Stories from 11 July 2007
Photos of Latvia – over at FotoLat.
Eastern Europe: The Economist's Coverage
Further Ramblings of a N.Irish Magyar and A Fistful of Euros critique the Economist's coverage of East European economies.
Russia, Latvia: “Calendar Days”
All About Latvia writes: “In Russia, however, there’s not a single day when the people and the state officially remember the crimes of Joseph Stalin.”
Poland: Father Rydzyk and 330 Exorcists
The beatroot writes about Radio Maryja director, Father Tadeusz Rydzyk, who says that Poland's First Lady is a witch, and on a meeting of 330 exorcists from 29 countries taking place in Poland now.
Iran:Arabs in Iran
In View from Iran, we read:”The Arabs I met in Iran also seemed to find Iranian culture foreign and odd. “This is not an Islamic country,” they would tell me. “Every Iranian party has alcohol. At private parties, the women remove their hijab (veil)!”
Jordan: Street Life
People in Amman, Jordan, are rediscovering the beauty of street life, writes Humeid.
Iran:Osanlou, a syndicate leader, was kidnapped
Salam democrat reports[Fa] that Mansour Osanlou,head of the executive committee of the Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company, was kidnapped today in Tehran.He had already been arrested and tortured before by Iranian security forces.
Jordan: Honour Crimes Book
Jordanian Natasha Tynes stumbles on news about a new book on honour killings, being written by a former colleague.
Iraq: New Job for Mama
Iraqi Mama from Mosul has found a new job, which is five minutes away from her home.
Bahrain: Honour Killings
A new website on honour killings has been launched, writes Bahraini Esraa in Mideast Youth.
Israel: The Other Face of Bloggers
Allisonks from Israel shows us the other face of bloggers, who have more to their credits than just their blogs.
Jordan: Regulating Falafel Prices
Lina Ejeilat from Jordan writes about regulating Falafel prices.
Yugoslavia: King Alexander
Belgrade 2.0 writes about King Alexander of Yugoslavia, who was killed in 1934.
Kuwait: Movie Marathon
Zdistrict from Kuwait writes that he will be travelling to Dubai with friends for a movie marathon.
Kuwait: Dead Fish
Texan in Kuwait complains that her daughter returned home after spending time on the beach with her nanny with a dead fish in her hand.
Bahrain: Terror Shock
Bahraini emoodz expresses his shock at the Al Qaeda terror tactics in Iraq and elsewhere.
Algeria: Mistrusting Muslims
The Moor Next Door, an Algerian American, comments on an article which appeared in the LA Times on mistrusting Muslims in the wake of the foiled UK bombings.
Trinidad & Tobago: Political Alliance
Keith in Trinidad toys with the idea of titling his post “Lost Credibility Day”, while Club Soda and Salt thinks that the newly-announced political alliance among several “irrelevant” parties is the “Silly Act of the Week”.
Jamaica: Rock On
“Critics seem to want to believe that rock and roll emerged fully formed from the start, but not if that means black people did it. Not if that song is Rocket 88.” Jamaican Marlon James goes back to the roots of rock and roll.
Jamaica: Crystal Rain
“Amnesia as a metaphor for cultural and historic rootlessness has been widely used in Caribbean writing and it informs the writing of Derek Walcott and Kamau Brathwaite.” Geoffrey Philp reviews Caribbean author Tobias S. Buckell's new book.
Belize: Customer Service
“Before we came to live in Belize, many people here warned us that dealing with officials and businesses could be very frustrating and slow.” Exploring Belize Continues discovers that customer service in Belize always delivers that something extra…