Stories from 12 September 2007
Egypt: Corruption Stories
Whisper of Madness shares with us horror stories about corruption in Egypt's Interior Ministry hospitals in this post.
Egypt: Why Arabs Support Bin Laden?
“Bin Laden’s support eminates from the fact that the US wants his ass so much. Ask any Arab would you like Bin Laden to rule your country? And the answer will most probably be no. Ask him whether he wants the US to capture him or not. The answer will...
Iraq: Accident on the Way
HNK, from Iraq, updates us on life in Iraq, passing exams, holidays in Syria and an accident they met with on their way back to Iraq.
Mumbai police to monitor cyber-cafes
In its war against terrorism, Mumbai’s police is planning to install keystroke loggers in Mumbai’s cyber cafes. This new monitoring software, CARMS (Cyber Access Remote Monitoring System), that Mumbai’s police are requiring the city’s 500 Internet cafes to install, “will capture every keystroke by users and turn that information over...
Jordan: A Journey in Blogs
Naseem Tarawnah from Jordan talks a walk down the memory lane of citizen journalism in Jordan in this post.
Jordan: The Power of Blogs
“Those whose only reaction in life is cynicism and negativism can scoff all they want at blogs and the power of electronic media. But one thing is certain: blogging and other forms of electronic, people powered media can change something,” writes Ahmad Humeid from Jordan.
Russia: Russian Orphanage Graduates
Window on Eurasia writes on the tragic fate of nearly 90 percent of the Russian state orphanage graduates.
Russia, Saudi Arabia: Hajj Quota
This year, more Muslims from Russia are willing to go on the hajj to Mecca than there are slots allotted by the Saudi authorities. Window on Eurasia writes about the problems inherent in this situation.
Russia: “The Chechen Card”
Window on Eurasia writes that there is more than one way in which “the Chechen card” could be played in the 2008 presidential election.
Ukraine: Cost of Living
Foreign Notes reports on an opinion poll whose results show that many Ukrainians worry about the cost of living.
Russia, Germany: Schroeder's Memoir
Eternal Remont comments on Gerhard Schroeder’s memoir – published in Russia by Gazprom.
Russia: High-Ranking Officials and Reckless Driving
Russia Blog writes about a deadly car accident caused by the motorcade of the head of Russia’s Supreme Court: “And as always when we hear about another preventable death on Russia's highways, we ask the question: is all of this insane driving by Russian officials justified, or is it just...
Russia: Surprise Nomination of Victor Zubkov
President Vladimir Putin accepted the resignation of Russia’s prime minister Mikhail Fradkov today and perplexed Russia-watchers by nominating Victor Zubkov, the little-known head of the Federal Financial Monitoring Service, for the premier's post. Here are a few reactions from English-language Russia blogs.
India: Homosexuality and Crime
To Each Its Own on homosexuality in India, its legal perception and the issue of criminality.
Sri Lanka: Service and Excellence
Cerno on the excellent service in Sri Lanka in the unexpected and “unglamorous” places.
Pakistan: National Art Gallery
Metroblogging Islamabad on a visit to the National Art Gallery, and the surprises within, including portrayal of homosexuality and nudity.
Nepal: Internal goodwill
Nepal Monitor on how internal goodwill is needed in the country and how it could be generated.
Africa: The challenge of non-profit incubation
Ethan writes about the Kamusi Project: “Evidently, Kamusi has had a conflict with Yale, which hosted the project. According to the Kamusi website, the project “has been ordered to remove all links to the sites that the project has relied on to raise revenue for project maintenance and improvement.”
Bloggers on the Ethiopian Millennium
On September 11 2007, or 1 Meskerem 2000, Ethiopia entered in its third millennium in accordance with the Ethiopian calendar, which is about seven years behind the Gregorian calendar. Ethiopian bloggers have devoted a great deal of attention to the event.
Ecuador: President Correa Unveils His Blog
The curiosity behind President Rafael Correa's preview of the creation of his personal blog finally subsided, when the head of state unveiled his new means of communication with the people of Ecuador. The introduction of his personal blog [ES] was made through a video uploaded on YouTube (with English sub-titles)...
Singapore: How Singaporeans Got Quake News
Leafmonkey blogs about how the news of earthquake in neighbouring Indonesia spread in Singapore – a country with very good internet infrastructure.