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22 January 2008

Stories from 22 January 2008

Algeria: Wrong Description

From Algeria, Nouri the Moor objects to an LA Times article which describes slain former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto as the “first elected leader of a Muslim state.” ‘What...

Korea: Have you been pressed down by scissors?

Have you heard about ‘your body is pressed down by scissors?’ When I was kid, I heard adults sometimes tell each other they were pressed down by scissors the previous...

Kuwait: Scarlett Johansson in Kuwait

Actress Scarlett Johansson visited a military camp in Kuwait, making blogger Mark to ask: “How does one go about getting access to US camps in Kuwait?”

Ukraine: Unity Day

Ukrainiana writes about the neglected Unity Day in Ukraine.

Ukraine: Euro 2012 To-Do List

Orange Ukraine lists what needs to be done to accommodate the Euro 2012 visitors (from 400,000 to 1 million) in Ukraine: “As of this moment, Kyiv has 4,000 hotel rooms....

Saudi Arabia: Women May be Allowed to Drive

Mideast Youth author Muneeb links to news reports which say that Saudi women may be allowed to drive by the end of this year.

Saudi Arabia: Women Allowed to Stay at Hotels

Or Does it Explode reports a small victory for Saudi women in this post. It quotes news sources as saying: “Women in Saudi Arabia can now stay in a hotel...

Russia: The North

Window on Eurasia writes that “small ethnic groups of Russia’s north suffer […] from abuse in the post-Soviet media which appear to treat them all as one enormous and inappropriate...

Poland: The Primaries in the U.S.

The beatroot writes on “who should Poles vote for, if they could, in US primaries”: “What goes on in Washington should be of keen interest in Warsaw.”

Israel: Israeli Bloggers Respond to Crisis in Palestine

Israel's bloggers take to their keyboards to express their frustration at the one-sided coverage of the crisis in Gaza, Palestine. Maya Norton rounds up their reactions in this post.

Latvia: The Suiti

Marginalia writes about history, culture and songs of the suiti, the people of Alsunga in Latvia.

Albania: BBC Journalist's Blog

BBC's Mark Mardell blogs about his trip to Albania.

Serbia: Election Politics

A Fistful of Euros posts a detailed roundup on the first round of the Serbian presidential election.

Russia, Serbia: Gazprom Buys NIS

Robert Amsterdam and A Fistful of Euros write about Gazprom's acquisition of “Serbia's national energy monopoly, NIS, at a knockdown price.”

Bahrain: Ashoora Reading

Bint Battuta attends Ashoora events in Bahrain, and shares some reading material about the rituals here.

Iraq: Flag Change

“The Kurds did it, the Iraqi parliament today approved a new interim design to be approved for one year with a majority of 110 out of 275, 100 MPs were...

Jordan: 24 Hour Marathon

From Jordan, Ammar Ibrahim will be running in a 24 hour marathon. “Dead to Read (D2R) is an annual event for psychos, you get teams of 10 people to run...

Israel: Being Taken for a Ride

Being taken for a ride? Yael from Israel shares her story with a taxi driver here.

Israel: The Liars of Gaza

Smooth Stone, from Israel, writes: “More Muslim mendacity. If children were indeed starving, why are there no photos of their swollen bellies?”

Jordan: Snowing in Dabouq

It is snowing in Dabouq, Jordan, reports blogger Ahmad Humeid, who shares with us this exclusive footage.

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