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 this day, much to the dismay of many ordinary citizens around the globe. In that vein, Global Voices Online will post reactions today from bloggers in Iraq, the Middle East and North Africa, and elsewhere.

  19 March 2008

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. I don't have the right words. Even in Russian. Vysotsky and his poetry is one of such topics. After all,...

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 notice the kind of general abuse that those articles reported. … I wonder, which parts of Yemen those articles were...

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 where scant land has sustained swelling populations for millennia. Look to Egypt. Look to Iraq,” writes Elijah Zarwan, from Egypt.

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 top secret codes and then writing a blog about how neat it is to work underground?”

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 of Israel Matzav noticed that Jewish settlements in the West Bank had been repatriated to Israel after Facebook previously labeled...

Sri Lanka: Remembering Arthur C Clarke

  19 March 2008

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 reflections on the man. From a fleeting glimpse, to an incidental conversation, Clarke is remembered fondly by many Sri Lankan bloggers as a visionary and a futurist. The British author moved to Sri Lanka in 1956 and lived there ever since.

France: Malagasy nightclub in Marseille

  19 March 2008

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 are black or berber…It's not the Queen but it's a club where Malagasy people are VIP.”

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