Stories from 18 March 2008
Egypt: Looming Bread Crisis
The Arabist, from Egypt, posts links to coverage on Egypt's looming bread crisis.
South Asia: Talking about abuse
Out Against Abuse asks why discussing the issue of domestic violence is so taboo, especially in the South Asian community.
Pakistan: Cementing Democracy
Pak Tea House on why democracy isn't assured by just an election, but takes strong institutions and a lot of time.
Nepal: On King Mahendra
Nepali Netbook on the legacy of King Mahendra – a reflection of the historical context of domestic and international affairs of Nepal.
India: Life in Exile
Unseen Dharamshala has photographs of life in exile for Tibetans who live in India.
India: Tibetan Parliamentarian-In-Exile
My Himachal on a Tibetan Parliamentarian-In-Exile protesting in New Delhi, India.
Guatemala: Public Support for the Death Penalty
Public support for the death penatly in Guatemala is high, especially in light of the high crime rates and the lack of security across the country. Bloggers are divided on the issue saying that the law should be enforced, while others see it as a contradiction and that it has not lowered crime rates.
Bahamas: Creation Station
“There are none so blind as those who do not see,” writes Nicolette Bethel, as she blogs about Bahamian creativity.
Morocco: Fouad Mourtada Robbed of His Life
Fouad Mourtada probably never guessed he'd become a household name. Arrested on February 5 and sentenced on February 22 to three years in prison (plus a $1,000 fine) for creating a Facebook profile impersonating Morocco's Prince Moulay Rachid, Mourtada is now famous, but unfortunately, that fame has come at an enormous price.
Puerto Rico: Teachers
Puerto Rican blogger Gil the Jenius shares his thoughts about teachers.
Morocco: Exoticism in the News
A Moro in America laments TV station Al-Arabiya's biased reporting on Morocco, including a news story about bizarre sexual practices in the Saharan provinces.
Morocco: Fez Festival 2008
The View From Fez reports on the program for the 2008 Fes Festival of World Sacred Music.
China: Planning for Citizen Media Website
Zoula compared different citizen media websites as a ground work for his future online citizen media project [zh].
Hong Kong: Too Clean?
After the SARS epidemic in Hong Kong, the city is getting more and more hygienic, however, Diumanpark wondered if being too clean would reduce body resistance to virus and bacteria [zh].
Japan: How to Eat a Bamboo Shoot
Marie Mockett from Japundit shows the readers how to cook bamboo shoot.
South Korea: English Teacher Union
Robert Koehler from Marmot hole blogs about the setting up of foreign English teacher union in South Korea.
China: Chaotic Democracy?
Yanghengjun pointed out that the mainstream media always describe democratic election in other countries as “chaos” and laughed about it; however, they have neglected the country's own “chaos” and often time “violence” [zh].
China: What's Wrong with Wiki?
KJ found out that many netizens couldn't access overseas wiki websites such as wikia and wowwiki [zh].
Singapore: Greeting Online vs. Traditionally
Missybrowneyes on greeting people online vs. greeting them the traditional way “Apparantly, homo sapiens in this 20th century have pretty warped idea of greetings. You must do it online. Over Friendster and FaceBook. Anything else is considered anti-social or bizarre.”
Singapore: Pakistani Roads
The blogger at Meditation Chamber shares his views on driving in Pakistan.
St. Vincent & the Grenadines: Assault Charges
Blogging from St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Abeni is annoyed at the latest news that “another politician is facing charges of indecent assault”.