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20 April 2008

Stories from 20 April 2008

Iran: Woman activist faces prison and lashes

Zannevesht says[Fa] that Nasrin Afzali, a woman activist, is sentenced to 10 lashes by whip and six months in prison in Iran.

Iran: A new site is filtered

According to Iranian media,Fararu,an Iran based news site,was filtered and nobody knows why. A few months ago there was an article about Global Voices in Fararu.

Iran: Save a Mother from Execution

Kamangir reports that Akram Mahdavi, 32 year old mother of a girl in her early teens is facing imminent execution for conspiracy to murder.The complaintaints in Akram's case have agreed...

Iran: A cleric criticise both USA and Islamic Republic

Mohmmad Reza Zarei,an Iranian cleric, writes [Fa] that both USA and Islamic Republic lie. American government, contrary to Iranian one, says truth about small things and lies about big issues.

Turkey: Armenian Sportsmen

Unzipped posts an entry on an online exhibition which depicts ethnic Armenian sportsmen in Ottoman Turkey. The blog notes that not only were Armenian sporting events held during the priod...

Georgia: Dubai of the Black Sea

Registan comments on news that the United Arab Emirates plans to invest $100 million in Poti. With Georgian president Mikhail Saakashvili promising to turn the port into a Eurasian Dubai,...

Damascus: The Destruction of The Old City

Damascus prides itself on being the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. The history of Damascus goes back well into the 8000BC. In every corner of its ancient alleys...

Bahrain: Wanted – more vlogs!

Yagoob has started vlogging (video blogging) and is encouraging other Bahraini bloggers to do the same.

Azerbaijan: Seki

Exerro continues its journey through Azerbaijan with a fleeting visit to an observatory included. The travel blog says that despite the depressing relics and environmental damage of the Soviet era,...

Armenia: Wedding

Kyle's Journey in Armenia attends a local wedding and offers a fascinating account of some of the traditions which make tying the knot a day to remember. Although Armenians pride...

Japan: About40, and what next?

Changing times in Japan are opening the door for a new style of television. "About40", aired for the first time on April 11th, has done something novel for a Japanese...

Korea: Invincible Samsung Kingdom

Through the three-month investigation into alleged corruption at Samsung, Samsung snuck out of punishment again. Even though the special investigation team was established, and hidden bank accounts and illegal activities...

Zimbabwe: Chinese troops Mutare?

Curly wonders what the Chinese troops are doing in Zimbabwe: “These blue suited marathon running highly trained policemen probably know the identities of the Chinese troops who have been reported...

Zimbabwe: The endless game

Ethan discusses “the endeless game” in Zimbabwe: “It’ not very often that I find myself siding with Condoleeaza Rice. But she’s right – it’s embarrasing that the African continent’s leaders...

Zimbabwe: Take Action Against Chinese Ship Carrying Arms

Call to action to stop a Chinese ship carrying arms destined for Zimbabwe: “Please can all those amazing people who have been following this issue – finding contact email addresses...

Zimbabwe: Play your liberation songs at high volume

Zimbabwe Independence Day Message: “Actions: Create your own ways of taking back Independence Day. * Switch off ZBC/TV. * Don’t buy state controlled newspapers. * Play your own liberation songs...

Uganda: Government refuses passport to transgender woman

A post by Gay in Uganda last week reveals the discrimination the country's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) population faces when applying for travel documents.

Sudan's Looming War

Sudan's Comprehensive Peace Agreement may possibly collapse if the bad pile up of misfortunes continues, but before we go into that, let's proceed with the good news first. Drima is...

D.R of Congo: Mobile game for conservation

Silverback is a mobile game to raise awareness about the plight of mountain gorillas in Congo DR: “Called “Silverback”, the game promotes understanding and appreciation of the world’s mountain gorilla...

Burkina Faso: Vegetarians need not apply

As much as Ouagalais love political intrigue, most people are much more preoccupied with the power cuts that have afflicted the city for the past five weeks or so. First,...

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