4 November 2007

Stories from 4 November 2007

Iran:A top Iranian musician in Norway

  4 November 2007

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.

Japan: Ozawa resigns, a new era begins

  4 November 2007

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.

Wales: Armenian Genocide Memorial, Protest

  4 November 2007

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.

Lebanon: Price rise

  4 November 2007

“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

  4 November 2007

“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

  4 November 2007

“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

  4 November 2007

“…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…”...

Japan: Dolphins and Heroes

  4 November 2007

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.

Armenia: Homeless

  4 November 2007

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

  4 November 2007

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.

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