Stories from 21 February 2008
Serbia: Belgrade Riots
Limbic Nutrition on the situation in Belgrade: “The violence tonight was fully expected. Western embassies were texting and emailing their citizens all week warning us to stay away from the demonstrations. Since Monday, the day after rioters attacked the US and Slovenian embassies in response to Kosovo’s declaration of independence,...
Serbia: Twitter Updates from Belgrade
Mini-updates on Twitter from Belgrade 2.0 blogger Viktor Marković are here.
Iran:14-Year-Old Girl Stoned to Death by Father
According to[Fa] Varesh, the authorities say that when a man found out about his 14 years old daughter’s relationship with a boy, he took her to the mountains around the city of Zahedan in Iran and killed her by stoning.Read more in English here.
Iran:Solidarity with jailed leftists students
Azadi-barabary blog has published several photos of demonstrations in Europe and USA to support jailed leftist students,on 16th of February.
Iran: A cartoon about elections
Nikahang, journalist and a leading cartoonist, has published a cartoon about Iranian elections.
Inmates use blogs to start a reform of society
This week we are introduced to another of the Rising Voices second round grantees, “Prison Diaries”, based in Jamaica. It will use citizen media tools like blogs, video and podcasts to share the daily journals of inmates, allowing all Jamaicans to learn about the realities of Jamaica’s overcrowded prison system with the hope that this will counteract the false ideas of veneration of gang leaders implanted by the media.
Armenia: Realpolitik and Blat
The BBC's Matthew Collin provides readers of his blog, This is Tbilisi Calling, with a very depressing and sobering look at how some feel about this week's presidential election in Armenia.
Ikhwanweb founder and Editor-in-Chief arrested
Khaled Hamza, Ikhwanweb (Muslim Brotherhood's official English website) founder and Editor-in-Chief was arrested in Cairo yesterday by Egyptian police. Khaled was coordinating the Brotherhood's blogging campaign and has been inspirational for many young Muslim Brothers activists.
Pakistan: Election results
opendemocracy breaks down the results of the elections in Pakistan.
Jordan: Wikipedia and Prophet Muhammad
Another storm is brewing in the Arab world regarding the depiction of Prophet Muhammed in drawings after Wikipedia refused the demands of more than 180,000 people who called for the illustrations to be removed. Here's the latest buzz from the Middle East.
Lebanon: Danish Cartoons Again
“Oh, no. Not again. Not Danish cartoons. Ayatullah Muhammad Husayn Fadlallah sent an official letter to the Danish government regarding Danish cartoons (not pastries). He express his concern that “some Jewish sides that are linked to International Zionism” may be behind Danish cartons,” announces The Angry Arab News Services.
Turkey: Hijab Ban Lifted
Erkan's field diary discusses Turkey's lifting of the headscarf (Hijab) ban in his country.
Kuwait: Largest Chili's in the World
Kuwait boasts the largest Chili's in the world, announces Mark, who wrote to Chili's to verify the fact.
Tunisia: New Wind Farms Soon
From Tunisia, Subzero Blue has some “good eco-friendly news.” Three wind farms with a total capacity of 120 megawatts of electricity will be built by 2009 in Bizerta, Jendouba and Beja.
Bhutan: Right to Education
Freedom in Bhutan on why it's hard to exercise the right to education in Bhutan.
Ecuador: Government Declares Emergency Due to Flooding
Many parts of Ecuador are suffering from heavy flooding, which led the government to declare a national emergency. Some bloggers write about what this will mean for those affected and the work by some sectors that prepared themselves for this disaster and states, “it is better to prevent, than to lament.”
Nepal: Woes in transition
The Radiant Star on the woes of transition – moving towards a new Nepal.
Africa: AfricaNews seeks reporters
AfricaNews seeks African reporters, writes Ore's Notes: “If there are journalists out there or budding journalists, you might be interested in writing for AfricaNews. Check out their site for more info on signing-up as a reporter.”
Pakistan: Elections in 2009?
With elections in Pakistan just over, The Pakistani Spectator predicts that another round of elections are likely in 2009.
Armenia: Endless Protest Action
The Armenian Observer posts photographs from the start of today's “endless protest action” staged by supporters of former president, Levon Ter-Petrossian, following Tuesday's disputed presidential election.
Cameroon: Mt. Cameroon Race for Hope
Rev. Tracy writes about Mt. Cameroon Race for Hope: “My race went well, I won my age group, and I was on television for the 3rd time! This race was much better funded and somewhat better organised than other races we've particpated in, but still quite a shambles by US...