Stories from 21 September 2007
Lebanon: Explosions Depressing
“It’s really gotten to a point where there isn’t much more that can go wrong. I’ve honestly lost count on how many politicians have gotten assassinated in the past couple of years and its depressing and sickening,” writes Lebanese blogger Mark.
Cambodia: Blogging from Siem Reap
Cambodian blogger and Global Voices Author Tharum Bun talks to fellow blogger Vireak from Seam Reap. Tharum asks Vireak about his motivations for starting and maintaining his blog. Vireak shares his unique ideas on the blogging scene in Cambodia.
Lebanon: Calling for the boycott of a book
Arch.Memory at Lebanese Blogger Forum is calling for the boycott of the bestselling book “1000 Places To See Before You Die” because it has a “gaping omission that is simply shameful and unacceptable. It lists no sites worth seeing in Lebanon, a country that contains 6 of the UNESCO World...
Bahrain: No Eating, No Drinking, No Smoking – And No Work?
In the Bahraini blogosphere this week we hear from a blogger who wants a job, and a blogger who wishes he didn’t have a job. There's also a student entering her final year, unemployed teachers, and an MP who thinks Muslims shouldn't have to work during Ramadan. One blogger reveals that there are fifteen ways to spell his name. And a 'football widow' tells her story!
Honduras: Hondutel-Chimirri Controversy
La Gringa provides two thorough background information posts on the Hondutel-Chimirri controversy in Honduras.
Guatemala: Views On Indigenous People
Much of Guatemalan population descends from indigenous origins, in whole or part. Only a small minority comes from a different racial origin. That's why the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People released on September 13 is so relevant for the country. However, of higher concern is the expressions and views of "indigenous" and racism from Guatemalan bloggers.
Lebanon: Assassination Foreseen
“‘Something big will happen after Ramadan.’ ‘People will start fighting outside of Beirut.’ And the most popular one: ‘Someone will get killed during the presidential elections.’ [snip] Well, it seems that the Lebanese were right to think ‘the situation’ would heat up at the end of September,” wrote Melissa about...
Ukraine: Campaign Ads
Petro of Petro's Jotter surveys Kyiv's election campaign ads.
Ukraine: Surviving Kyiv Roads
Petro of Petro's Jotter offers tips on how to survive on Kyiv's roads: “… drive a big car with air bags, stay out of the left lane when there is an opposing traffic lane and no guard rail, and don't drive fast.”
Ukraine: Radiation Reconnaissance Mission
MoldovAnn visits the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone again, on the first Radiation Reconnaissance Mission, and writes about it, and also posts lots of photos.
Ukraine: Serhiy Kalinovskyi's Escape
Foreign Notes writes about Serhiy Kalinovskiy, “a member of Kyiv's ‘gilded youth'” and a reckless driver, who killed his girlfriend and a police officer, and then escaped from a private hospital: “Much has been made of stripping criminal immunity from VR deputies recently, but everyone knows that in reality, if...
Ukraine: Troubles Ahead; Kivalov Interview
Foreign Notes writes about political troubles that may await Ukraine following the Sept. 30 parliamentary election. Also, LEvko translates an interview with former head of the Central Election Commission, Serhiy Kivalov, whose “literary skills seem to exceed the numeracy skills that he demonstrated in 2004.”
Russia: The Pulse of the Blogosphere
Scraps of Moscow tries the Pulse of the Blogosphere, a new feature of the Russian Yandex portal and writes about some of the findings – here and here: “Consider this – the Russian blogosphere has consistently mentioned “porno” and “pornography” fewer times than it has mentioned Putin for most of...
Jamaica: Moving House
Montego Bay Day By Day posts a photographic account of the moving of a “chattel house” in Jamaica.
Barbados: Peace Be Unto You
Cheese-on-bread! joins her fellow Barbadians in celebrating International Peace Day.
Russia: Media and Blogs on Zubkov
Scraps of Moscow posts a comprehensive review of blog and media coverage of Russia's new prime minister Victor Zubkov.
India: Pursuing a PhD
nanopolitan on getting more students in India to pursue their PhDs.
Bahamas: Price Control
“Three cheers for a politician that finally has the guts to speak the truth on a highly political matter,” writes Rick Lowe at WeblogBahamas.com, as the country's Prime Minister makes a statement on price control at the recent CARICOM Summit.
Sri Lanka: Information Security
Voice Of South on creating awareness in the Government about information security.
Russia: More on Ingushetia
David McDuff links to his own translation of a piece on the situation in Ingushetia.
Nepal: Kidney Racket
Deepak's Diary on the human organ trading racket in Nepal.