Stories from 5 September 2007
Korea: After the Release – Abductees in Afghanistan
Finally, the 21 Korean abductees returned to Korea. While people are pleased to see them in good condition, there are numerous criticisms about them. It seems that their attitudes and the church’s reaction after their release have brought out more arguments. In addition, how to deal with the amount of...
Wikiscanning arrives in Japan
Adamu at Mutant Frog Travelogue reports on the use of the Japanese version of Wikiscanner to track self-editing on Wikipedia by, among others, the health and labour ministry, the education ministry, a member of the Japanese National Diet, and the newspaper Mainichi shimbun. The post also links to local bloggers’...
Bahrain: Electricity Cuts
Bahraini blogger eMoodz is having his daily exercise routine interrupted by unannounced electricity cuts.
Egypt: The Cairo Social Circus
After last week's "is Mubarak Dead Scare/Celebration" that swept the Egyptian blogosphere things have gone back to normal with the usual mélange of social issues, some of them a result of the scare/controversy itself.
Iraq: Not so Depressing Blog
Iraqi blogger Layla Anwar did not take criticism lightly from an American reader that her blog, which deals with the war on Iraq, was “depressing” and “distressing.”
Russia: Pavlik Morozov
Window on Eurasia writes about the 75th anniversary of Pavlik Morozov's death: “The anniversaries of Beslan, Khasavyurt and Kondopoga have attracted more attention this year, but as in the past, a small group of Russians met on Sunday to commemorate Pavlik Morozov, the young man killed by his relatives after...
Russia: Kondopoga Anniversary
Window on Eurasia writes about the first anniversary of the Kondopoga riots.
Romania: Travel to Croatia, via Hungary
Csíkszereda musings documents the 1,000 miles of his travel through Romania, Hungary and Croatia – here and here.
Libya: Jellyfish Warning
Khadija Teri, from Libya, warns against a type of jellyfish, which can be found around beaches and gives us remedies on how to cure their painful stings.
Russia: Putin's Party Campaign Ads
LJ user dizainer posts pictures (RUS) of campaign ads of the pro-Putin United Russia party in the Pskov region; its slogans are: “Putin's Plan – United Russia” and “United Russia – Putin's Party.”
Libya: Highlander's Fourth Anniversary
Libyan blogger Highlander celebrates her blog's fourth anniversary with a trip down memory lane detailing her beginnings as a blogger.
Jordan: Arab Women on TV
Jordanian blogger Naseem Tarawnah discusses the roles given to women in Arab television programmes in this post.
China: Violent BBQ crackdown backfires
City administration officials in Chongqing attacked an illegal barbecue vendor, then the massive crowd which had formed attacked them, setting fire to the officials' vehicle; the riot squad was called in and the conflict went on into the early morning.
Serbia: Women's Beauty
Belgrade 2.0 writes about the beauty of the majority of Serbian women – a stereotype, perhaps, but a good one.
Syria: Eating Pork
Maysaloon from Syria writes about why Muslims have certain reservations against pork – aside from religious considerations, of course.
Saudi Laptop Sleeves
Looking for an interesting sleeve for your laptop? Saudi Jeans has a few ideas.
Peru: Facebook and Social Networking
Slowly, but surely, Facebook has begun to grow in popularity in comparision to other sites usually used by Peruvians. However, some Peruvian bloggers relate their experiences with this social networking site and one even offers his thoughts on some conspiracy theories regarding this popular website.
India: Madras Week
Metroblogging Chennai on the recent Madras Week, celebrating the city and its history.
India: Theatre and higher-ed
pretty blue salwar documents her experience teaching theatre in India, comparing her experience on an American campus with an Indian one.
Sri Lanka: Khaki Clad Cops
Powercut Circus on the cops in Sri Lanka and on abuse of power.
Nepal: Monarchy's future
UWB! on what could be the future of monarchy in Nepal. “..epal’s ruling, biggest and one of the oldest political party goes for federal democratic republic making it almost certain that monarchy will formally be abolished in Nepal in the next few months.”