Stories from 4 January 2008
Happy New Year from Bahrain! This week we have reflections on the year gone by, and plans for the one to come. A number of bloggers have complaints about the media, a new blogger describes an unusual experiment, and we end with some thoughts on the nature of Arabic.
On the eve of tomorrow's presidential election, TOL Georgia reports that the situation is calm in the country. However, after raising many concerns about the pre-election campaign in this and another entry, the blogger asks rhetorically, is the election free and fair?
No one could have predicted that a post on Chinese ant farmers would become the most read story on Global Voices in 2007. The top stories on this website were either those where local bloggers became important sources for the international media, or those that mainstream media didn't cover at all. See what next year holds in store for Global Voices...
Shooosh at Life in Armenia says she was surprised to discover that when she lost her wallet in Yerevan it was found and turned in. Despite many bad stories about ethnic Armenians from the Diaspora being ripped off when they visit the country, she concludes that there are honest people...
Blogian reacts harshly to news that the Azerbaijani president, Ilham Aliyev, has issued an ultimatum to ethnic Armenians living in the breakaway and self-declared Republic of Nagorno Karabakh — submit once again to Azerbaijani authority or leave.
ELCAlmeida [pt] is wondering about what he wants for Angola in 2008. He definitely knows what he does not wish: “What I do not want, once and for all, for Angola is what is happening in Kenya. Those who do not know to welcome the popular will, whatever it may...
Djoyamado [pt] tries to guess the future of politics on Cape Verde, among them: “Our primary and secondary schools’ children and teenagers will not know or will have great difficulty in getting the Prime Minister's name”. See in the previous post his less pessimistic predictions for the music in the...
Toix [pt] comments on a picture he has published: “I confess that I had never come across such a degree of indigence and neglect.”
Carlos Serra [pt], whose Diário de um sociólogo blog won the 2007 BOBs in Portuguese language, is not happy with the way the the press portrays the Lusosphere, mentioning blogs from Portugal and Brazil only. “I repeat again a call that I have already made to Mozambican bloggers: subscribe to...
Lancerlord says Malaysian minister who resigned recently after a sex video scandal is sorry for the wrong reason.
Do birds take a water bath only when the weather is hot? asks YC at the Bird Ecology Study Group blog in Singapore.
One of the most popular Sri Lankan blog aggregator – Kottu.org turns roughly 1000 days old. Some interesting perspectives on blogging and communities at Cerno.
Found In Ceylon“ on the latest news on peace in Sri Lanka – “Sri Lanka’s government–specifically, its prime minister and cabinet–voted to withdraw from its 2002 cease-fire agreement with the LTTE. ”
DefenceNet on the army overrunning an LTTE bunker line amidst heavy resistance. There is a discussion in the comments space on how credible this information may be.
Rebellious Arab Girl, a Palestinian living in Canada, says the only solution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict is peace.
Light Within on the sudden discoveries of a shared bond across the Indo-Pakistan border.
Bhutto's death isn't the only crisis in Pakistan. All Things Pakistan on the other urgent issues that need attention – power, water, natural gas and flour crises.
Palestinian Leila Al Haddad had a new year's surprise. Click here to read all about it.
Oman's Blue Chi shares his new year's resolutions in this post.
Highlander, from Libya, celebrates her country's top blogs in this post.