17 November 2007

Stories from 17 November 2007

Rising Voices in Sierra Leone and Bangladesh

  17 November 2007

This week we highlight developments of two of the Rising Voices grantees in Asia and Africa. Interns at the Think Build Change Salone in Sierra Leone are starting to document their experiences while Bangladeshi women at the Nari Jibon center add video and photography to their skill kit.

Iran:Interview with a Photo blogger

  17 November 2007

Pars Arts has interviewed “Life Goes on in Tehran”,an Iranian photo blogger.In Pars Arts we read that “the photo blog Life Goes on in Tehran highlights ordinary Tehran life in an effort to dispel Western myths and poorly slanted media coverage about Iran.”

Bahamas: RIP Dr. Mac

  17 November 2007

“We’re grieving because of the kind of man we’ve lost. And we’re grieving because his was a violent death”: Nicolette Bethel mourns the loss of Thaddeus Macdonald, Dean of the Faculty of Social and Educational Studies at the College of The Bahamas.

Jamaica, U.S.A.: Impulse Purchase?

  17 November 2007

“When I travel back to the U.S. I am blown away by how often the message is beamed at me to ‘BUY NOW, OR ELSE.’ Here in Jamaica, however, things don't quite work like that” – and Francis Wade likes it that way.

Korea: Samsung Scandal

  17 November 2007

Samsung lobbying scandal – the creation of a slush fund, the bribery of prosecutors and government officials, and an effort by the chairman, Lee Kun Hee, and his aide to illegally help his son take over control of Samsung – recently has shaken Korean society and seems to affect the...

Egypt: Why is Israel Scared?

  17 November 2007

“I can't find a reason why Israel is so scared that any Arab or Islamic country would own a nuclear program !! Seriously I do not find a good reason to all what the Israelis are doing whether from leading the world against Iran or attacking Egypt and KSA for...

Egypt: Police Order Teens’ Rape

  17 November 2007

Egypt-based The Arabist links to a story which accuses police officers of ordering the rape of two teenagers. “Does it ever stop? The number of cases of torture and worse in Egyptian police stations that have come to light in recent months is staggering,” notes the post.

Saudi Arabia: Women in Business

  17 November 2007

Bahraini blogger Esra'a posts a podcast featuring a lecture by Saudi businesswoman, Madawi Al Hassoun, a board member of the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce. “If you don’t know much about Saudi women, if the main thing you hold against them is their inability to drive, if you think Saudi women...

Bahrain: Kitting Out An Islamic Car

  17 November 2007

This week in Bahrain we have a thoughtful post about the nature of God, a story of a sex education class, visitors’ varying experiences of both Bahrain and Spain, and a complaint about public toilets. There is also an intriguing examination of the specifications an Islamic car should have…

Japan: Fingerprinting divides family

  17 November 2007

Blogger Lionel Dersot wonders what parents of mixed children should do when the family is split at the airport, the foreign parent subjected to Japan's new fingerprinting regulations. Remarking that no one has yet raised the issue, he asks: “Is it too intimate in the age of no-privacy to think...

Russia: To Vote, or Not To Vote?

  17 November 2007

To vote - or not to vote? To "vote with your feet" - or to follow Mikhail Khodorkovsky's advice and vote for one of the smaller parties that you don't "despise"? To boycott the election - or to spoil the ballot? To be proper and check one of the ballot's squares - or to get mischievous and write a swear word across the page? These are the questions that quite a few Russian bloggers seem to be considering right now.

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