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19 March 2008

Stories from 19 March 2008

Iraq at Five: The World Reacts

Today, March 19, marks five years of "Operation Iraqi Freedom." Initially a plan to oust Saddam Hussein and "end the war before it started," the war in Iraq continues to...

De Rebus Antiquis Et Novis writes about Vladimir Vysotsky: “There are some topics I'd like to write about, but as soon as I start, I understand that I just can't....

Czech Republic: Erratic Boulder Awards

The Reference Frame writes about the Erratic Boulder “anti-prizes” awarded by Sisyfos, the Czech scientific skeptics’ club, for “confusing the Czech public and for contributions to the development of muddy...

Czech Republic: Ex-PM Fails Bar Exam

The Czech Daily Word reports that former Czech PM has failed his bar exam and will not be able to get his attorney license.

Croatia: Zagreb's New Synagogue

Balkan Baby writes about the opening of a new synagogue in Zagreb.

Albania: Eagle Mobile

Albanian Blogger comments on the arrival of Albania's “much-awaited” third mobile operator.

Yemen: No Women Abuse

Omar Barsawad discusses reports on abuse and violence against women in Yemen and asks: “I visit relatives and friends in other parts of Yemen – I do not see or...

Egypt: Face of the Future

“If you want to know the future of humanity, don’t look someplace new. Look someplace old: someplace where dynasties and empires have risen and fallen for thousands of years, someplace...

Libya: Internet Grooming

Anglolibyan, from Libya, draws our attention to Internet grooming – which is slowly finding its way to his country.

Saudi Arabia: Two Killed in Religious Police Chase

“A boy and a girl have died in a horrific car accident after being chased by a patrol that belongs to the Commission for Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of...

Jordan: Lots of Dust

Jordan was shrouded with a cloud of dust, says Tololy, who posts a picture.

Israel: Secret Service Creates New Blog

Shin Bet, the Israeli secret service joins the blogosphere this week, causing Molly of Israeli blog The Big Felafel to ask: “Can you really imagine a Shin Bet techie cracking...

Israel: Worldwide Virtual Solidarity Rally, March 20th

Join the worldwide solidarity rally for Israel as it celebrates Purim tomorrow (March 20th). Dave Weinberg of Jewneric has the details for timezones around the world.

Israel: Israel or Palestine? Facebook Can't Decide

Can't quite figure out politics and geography in the Middle East? You're not the only one. Facebook seems confused as well. Israeli bloggers Dion Nissenbaum of Checkpoint Jerusalem and Carl...

UAE: Death and Destruction in 200-Car Crash

Driving standards in the Middle East have come under the scrutiny of bloggers after several people were killed and 350 injured in a 200-car pile up in Abu Dhabi, United...

Sri Lanka: Remembering Arthur C Clarke

The death of Arthur C. Clarke (1917 - 2008) has many people - some who are ardent enthusiasts of science fiction, and others who know of him blogging about their...

Ethiopian painters campaign to end early marriage

Lova writes about Ethiopian painters campaigning to end early marriage, through art.

France: Malagasy nightclub in Marseille

harinjaka writes about a new Malagasy night club [Fr] in Marseille: “I know from personal experience that it's not easy to enter a club here (in France), especially if you...

India: Standardization and Sri Lanka

Reality Check India takes a closer look at the “standardization system” instituted in Sri Lanka in the 1970s and warns of its hidden dangers.

India: Shariah and the West

Indian Muslims Blog comments on the idea of Shariah laws in the West.

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