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12 October 2007

Stories from 12 October 2007

First reactions to the Al Gore/IPCC Nobel Peace Prize Win

Here's a quick roundup up some of the initial reactions from the global blogosphere to today's announcement that former US vice president Al Gore and the UN Intergovernmental Panel on...

Argentina: The Trouble With Trains

Train travel in Argentina, whether it is long-distance, regional or local, seems to attract plenty of complaints from users. At times, many of these gripes never make it to managers,...

Free Speech Roundup: China, UAE, Jordan, Iran and more

Two interesting documents related to Internet censorship and circumvention were published recently: “Everyone's Guide to By-Passing Internet Censorship for Citizens Worldwide”, released by The University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab and...

Palestine: New Baby on the Way

Palestinian blogger and journalist Leila Haddad says she's expecting a new baby. “Yousuf has already taken to his new role as older sibling like a fish to water, and has...

Oman: Wearing Glasses

Omani blogger Muscati is back to wearing glasses, after the effects of his Lasek operation wore off!

Oman: Visa Issues

Devilish from Oman shows us some of the tactics used by the US Embassy to grant visas to Omanis travelling to the US in this post.

Egypt: Meeting the Muslim Brotherhood

Abu Aardvark, aka Marc Lynch, was in Cairo – where he met with Muslim Brotherhood officials and bloggers. Read his take on the visit here.

Lebanon: Bittersweet Blogging

Louis-Noel Harfouche has returned to blogging about Lebanon in a new post about the Arabic language. “And bitter[sweet] and disheartening as it (and its people) are at times, Lebanon remains...

Lebanon: Looking for a Savior

Lebanese blogger Shirin is looking for a savior. “The search for a savior – one who'll literally save Lebanon, won't be in vain. I trust the brave members of the...

Kuwait: Lebanon Holiday

Lebanese blogger Fonzy, who lives in Kuwait, is travelling to Lebanon and Syria for a short break. “(T)he best part is that ALL my friends in Kuwait are spending the...

Lebanon: Being Nice

Lebanese blogger Rami Zurayk writes about how a minister's adviser criticized comments he wrote on his blog as sarcastic. “Sarcasm? I was being nice,” he notes.

Jordan: Jail Sentence Criticized

Jordanian The Observer criticizes the jailing of Ahmad Oweidi al-Abbadi, even though he doesn't agree with his policies.

Japan: Sports with “no future”

Why do people play sports? Is it out of a love for the game, just for a good time, or is it actually a career choice like any other? 21-year-old...

Czech Rebublic: Oglo/Blog Day

NvB: Bored in Brno? celebrated Blog Day belatedly, on Oct. 9: “I've decided to rename it since 09/10 looks more like “Oglo” than “blog,” but in case that's too confusing...

Czech Rebublic: Radar Base, Pro and Con

Petr Bokuvka of The Czech Daily Word argues that the Brdy Mountains villagers should welcome the U.S. radar base: “They know they can live without the base and they refuse...

Czech Rebublic: “Switched at Birth”

“For almost a year two couples took care of a newborn baby that was not theirs. According to several Czech dailies the babies were mistakenly switched moments after the birth...

Hungary: The 1956 Monument writes about the sorry state of Budapest's the 1956 Memorial, dedicated just a year ago.

Slovakia, Hungary: Unfriendly Relationship

Pestcentric writes about the not-too-friendly Slovak-Hungarian relations.

Hungary: New Building, Old Facade

Pestcentric posts a picture of a new building being built around the old facade.

Guyana: Global warming and the day after

Hot weather makes Guyana-Gyal reflect on a possible day-after environmental disaster scenario: “bangbangbang thousands of foreign people banging on we doors…”

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