15 August 2007

Stories from 15 August 2007

Kenya: Media Bill Faces Public Opposition

  15 August 2007

The Kenyan civil society and human rights groups are protesting against the controversial Media Bill passed by the Kenyan Parliament last week. The Bill is waiting Presidents Mwai Kibaki's assent to become part of the Kenyan law. Kenyan bloggers have been analyzing it, blogging about demonstrations in opposition to the Bill and publishing photos of demonstrators in the streets of Nairobi.

Ukraine: Immoral Politicians

  15 August 2007

Taras Kuzio comments on the immorality of some Ukrainian politicians: “Anatoliy Kinakh, Oleksandr Lavrynovych, Ivan Bilas, Taras Chornovil, Moroz, Holovatiy and many others all have one thing in common: they are male and have bruised ego’s, injured male pride and immaturity.”

Beyond Borders: Bloggers Face off over Jordanian Treatment of Iraqi Travellers

The treatment of Iraqis at the Jordan's Queen Alia Airport has triggered a storm in the Middle Eastern blogosphere. What at first seemed to be a straight forward story of refugees being ill-treated by their neighbour's security guards has spawned into a Pan-Arab spat (the type of which is normally reserved for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict), writes Mohamed Nanabhay, who sifts through blogs to bring us what the uproar is all about.

Russia: Ulster in North Caucasus

  15 August 2007

“Russian forces fighting Chechens and other rebels in the North Caucasus today are self-consciously copying the approach their British counterparts used against the Irish Republican Army in Ulster 40 years ago,” writes Window on Eurasia.

Tanzania: let's talk about textmessaging

  15 August 2007

Let's talk about textmessaging in Dar es Salaam:“And then comes the theme of this story. Somewhere along the route going at eighty kilometres per hour, the driver decides to send a text message. His eyes dart between the road and his deftly held cell phone. I am thinking, here I...

Kyrgyzstan: Chinese Flattery

  15 August 2007

Kyrgyz Report reports that now that the Chinese delegation has arrived in Kyrygzstan for the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit, the Kyrygz president Kurmanbek promptly signed a declaration that Taiwan is an “inalienable part” of China. Mirsulzhan Namazaliev comments: “I think President Bakiev hasn't even understood what he signed, as he...

Honduras: An Introduction to Honduran Blogs – Part 3

  15 August 2007

Many young Hondurans are blogging now, and personal blogs in Spanish abound. These defy being pigeon-holed into categories. Many entries are about anything or nothing in particular, the latest movie trailers, family stories, and even raunchy ads. In Part 3 of this introduction to the Honduran blogosphere, the focus is on blogs about personal and everyday topics.

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