Stories from 24 January 2008
Pakistan: On Manto
Pak Tea House on Saadat Hasan Manto – a landmark Urdu writer whose work finds strong resonance to this day.
Iraq: $720m a Day
Iraqi blogger Raed Jarrar posts a video which shows what could be done with the money going towards the war in Iraq – a staggering $720 million a day.
Nepal: Beyond the fuel crisis
Nepal Monitor on why it's important to look beyond the issue of price hike of fuels, and think about the actual reasons for the crisis.
Iraq: While I was Away
Neurotic Iraq Wife is back to blogging and updates us on what we missed during her hiatus. She also comments on the Iraqi flag change towards the end of her post.
Bahrain: State Acts as Religious Policeman
Bahraini Mahmood Al Yousif brings us the story of Maya, whose marriage in India and conversion into Hinduism led the Bahraini authorities to confiscate her passport.
Bahrain: Letter to King
Bahraini political activist Abduljalil Al Singace reposts an open letter sent to Bahrain's King Hamad from Frontline, who express their deep concern following an attack on women during a demonstration at the Prosecutor's Office on 25 December 2007.
Africa: Mathematics in African architecture
Afropolitan posts a video of Ron Eglash talking about mathematics in African architecture: “Mathmetician Ron Eglash traveled to Africa to do research on fractals. What he found was amazing, but not surprising to those of us who appreciate the ingenuity and creativeness in Africa.”
Africa: Homosexuality debate
Andrew Heavens writes about homosexuality in Africa: “Amazing. The debate about homosexuality in Africa that started on Meskel Square almost three years ago is still going strong.”
Ghana: African Cup of Nations photos
David Ajao posts photos from the Africa Cup of Nations 2008: “You can click on the photos on this page to link to the rest of the photos or click on the link below to go to my Ghana 2008 Photo Gallery.”
South Africa: Cape Town on the World Monopoly Board
Cape Town Rocks would like to see Cape Town on the World Monopoly Board: “Cape Town is one of the Cities that you can vote for to become a city on the World Monopoly Board.”
Africa: AfriGadget get a new look
AfriGadget has a new look: “We’re proud to announce a brand new design for AfriGadget! The old design was rather old and ugly, so thanks for putting up with it for the last 20 months. Actually, I think the reason that there are so many more RSS”
Iraq: Blogging Battle
Sunshine from Iraq shares her story with a fellow blogger, she accuses of plagiarism.
Bahrain: Conditions of Migrant Workers
Esra'a from Bahrain links to a media interview conducted with her about the conditions of migrant workers in the Gulf.
Kenyan Bloggers back to “almost” normal life
After the unfortunate crisis following the presidential election in Kenya, Kenyan bloggers are back to normal business writing about a variety of non-political subjects.
South Africa: Good start for Bafana?
South Africa Rocks writes about the South African national team at the Africa Cup of Nations: “Not a bad start in the Group Of Death (GOD – strange that). All the teams in the group now sit on a single point and at least we are not bringing up the...
D.R. of Congo: Peace in DR Congo?
Is this the beginning of lasting peace in D.R of Congo?: “It is too early to speculate if this will bring about an end to the conflict because there have been previous talks but no peace for the country.”
Cameroon: Documentary on the Bakweri-German Wars
A new documentary on the history of the Bakweri people of Cameroon has been released: “…“Kuva Likenye” is a 30 minute documentary that profiles the heroic exploits of a mountain King called Kuva Likenye who mobilised an ill-trained ragtag army to stand up in arms against German exploitation of the...
Eritrea: Listen to Eritrean Music
Listen to Eritrean music: “This is the last day of Eritrea Week. I don’t know enough about much of the music I’ve collected this week to write full posts so I decided to make you a mixtape instead.”
Armenia: Political Blogging Intensifies
The past week was eventful, and while the traditional media in Armenia were pondering their adequate response so as to avoid “unnecessary complications”, the Armenian Internet community were discussing the comings and goings of the current political scene at full speed. The start of the week was marked by yet...
Bermuda: Congestion Tax
Blogging from Bermuda, 21 Square is all for the introduction of a congestion tax.