Stories from 9 August 2007
In her article this week at Magazine 9, Amamiya Karin talks about the words that changed her life [Ja], through the experiences of poet and former hikikomori (shut-in) Tsukino Koji, writer Misawa Chiren, and activist Takato Nahoko (famous for her work on Iraq issues).
A prominent Socialist politician is accused of money laundering, Foreign Notes reports.
Sleeping With Pengovsky writes about the “continues electoral campaign” in Slovenia: it began in 2006 and will end in 2012.
The Glory of Carniola‘s Best of the Slobs roundup is here.
The Glory of Carniola writes: “Last week was a bad week to be a blonde celebrity in Slovenia. Two popular blondinkas — the world-class athlete Jolanda Čeplak and the beloved media personality Mojca Mavec — fell from grace. Both of them stood accused of being cheaters.”
The Glory of Carniola writes about a German textbook featuring two really, really bad maps of Europe.
The Glory of Carniola shares five best and five worst things about Slovenia.
Eternal Remont writes about the tallest man in the world – who now happens to be a 37-year-old Ukrainian.
Despite years of investigation, many questions about the 2004 Beslan school siege remain unanswered. Recently, a video has emerged that seems to contradict the official view on what caused two initial blasts on Sept. 3, the day the storming of the school began. Marina Litvinovich, founder of PravdaBeslana.ru/Truth of Beslan, uploaded the new footage on YouTube, only to discover that two clips - which, unsurprisingly, contained extremely graphic content - were promptly deleted.
European and American fighters for press freedom have infiltrated the capital, Canadian-Tibetan activists have gone underground and blogged from around the country about what's been called the Darfur Olympics, the Gas Mask Olympics even the Coming Out Olympics, so basically now the Pick Your White Elephant Olympics. But when one...
Taslima Nasrin, the Bangladeshi writer in exile was attacked by a mob which included 3 members of the state legislative assembly belonging to Majlis Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen party in Hyderabad. IndieQuill has more.
Zoo Station on the hype surrounding micro-finance, and exploring why micro-entrepreneurs don't have the same advantage as other entrepreneurs.
With the whole country discussing the possibility of an emergency being imposed in Pakistan, All Things Pakistan hopes that it's just a rumour. Later today, it was confirmed that the government was not contemplating an emergency.
The floods in South Asia are still causing havoc. imperfect world 2007 takes aerial photographs of the area around the Dhaka airport, showing large areas still under flood water.
Addafication on the novel, the nation and modernity, reflecting on the genre of autobiography.
Palestinian Haitham Sabbah links to a video showing how international human rights activists are forming human shields to stop Israeli tanks from entering Nablus.
Jordanian Hareega makes peace with Batir Wardam, another blogger from Jordan.
Ibrahim Owais from Jordan is still excited about a concert he attended two weeks ago.
Bored Kuwaiti doesn't understand why some people leave their homes in their pajamas.
Jordanian Tololy met Prince Charming on her way from the US to Canada.
Kaargar says [Fa] that several members of Tehran Bus Drivers Union were arrested today in Tehran.They were planning to hold a protest outside the house of Mansour Osanlu,their jailed leader.They asked for the release of Mansur Osanlu and another jailed union activist, Mahmud Salehi.Security forces surrounded Osanlou's house, preventing anyone...