Stories from 24 November 2007
Iran:Students were beaten up in prison
In Allameblog,Ali Tavakoli says[Fa] that his brother, Majid Tavakoli, and Ahmad Ghasabian,two jailed student activists,were beaten up by security agents in prison and were injured seriously.
Life in the Armenian Diaspora reports that HaShiSh, an Armenian punk rock band from South America, is touring the U.S. Meanwhile, Unzipped posts an account of former System of a Down frontman, Serj Tankian, performing in London.
Armenia: Demise of the Dollar
Life Around Me reports that the Armenian Dram continues to strengthen against the Dollar. While many in Armenia continue to believe that the change is connected with the upcoming presidential election, the blog notes that it is set to continue as the New Year approaches and many Armenians exchange dollar...
Georgia: Russian Peacekeepers
Steady State looks at how the Georgian authorities use public concerns over tensions and clashes with Russian peacekeepers stationed in the breakaway region of Abkhazia for its own political ends.
Georgia: Media Petition
Resistance Georgia reports that Georgian journalists on both sides of the political divide are signing a petition to protest Imedi TV beign taken off the air during the recent clashes in Tbilisi.
Run by an immigrant from Armenia now living in the United States, Blogian urges its readers to make a donation to the annual Thanksgiving Day Telethon held in the Diaspora. A day after the fund raising, The Armenian Observer reports that the telethon raised over $15 million.
China: Recently, Can You Afford Meat?
The Chinese National Bureau of Statistics reported that China's October inflation rate had reached 6.5 percent which was the highest during the last 10 years. Although the government described the inflation as a structural price increase, the netizens and bloggers in China have their own views and concerns.
Bahrain: Sad News
Bahraini blogger Qassem Abdulrasool mourns the death of a friend in this post.
Bahrain: The Comeback Podcast
Bahraini blogger emoodz posts his ‘weekly’ podcast after a long break. In his bilingual (Arabic/English) chat, Mohammed Al Maskati touches on local politics and the value of work.
Mexico: The Finances of Fox
The Mex Files discusses the recent investigations into the finances of former Mexican President Vicente Fox.
Mexico: Free Wi-Fi for the Capital
Vivir México [es] writes about the agreement signed by Mexico City government and a the ZTE Corporation to provide free wi-fi throughout the city.
Lebanese: Indentification by Sect
Lebanese blogger m. accuses the BBC of following the crowd, and identifying people it interviews by their sects.
Jordan: How Can Women be Leaders?
Jordanian Nasimjo accuses women in his country of being selfish and wonders how they can aspire to become leaders.
Ukraine: Luzhkov and Chernomyrdin on Holodomor
Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov said this about the vandalized Holodomor exhibit in Moscow: “It seems to me that this exhibit had one purpose: to disunite and alienate the Russian and Ukrainian peoples.” Ukrainiana applies Luzhkov's logic to the Holocaust: “Do they keep those Auschwitz, Buchenwald, and Treblinka museums just to...
Slovenia: 70,000 Workers Protest in Ljubljana
Sleeping with Pengovsky writes about “the largest gathering of people since the end of World War II” in Slovenia's capital: “70.000 (yes, seventy thousand) workers demanded a rise in basic wages. The constant tug-of-war between the unions and the employers was fueled by rising inflation […] which hit those with...
Slovenia: St. Martin’s Day in Ormož
Jennifer Dorroh writes about and posts pictures and video of the celebration of St. Martin’s Day in Ormož.
Slovenia: Radovljica Pictures
Adventures in Wheelville posts pictures of Radovljica's staro mesto.