Stories from 10 August 2007
Jordan: Politics or Wrestling?
On internal politics in Jordan, blogger Khalaf asks: Is it politics or professional wrestling?
Tunisia: Call to Ban the Quran in Holland
Subzero Blue from Tunisia reports that a Dutch Mp has called for banning the Quran in the Netherlands.
Bolivia: Wishes and Relief on Independence Day
August 6th marked Bolivia's Independence Day and also marked a time for Bolivian bloggers to reflect on the current state of their country. Many recognize that the nation still has a long way to go, but others paint a picture of a country that they would like to see.
Bahrain: Female Attractiveness
Female attractiveness is the latest post by Bahraini blogger emoodz.
Saudi: Internet Censorship
The Saudi National Society for Human Rights is pressing for the unblocking of a site in Saudi Arabia, writes Saudi Jeans.
Tunisia: Baklava Newspapers
Tunisian blogger Boudourou ridicules a paper in this Arabic post, for publishing an ad which urges readers to subscribe in return for a package of almond baklava.
Women bloggers targets for filtering in Iran
Mehdi Mohseni's blog Jomhour [Fa] (means Republic in Perisan) is a definitive source of information about social and political issues in Iran. If you “chase” Iranian blogs, you shouldn't miss this one. Around 1000 people visit daily. Q: Would you introduce yourself and your blog ? My name is Mehdi...
Bolivia: Website for Bloggers Convention
Bloguivianos [ES] is the recently launched website for the upcoming national blog convention to be held in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. http://www.bloguivianos.com/
Bolivia: Recipes Blog
Cocina Boliviana [ES] is a new food blog dedicated to the promotion of Bolivian recipes.
Madagascar hosts Indian Ocean Island Games
The Indian Ocean Island Games are underway in Madagascar and people are quite thrilled about it. Harinjaka gives us a preview of the anticipation back home: “C’est parti pour le 7 ème Jeux des îles de l’Océan Indien (JIOI). La flamme olympique arrive aujourd’hui au stade de Mahamasina (Tananarive) pour...
China and Hong Kong: Merging of Shenzhen and Hong Kong
Hong Kong Chief Executive's think tank, Bauhinia Foundation Research Centre, proposed the merging of Shenzhen and Hong Kong into a metropolitan, Lu qui luwei noticed the change of attitude in relating to China and the potential debate on free flow of population(zh).
Argentina: Theft from Checked Luggage
Jorge Gobbi and his Blog de Viajes [ES] writes about the recent discovery that employees, in complicity with the police,at the Ezeiza aiport in Buenos Aires have been stealing valuables from checked luggage.
Hong Kong: No Fur
The World's top model Joanna Krupa took a nude photo to promote no fur campaign in Hong Kong. Littleoslo found the poster design very unattractive.
China: Grassroots Magazine banned
Yaoblog reported that a grassroots magazine Minjian was banned by Guangdong Publication Department (zh). The Magazine was founded in 2005 by social development research center in Zhongshan University.
Documentary on Workers Rights in the Gulf
Jane in Doha points us to a documentary (in Arabic) produced by AlJazeera on the condition of workers in the Gulf States. She is happy that the regional media is paying attention to this problem since there are “17 million foreign workers in the Gulf. Most are from Asia and...
China: Cultural Revolution
Zhao Si-long recommended an article about the economic background of Cultural Revolution (zh) with some class and social grouping analysis.
Uzbekistan: Helping Russia
Jamiyat writes that Uzbek businessman Gafur Rakhimov has helped Russia win its bid for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Uzbekistan: Getting a Tajik visa
Joshua Kucera writes about his ordeal of trying to get a Tajik visa in Uzbekistan's capital Tashkent.
Kyrgystan: SCO summit and no beer
Asel writes that central supermarkets in Kyrgyzstan's capital Bishkek are not selling any alcohol ahead of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit slated to take place next week.
Part Two: Defending online free speech and environmental rights in Bulgaria
In Part One of this article, I outlined recent threats to the Bulgarian environment and the vibrant web-led protest movement that developed in response. In this article I speak to Milena Bokova, BlueLink Information Network executive director, who talks about the intimidation against her colleague, blogger Michel Bozgounov, the threats to the freedom of online expression in her country, and the Bluelink Freenet Campaign.
Afghanistan: Civilian casualties in Helmand
The US argues that by fighting from civilian compounds, the Taliban are responsible for the death of innocent people in the Helmand province. That is short of blaming the victims, thinks The Stragegist. Meanwhile, Afghanistan Watch reports that a British commander has criticised the US for not changing its strategy...