Stories from 3 January 2008
Abu Aardvark discusses campaigns to free jailed Arab bloggers in this post. “What's happening to Arab bloggers was entirely predictable: their increasing visibility and political influence (at home and abroad) drew the attention of security services, which began to push back and try to regain control,” he writes.
Kuwaiti blogger Forza updates us on the trial of an editor of an online publication in court for slander.
Lebanese blogger Mark, who lives in Kuwait, introduces us to two video bloggers from Kuwait – Rashisha and Stan.
New Year's is the time to reflect on the past and make new resolutions for the future. What are bloggers from the Arab world saying as the world bids 2007 farewell and welcomes 2008?
Blogger Wael Abbas writes about the Egyptian court's decision to grant online publications – including blogs – the same freedom as print media. Wael reposted the text of the ruling, the final paragraph of which says (Ar): إذ أن حجب موقع بالصحافة الاليكترونية هو من ذات جنس حظر صحيفة مكتوبة...
“For the second time in just over two months, Facebook is caught in a situation that is, essentially, impossible to control”. Ronaldo Ferraz [pt] tells us the latest piece of [bad] news from the popular social network: the ban on Robert Scoble's account.
Voice Of South on why rickshaws shouldn't be banned by the government in Dhaka.
Children between 8 and 17 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, have been learning how to animate and film movies in the 20 year old El Mate Film School, with an abundant production of films, shorts, animations and a documentary or two.
Feliciano J.R. Cangüe [pt] shares with us his list of blogs and websites from Angola. Most of them are in Portuguese.
Alive in Baghdad brings us a video summing up the reactions of some Iraqis on the first anniversary of the execution of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein.
“As the candidates for (US) president prepare for the Iowa vote, their statements become more bizarre each day. I can't help but ask are there any serious candidates?” writes IraqPundit, who discusses their statements about the withdrawal of troops from Iraq.
Bahraini blogger emoodz discusses some of the ‘lies’ presented in a local television programme about riots, which broke out in Bahrain last month.
Eman, from Egypt, shares her blacklist of 2007 here.
What was potentially the Caribbean post that had the most impact in 2007? Janine Mendes-Franco gives a quick roundup of the big regional stories of the past year.
Feringhee on the overwhelming presence of dynasties in the context of democracy in South Asia.
Transcurrents on why the Sri Lankan government must protect human rights and foster pluralism.
Unheard Voices discusses the causes for the textile labour riots in Bangladesh.
Last week we reported about the bloggers reactions on the controversies surrounding the exhibition of the masterpieces of Ganges in Musée Guimet of France from the collections of the Bangladesh museums. The apprehensions of the art lovers who were protesting the unclear processes of sending the artifacts including their fear...
The New Year in Sri Lanka has a violent start. Chaar Max and Ephemeral Ruminations have more on the blast in Slave Island.
Blogian comments on news that a new ballet based on an old Armenian tale of love and tragedy will be written and performed in Turkey. However, the Armenian blogger says that while he supports Armenian-Turkish reconciliation, he is concerned by what appears to be a major historical inaccuracy written in...
Oro discusses Nigeria's four “tribes”: “I am a Nigerian. Please don’t look at my name and try to peg me to a tribe otherwise I will be glad tell you the stories of other people I have met in the last three decades of my existence — people who can...