Stories from 3 August 2007
Ladybird from Iraq writes about problems which could happen when Arab countries send Ambassadors to Iraq.
Bahraini Esra'a is off to Canada, where she will be discussing whether technology can set us free at the Atlas Experience 2007.
Zeinobia from Egypt reports that Cairo University was the only Arab university among the world's top 500 institutes of higher education.
Issandr El Amrani , in Egypt, updates us on the latest repressions against journalists in Tunisia.
Shobrawy from Egypt posts another reason not to vote for Barack Obama here.
Amal A from Palestine posts a picture of a Saudi make up artist and her models at a Europe show here.
Window on Eurasia reports on the following subjects: Russia's Muslims’ support for Kosovo independence; Chechen youth choosing to study at Chechen universities; the Chuvash discovery of America and other myths presented as history; Islamic marriages in Tatarstan; and secessionist aspirations at Russia's ethnically Russian regions.
TOL's Romantic reports on a Ljubljana seminar “dedicated to increasing the level of acceptance of the Roma as a minority group.”
Mark MacKinnon writes on what looks like Russia's plan “to annex most of the Arctic.”
Mark MacKinnon writes on the newly-released video of the 2004 Beslan school siege, which “appears to show that the bloody climax was sparked not by an explosion inside the school, as the Kremlin has always claimed, but by shooting that originated outside the school.”
Edward Lucas posts his Daily Mail piece on the summer camp of the pro-Putin youth movement Nashi – and receives 62 comments. The title of the piece: “Sex for the motherland: Russian youths encouraged to procreate at camp.”
Belatedly, a link to Jasmina Tesanovic's piece on the heat in Serbia, and, very belatedly, a link to her text on the 12th anniversary of Srebrenica tragedy (both hosted by Boing Boing), as well as Bruce Sterling's set of photos from the ceremony that took place at the Srebrenica graveyard...
Petya of bighead notes the overwhelming difference between reactions of Bulgarian and non-Bulgarian media on the release of the Tripoli Six. Declan Bultler guestblogs on “Liberty, Justice, HIV and Libya” over at Charkin Blog, and posts a Nature editorial “calling for Libya to go beyond the welcome political solution found...
Omid Memarian talks about jailed American-Iranian scholar,Hale Esfandiari. Recent just a few days after Haleh Esfandiari, in solitary confinement for three months without any contact with her attorney or family, appeared gaunt and frail on television, analyzing “velvet revolutions,” Shirin Ebadi,her lawyer, told me that when Ms. Esfandiari called her...
Joshua Kucera describes that with the highest denominations being worth less than a dollar, men have to wear fancy leather purses for carrying their money throughout Central Asia.
The Pakistani Spectator on the “recent disgusting surge in the publishing of immoral, obscene and outright nude video clips and pictures of Pakistani girls and boys on the sites like Youtube, FaceBook, Orkut and many other sites.”.
Metroblogging Islamabad on the changing skyline in the city.
Kathmandu Speaks on a Belgian traveler who had a bad experience in Nepal.
With the monsoon in full swing, many cities and areas in South Asia find themselves dealing with heavy rain and floods. Rezwan on the situation in Bangladesh.
Joshua Foust disagrees with an Economist article which argues that handing over the OSCE chairmanship to Kazakhstan would be an “ugly trade”.
Bonnie Boyd reports that the new Turkmen president Berdymukhamedov has put into prison the very secret police official who facilitated his rise to the helm of the Central Asian country.