Stories from 30 November 2007
The Islamic Army has issued a statement denouncing the Annapolis Peace Summit. Ladybird from Iraq posts the communique here.
Egyptian blogger Zeinobis lists some of the sites blocked in Syria – which include Amazon, hotmail, Skype, blogger and Facebook.
Jennifer Dorroh posts pictures of Piran and links to her article in the American Journalism Review on how “multimedia journalists may change the definition of ‘foreign correspondent’.”
“For those of you who dislike the two state solution, perhaps consider that it's a lot better than the one state solution which appears to be the only alternative,” writes Expat Egghead, who lives in Israel.
Jordanian Ohoud is lost for words after reading that an Israeli has opened four shops in Dubai.
Two years of hard work are finally paying off for Jordanian Laith, whose film will be shown in the Sundance Festival.
Is culture dead in Kuwait? asks Kuwaiti blogger Hanan.
Owlspotting announces issue #4 of the Romanian edition of Esquire.
The beatroot writes: “Poland has to build six new stadiums before co-hosting with Ukraine the Euro 2012 football tournament. Problem is, many of its construction workers are in the UK and Ireland. Damn! How to make up the labour shortage? Bus in the convicts. Brilliant, isn’t it?”
The beatroot writes about a “u-turn in foreign policy” initiated by Poland's new PM: “Relations with Russia […] have not been good over the last two years of the Law and Justice government, led by the President’s brother, Jarolsaw. When Donald Tusk was elected he vowed to improve them. So...
“The Egyptian newspaper in the last two weeks has nothing to speak about except the wedding of the year Ahmed Ezz and Shahinaz El-Nagger in a very stupid way,” explains Zeinobia .
Bahraini blogger Esra'a writes about the narrowing digital divide in the Arab world here.
Ray Hanania performs at the Off the Wall Comedy Club in Palestine and Israel and writes about his experience here.
Lituanica writes about the Russian diaspora in Lithuania.
Latvian Abroad writes about protest rallies against low wages in Lithuania and Latvia.
Is Bush Mr Palestine? Egyptian blogger D B Shobrawy has a different stance.
A Fistful of Euros comments on the upcoming election in Russia and the newly-formed coalition in Ukraine: “Soon we will know the players in the inevitable next round of wrangles over energy supplies, prices and politics in Central and Eastern Europe.”
Heard the latest Egyptian joke on Annapolis? Zeinobia delivers it here.
Ukrainian Musical Matters writes about pop singer Ani Lorak.
Egyptian blogger Wael Abbas, whose YouTube account has recently been suspended, suffers a new blow (Ar) – this time from Yahoo – which has since disabled his Yahoo email account.
Egyptian bloggers this week rejoice over the imprisonment of corrupt police officers, who tortured a carpenter to death. The celebration is all the more special, following the sentencing of men in uniform who tortured Emad Al Kabir. In this post, bloggers remind us that their happiness is short-lived, as abuse is rife and freedom of expression continues to be curtailed.