memories

Maryanne Stroud Gabbani, who lives in Egypt, shares with us her feelings on her husband's death anniversary. “June 10 is the anniversary of my husband's death, an occasion that changed my life and my children's lives irrevocably and with the impact of having a building fall on us,” she notes.

Turkey is Typing…Sex Matters

The equality of the sexes has been a topic on the fingertips of Turkish bloggers as of late. Even with reforms to the penal code about a woman's right to veil (or not too), a woman's freedom of body, and stricter repercussions for rape, the equality between man and woman in Turkey is still contested. The legacy of Ataturk's secular reforms when the Republic of Turkey was founded has given the country the veneer of female equality...but with probing questions does the polish wear away?

Jamaica: Trusting Walcott

  20 June 2007

“A battle over individuality, morality, divinity, and spelling was being fought on a Caribbean beach. I loved it.” A passage from Omeros inspires Jamaican Geoffrey Philp to write about why he trusts poet Derek Walcott more than his pastor.

Guyana: Sex on Demand?

  20 June 2007

The Guyana Groove raises the question of “whether a woman should feel obligated to provide sex for her husband at anytime he requests it.”

Barbados: Drilling for Oil

  20 June 2007

Twenty-five companies are in a bid to drill for oil off the coast of Barbados. Barbados Free Press puts forward its opinion about which firms should be disqualified based on their environmental records.

Bahamas: Election Over; Back to Work

  20 June 2007

“This country is facing some huge home-grown problems, together with a multitude of challenges presented by a rapidly-changing world.” Sir Arthur Foulkes, guest authoring at Bahama Pundit, thinks that it is time for the PLP to “get over their frustration and settle down to the job the people elected them...

Japan: War Responsibility Project

  20 June 2007

Tessa Morris-Suzuki wrote in Ohmynews the background of Yomiuri's project in publishing a book on war responsibility: it is a re-examination of the problem of war responsibility initiated by a newspaper generally considered to be “right-of-centre”, and therefore expected to support a more nationalistic approach to the past. The project...

Croatia: “Feral Tribune” Shuts Down

Last week, Croatian finance ministry froze bank accounts of the region’s legendary political weekly, Feral Tribune, due to 68,000 Euros of tax debt, forcing the publication to close. "The only independent journal on the Balkans has now been silenced," wrote one Serbian blogger. Sinisa Boljanovic has more on the causes and the significance of this loss.

Hong Kong: Light Pollution

  20 June 2007

Chu zai from inmediahk.net criticized the light show in the Victoria Harbour for creating light pollution as the excessive lighting would create more carbon dioxide (zh).

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