Stories from 20 January 2008
A proposal by the Iraqi Parliament to change the flag has started a heated debate among Iraqi bloggers this week. And there is more.. hear news from the front line of the Iraqi resistance, remembering the 1991 war, what happened when the army tried to demolish a bridge in Mosul and the low down on Iraqi satellite TV.
A video showing some pranks Saudi youngsters were up to, posted by Mark from Kuwait, has raised concerns among some of his readers.
Desert Girl from Kuwait is planning to make a camel meat meal.
Jordanian blogger Firas asks: Is the Jordanian pension system sustainable?
Two Iraqi bloggers have tied the knot, reports Konfused Kid from Iraq.
Egypt's Ibn Al Dunya congratulates Egyptian American photographer Kim Badawi for winning the Arab Media & Society competition for best photography.
A group of Bahrain bloggers have started an environmental campaign to warn of the dangers of plastic bags, writes Bint Battuta in Bahrain.
Asking Tough Questions in Tough Places analyzes another blog post on the 18th anniversary of Black January in Azerbaijan.
My Armenia Election Monitor 2008 blog is now fully up and running and in cooperation with GV Author The Armenian Observer, it is anticipated that a weekly round up of discussion and debate in the Armenian, Russian and English language blogospheres will be made available through Global Voices Online. The...
Kyle’s Journey in Armenia reports that Peace Corps Volunteers and other expat workers in Yerevan, the Armenian capital, are delighted by the opening of the country's first ever Kenty Fried Chicken franchise. However, the blogger remarks, not everybody is happy that ketchup is sold by the sachet.
Luiz Carlos Azenha [pt] shows how the same media that promoted panic in Brazil recommending mass vaccination against yellow fever is now eager to blame the government. “Look at this cheeky maneuver by [newspaper] Estadão, where there is not a single line discussing the role of the media in spreading...
Malai Azul [pt] tries to understand the silence of the media when it comes to East Timor's issues. “I am talking about Lusa Agency's work, or the lack of work, in East Timor. About their systematic silencing about what is going on in East Timor, in almost every level. About...
Jorge Rosmaninho [pt] describes the carnival atmosphere that has invaded the streets in Conakry, Guinea, because of the Cup of African Nations, which started today. Football is the order of the day. “These days, football makes us forget that there is a dispute between the President and the Prime Minister...
“Where is the transparency?”, asks PE Body Count [pt] on learning that the Secretary of Social Defense in Pernambuco, Brazil has decided to stop providing information on violence and crime rates to the press. “The attitude, in the most naive approach, may raise suspicion that there manipulation of the homicide...
Window on Eurasia remembers the events and circumstances surrounding Black Friday, 20 January 1990, when Soviet troops went on the rampage in the Azerbaijani capital, Baku. The blog says the event marked the end of the former Soviet Union.
On the first anniversary of the murder of Hrant Dink in Istanbul, Turkey, Unzipped: Gay Armenia remembers the slain newspaper editor and journalist speaking on Turkey-Armenia relations as well as family and gay issues.
Yesterday marked the first anniversary of the murder of ethnic Armenian newspaper editor and journalist Hrant Dink in Istanbul, Turkey. Dink was shot outside the office of the Agos newspaper on 19 January 2007. A prolific advocate for civil, human and minority rights in Turkey, Dink was killed by 17-year-old Ogun Samast.