Stories from 4 November 2007
Iran:Activist Woman in Imminent Danger
Kamangir reports that Delaram Ali, woman’s rights defender was sentenced to 2 years and 10 months prison term (which must be served in full) and 10 lashes, for her participation in a peaceful protest.
Iran:A top Iranian musician in Norway
Javid Afsari Rad Born in Isfahan, Iran, Javid Afsari Rad began studying the Santur and the traditional Persian Radif at the age of sixteen.In Norway, where he has lived since 1986, Javid is known as an innovative performer and an ingenious composer.You can listen to his music here.
Iran:Do You Think 52 Percent of Americans Support War?
Omid Memarian,blogger and journalist, says a new Zagby survey shows that 52 percent of Americans support war with Iran.He adds I can imagine what the mainstream media has done with the public opinion during the last years.
Africa Environment: Conservation Efforts, Carbon Footprints and Land Rights
In several posts from Africa, we get a glimpse of conservation efforts in the different countries, hindrances faced in some countries and success in at least one. The countries we read from are South Africa, Zambia and D.R Congo in regards to conservation, and from Kenya and Uganda regarding carbon...
Iran:A cartoon about journalists
Nikahang has published a new cartoon about the Iranian journalists and their difficult economic situation.The only persian word in this cartoon means “fired”.
Japan: Ozawa resigns, a new era begins
Observing Japan writes about the resignation of Ozawa Ichiro, leader of the main opposition Democratic Party of Japan, observing that while the party could benefit from Ozawa's departure, the event may also bring momentum to the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.
Iran:Art and Prostitutes
Homeyra presents us Khosrow Hassanzadeh's paintings.You can watch a collection of this painter's “Prostitues” here.
Iran:Iranian Defense Contractor
Pars Arts informs us about Diomil,”an Iranian site where you can buy the weapons.”
Wales: Armenian Genocide Memorial, Protest
Unzipped reports on the unveiling of a monument to commemorate the victims of the Armenian Genocide at the Temple of Peace in Cardiff. Attending was James in Turkey who expresses concerns with the eviction of Turkish journalists from the event.
Touring Libyan Blogs: Hospital raises an orphan and the ostrich factor
The touching story of how a hospital is raising an orphan restores Fozia Mohamed's faith in doctors. Also from Libya this week is a raging debate about prostitutes and packs harassing women in parks and public places.
Lebanon: Price rise
“Everything that has occurred over the past 6 weeks is passable […] But when Ghalayini's Man'ousheh becomes 500 Liras [0.30 USD] there is no place for silence. Enough already! Some heads must roll,” writes Jamal, who is satirizing the sudden and sharp increase of prices.
Lebanon: Lazy minds
“There to the eastern part of downtown Beirut, lay a synagogue […] desolated and still , it shows a history of Jewish community once were alive and now scattered about between here and abroad,” writes Oldboy in a post about laziness to know past Jewish sufferings and current Palestinian miseries.
Lebanon: Balfour's declaration
“What surprises me is that here we are ninety years later with zionists, and some Arabs, playing exactly the same games, speaking in the name of Jews, or in the case of Saudis in the name of all Arabs, leading countries to war, for the egoistic interests of the few…”...
Lebanon: Questionable anti-war campaign
“…one thing is sure advertising companies in Lebanon have for a while became a third […] disciplinary institution, but in this case a very perverse one: As its moral program does not have any ‘practical’ implication […] its materially empty discursive production can at best create schizophrenic attitudes among people…”...
Bahrain: If You're Arab And We Know It…
Bahrain's bloggers are facing hard times this week, with two being denied entry to Kuwait, another subjected to racial profiling in Japan, and a fourth traumatised by a change in Dairy Queen's menu...
Cambodia: Phnom Penh Street Images
Cambodia based photoblogger mythicaldude is back after a hiatus with some images from the streets of Phnom Penh.
Japan: Dolphins and Heroes
In English-language media and blogs this week, everyone had something to say about the Japanese dolphin hunt in Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture. Footage of angry Japanese fishermen clashed with images of blonde-haired Western celebrities endeavouring to "share the water" with the soon-to-be slaughtered dolphins. While opinion on the issue in English-language blogs and forums for the most part supported the spirit of the protest, Japanese bloggers had differing things to say.
Myanmar: Jotman's Reports From Myanmar
Thailand based blogger Jotman has brought some great videos and stories from inside Myanmar.
Armenia, the blog of an ethnic Armenian from the U.S. volunteering in the country, reports on a family she encountered that will soon be homeless this winter. The blogger writes that the family will not be the only one to find themselves on the streets this year.
Armenia: Regional TV Under Pressure
The Armenian Observer reports on a visit by various media organizations to support the embattled GALA TV in Gyumri. After broadcasting the speech of former President Levon Ter Petrosian, the station finds itself under the scrutiny of the local tax authorities.
Nigerian physics student's homemade heliocopter
Afrigadget has photographs of a homemade helicopter built by a 24 year-old Nigerian physics major from scrap metal, old car parts and the wreckage of a Boeing 747 airplane.