Stories from 7 March 2008
Syria: We Stand Against Occupation
As the death toll in Gaza continues to climb, Razan Ghazzawi zooms in on the efforts of a Syrian student in the US, who is working on creating awareness of the conflict at his university campus and showing that the Palestinians losing their lives are human too.
Kuwait: R.I.P Ahmad AlRubi'e
Kuwaiti bloggers lament the death of leading intellectual and politician Dr Ahmad AlRubi'e. Many bloggers posted condolences to his family on their blogs and some others wrote passionately about how connected to him they were. Abdullatif AlOmar brings us the story.
Ecuador: Diplomacy and OAS Resolution Not Enough
Milton Ramirez of BPLE [es] collects more reactions from Ecuadoran bloggers, but also summarizes that the recent meetings at the Organization of American States were not enough to “restore the soverignty of Ecuador.”
Armenia: Conspiracy Theory
Archuk's Blog argues that the reappearance of former president Levon Ter-Petrossian to the political scene in Armenia as well as post-election unrest is linked to Kosovo's independence and attempts to find a solution to the longstanding conflict with Azerbaijan over the breakaway territory of Nagorno Karabakh. The blog sees the...
Nazarian joins bloggers marking 7-9 March days of mourning on the Internet for those killed during last weekend's post-election riot in Armenia.
Armenia: Souless State Department
The Armenia Now blog remarks on the arrival of U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Bryza in Armenia in an attempt to defuse tensions after last weekend's post-election riot which left eight dead. The blog criticizes Bryza for his comments to president-elect Serge Sargsyan.
Azerbaijan: Death Star Hotel
It looks quite impressive and futuristic on first glance -- a hotel that bears an uncanny resemblance to the Death Star from the Star Wars films. Remarkably, however, the hotel will not be built in Las Vegas or Dubai. It is instead planned for Baku, capital of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
Egypt: New Book Out
The Arabist draws our attention to a new book on the political situation in Egypt.
Saudi Arabia: Women Driving .. Or ..
“There are certainly more important issues than (women) driving that need to be dealt with,” writes Nzingha from Saudi Arabia.
Iran:President,people and nulcear issue
Mohmmad Ali Abtahi,former reformist vice president, writes that Iranian president,Mahmoud Ahmadinejad,says “Iran has passed superpowers and nuclear issue is finalized.” He adds “the most important reason public opinion does not trust the statements of officials is making use of this kind of advertisement.”
Iran:Old Tehran in photos
Here are several photos where can we see Tehran in 1930 or even in 19th century.
India: Environment and Journalism
Don't Trust the Indian Media! on the deplorable coverage of environmental issues in the media.
India: Sharia and History
Indian Muslims Blog reflects on Sharia laws as implemented by Muslims rulers.
Sri Lanka: Women and Agonies
Moving Images, Moving People! on the often unheard stories of women from Sri Lanka.
Pakistan: On Tolerance
The Pakistani Spectator on the sheer lack of tolerance in the country.
Pakistan: On Dowry
All Things Pakistan on the menace of dowry that affects millions of women across South Asia.
China: Photojournalist Fired for “Political Incident”
Wang Lili, a 52-year old photojournalist of Tongzhou Newsletter, was fired because the chief executive of Beijing Tongzhou District "bowed the head with closed eyes, presenting an off-colored image" in his picture report. The story quickly became a hot topic in Chinese blogosphere and all sorts of online communities.
Thailand: Weapons Trader's Arrest
Bangkok Pundit translates and comments on a Thai news paper story on a Russian arms dealer. The dealer was hoodwinked by Thai police and American agents who posed as the member of Colombian militant group FARC.
FOKO: Bloggers put Madagascar in the spotlight
While the devastations of Hurricane Ivan were under reported in the international media, Malagasy bloggers from the Foko Blog Club filled the void using photos, videos and a map mashup.
Thailand: Blogging In English
Isriya says blogging in English needs more effort but the benefit it offers is worth the effort.
Malaysia: Happy Voting Day
Susan Loone is wishing Malaysian Voters a Happy Voting Day tomorrow.