Stories from 2 October 2007
Palestine: Playboy Anti-Semitic?
Palestinian blogger Haitham Sabbah claims that Playboy is now being slanted as anti-semitic.
Lebanon: You Are What You Sound
“During the (un)civil war, people got killed because they had the ‘wrong’ pronunciation of tomato at the ‘wrong’ road block,” writes Lebanese blogger Moussa Bashir.
Ecuador: Alianza Pais Wins the Majority of Seats
Nearly 9 million Ecuadoran nationals and others who live abroad voted for delegates for the Constituent Assembly, which will be charged with rewriting the Constitution. Current President Rafael Correa's political party, Alianza Pais, was expected to win a large majority of these positions. Even though the official tally is still being counted, early estimates have given Correa a majority in the 130-member assembly. Ecuadoran bloggers give their thoughts on these preliminary results.
Itching for Eestimaa writes about “the abyss of the Estonian winter.”
Ukraine, Estonia: Yulia Tymoshenko
Itching for Eestimaa offers an Estonian perspective on Yulia Tymoshenko.
Serbia: Now on Second Life
Belgrade 2.0 writes about Serbia's presence on Second Life.
Russia: Vasily Yakemenko
Sean's Russia Blog writes about the Kremlin's man in Russia's youth world.
Russia: Understanding “Putin's Plan”
Darkness at Noon attempts to understand “Putin's Plan.”
Ukraine: Election Math
Ukrainiana and Orange Ukraine consider the math of the Sept. 30 vote.
Ukraine: So Long, Oleksandr Moroz?
According to the preliminary results of Ukraine's snap parliamentary election, five parties and blocs appear to have obtained the minimum 3-percent share of the vote required to enter the new parliament - and the Socialist Party led be Oleksandr Moroz is not one of them. Moroz was Victor Yushchenko's ally during the 2004 Orange Revolution, but joined Victor Yanukovych's coalition to become the speaker in 2006. Some Ukrainian bloggers are already discussing the renegade politician's likely defeat.
Lebanon: Fires across the country
Lebanese news services are reporting the ignition of numerous brush fires across the country, causing residents in some areas to flee. Blacksmiths of Lebanon posts updates and photos.
Lebanon: Israel spinning nuclear threat
Israel, Israel Army Radio, and Haaretz are spinning the threat of a nuclear war in the Middle East to legitimise Israel's hidden military nuclear program, writes Sophia.
Iran:Ministry of Guidance and Blogs
Fahimeh in her blog,Occupation Reporter, says[Fa] that the Ministry of Islamic Guidance published a 40 pages study about blogs.According to this study only 40 percent of bloggers mention their real names in their own blogs.This study also mentions that a growing number of blogs write about politics.
Jordan: Hacking Apple Products
“One of the reasons I love Ramadan is that I become productive in a crazy way… After the nap I start hacking & experimenting with different stuff. Don't think of hacking the wrong way. So what have I been up to recently? Mostly hacking Apple related products; the two most...
India, Burma: Notes on a gathering
Sacred Media Cow on a gathering in India in support of the pro-democracy protests in Burma.
Bangladesh: Geneva Camp in Dhaka
imperfect world 2007 on people living in Geneva Camp in Dhaka, people waiting to be repatriated to Pakistan after the creation of Bangaldesh in 1971.
India: Faculty and Institutions
nanopolitan on attracting faculty in Indian institutions, and keeping them there.
India: Ethics and Slum Tours
Mumbai Magic on poverty, and the ethics of slum tours.
Iran: Ahmadinejad's trip to USA
Pasdaran informs[Fa] us that several Iranian leaders including a reformist leader considered Ahmadinejad's trip to USA and his speech in Columbia University very fruitful.
Iran:The Day After We Bomb Iran
Chris Weigant writes in his blog that “enough attention is not being paid to what happens after we rain death from the skies down on Iran. Which is a shame, because that's what we ignored during the ramp-up to war with Iraq.”
Philippines: Bloggers React To Poll Chief's Resignation
The chairman of Philippines Commission on Elections resigned earlier this week amidst allegations that he was involved in brokering a telecom infrastructure deal with a Chinese company. Tonyo Cruz rounds up the reactions of bloggers in Philippines.