Stories from 18 January 2008
Hala S, an Iraqi who lives in the UK, relates an incident which made the following thought ring true: “There will be no democracy and no freedom in the Middle East till men learn how to respect women and look at them as partners not inferiors”.
A Libyan detainee at Guantanamo Bay could have been infected with the deadly Aids virus after a blood transfusion, says his Chicago-based lawyer H Candace Gorman.
Jounoune, from Lebanon, links to a news report which says that at least three people were killed in the latest cold wave to hit the country.
The French are making their presence felt in the Gulf – after signing an agreement with the UAE to establish a military base there, reports Abu Aardvark.
Mark finds his picture as a child in a photography book on Kuwait.
Khalaf takes a look at the issue of illegitimate children in Jordan in this post.
Natalia Antonova interviews a Ukrainian man on prostitution.
Ukrainiana writes about “grossly uncivil conduct” of Ukraine's interior minister, who beat up Kyiv's mayor today.
Orange Ukraine writes on how Crimean politicians “are asking for testing of Ukrainian language to be conducted in Russian” – or else they wouldn't let the country's PM enter the peninsula.
Belgrade 2.0 writes about Emir Kusturica's dislike of Die Hard, Bruce Willis and all things Hollywood.
Robert Amsterdam writes on the plight of Vasily Alexanyan, an imprisoned and gravely-ill former Yukos executive.
Lituanica has more on the story of the missing borders and one poor cleaning lady, who was on her way to work in Kaunas, Lithuania, but fell asleep and found herself in Tartu, Estonia, instead.
Latvian Abroad reviews Defenders of Riga, “a feel-good patriotic movie”: “And watching a war movie in which bombs were falling on the familiar streets on which I've walked thousands of time, just a few hundred meters from the movie theater… was so much more intense emotionally.”
Pictures from Macedonia, Moscow, St. Petersburg and Novgorod (here and here) – from Flickr user quinn.anya (via Openly Feminist, a Bulgarian-language blog by Petya of Bighead).
East Ethnia writes about the legacy of chess champion Bobby Fischer, who died today: “Maybe there will be an opportunity now to remember him for what he achieved, less so than for what he became.”
To each its own on the rather contentious issue of mandatory HIV/AIDS testing.
Hissyfits speaks out – reflecting on the way politics and anti-Tamil sentiment can affect everyday life.
Times Eye is rather annoyed with the biased coverage of the killing of two MPs in the media.
Lanka Rising on a rather unexpected positive outcome – “Due to terrorist threat to the Colombo harbor, the government declared the sea near the harbor as a banned zone for intruders including the fishermen”
Iraqi Konfused Kid sheds light on discussions surrounding a new Iraqi flag.
Elijah Zarwan, from Egypt, reports that the Egyptian parliament is threatening to cut ties with the European Parliament and the Euro-Mediterranean Council if the European Parliament passes a resolution criticizing Egypt’s record on human rights.