Stories from 13 April 2008
Earlier this week a Bahraini policeman, Majid Asghar Ali, 27, was killed after a patrol car was attacked and set on fire near a village called Karzakan. Bahrain's bloggers have been quick to comment. While some are in shock, other cast their doubts on the credibility of the government's story that the young soldier was killed by protesters.
Kim, an Indian living in Egypt, notices a lot of similarities between the Indian and Egyptian ways of life. She writes: “A couple of my friends Americans/Europeans who have married Egyptians have mentioned a couple of times that they cannot fathom how bathroom floors in Egypt are always wet. As...
Unzipped: Gay Armenia commends the National Art Gallery in Armenia for establishing the best and perhaps only arthouse cinema in the country's capital, Yerevan. In particular, the blog notes that some films being screened are still banned in other countries.
The Armenian Observer reports that the politicization of the Eurovision Song Contest is continuing with the opposition in Armenia considering a boycott of the music competition and Armenia's entry, Sirusho. The young singer has been linked to the outgoing president's family and campaigned for his successor, Serge Sargsyan, in the...
TOL Georgia comments on the country's failure to be accepted into the Membership Action Plan (MAP) by NATO at its recent summit in Bucharest. Citing the example of Albania, the blog is pessimistic about Georgia's chances of entering the alliance in the near future especially given a lack of progress...
A new blog, Armenian Politics, has an interesting first post on the post-election protests staged by supporters of former president, Levon Ter-Petrossian. It asks has the “revolution” failed, or is it merely a work in progress?
Reza Ghaderi has published several photos of Sio-se Pole of Esfahan (Isfahan) in Iran. Sio-se Pole is also called the Bridge of 33 Arches.
Thanks to Maryam Majd,photographer and blogger, we can discover Iranian women playing Baseball in Iran. Watch the photos here.
“…some dude ‘planted’ turf right on gemmayze street… midst a heated turf war right on gemmayze street! (pubs vs residents),” reports finkployd with photos and video.
“You are one ugly, evil, money hungry, conniving bastard, will you marry me?” writes Jamal about the Lebanese opposition and other political peculiarities.
Liliane suggests where to go when visiting Lebanon if you love beautiful scenery and adventure.
The general election took place on the 9th of April. The result the absolute victory for the conservative party, the GNP that the current President Lee Myung Bak belongs to. While the majority expected the opposite result because of the continual disputes against policies of the current President, the result...
At Global Voices Advocacy is a translation of Zeng Jinyan's recent letter in which she questions the evidence used in court earlier this month to convict her husband to 3.5 years in prison for his blogging activities.
I have translated an article written by Ip Iam Chong on the arrest of Hu Jia and the national security system in China at interlocals.net.
Anti-China protests this week sent nationalist sentiment in China up to a boiling roar. So when one young woman studying in the US was "caught" participating in a Free Tibet protest, hundreds of raging netizens hurled every insult imaginable her way.
The Cultural Center of Sartañani announces the history and events for the anniversary of its founding in 1983 in the city of Oruro, Bolivia.
Santos Huanca of El Poder de la Palabra [es] writes about the plight of some mistreated and homeless children in the city of El Alto, Bolivia.