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21 April 2008

Stories from 21 April 2008

Uzbekistan, Ukraine: Tashkent Blacksmith and His Children

A monument to an Uzbek family that adopted 15 children during WWII has recently been dismantled in Tashkent. Below is a Ukrainian blogger's moving story of how her father helped...

Lebanon: Valet Parking

Valet parking provides a luxury service and VIP treatment for customers. This is not so in Lebanon any more, where the practice has become so widespread that it is found...

Egypt: Blogger Sharqawi Released

From Egypt, Hossam El Hamalawy announced the release of blogger Mohammed Al Sharqawi – but is concerned about the welfare of other detainees who have gone ‘missing.’ Sharqawi was arrested...

Egypt: Disappearing People

Michaelitoo compiles a post about Egyptians who have gone missing, for their religious and political beliefs, in this article Tarek Amr translates from Arabic.

Armenia: New Government?

Unzipped comments on the formation of a new government by recently elected president, Serge Sargsyan. After what was seen as a handover of power from his predecessor, the blog says...

Zimbabwe: Who wants to be the president of this country?

Township Vibes wonders who would want to become the president of Zimbabwe: “Today the Zimbabwean dollar is trading at $200 million to £1. Yes that's true, 200 million dollars for...

Nepal: Elections and after

Pickled Politics on the recently conducted elections in Nepal.

Bhutan: A changing map

Freedom in Bhutan on the changing face of Bhutan's map.

Sri Lanka: Rice crisis

groundviews on the roots of the rice crisis in Sri Lanka.

Pakistan: Held by the Taliban

CHUP! on Pakistan’s envoy to Afghanistan, Tariq Azzizudin being held hostage by the Taliban.

Paraguay: Ex-Bishop Becomes Next President

Paraguay went to the polls to elect its next president on April 20th. Gathering nearly 41% of the vote was the former Roman Catholic bishop Fernando Lugo. His victory ends...

Kyrgyzstan: Time to Solve Problems

The first week of April started with the ambiguous opinions of Kyrgyz bloggers about the Marie Claire magazine article by American journalist Erin Finnerty with photography by Rena Effendi and...

Olympic torch relay in Southeast Asia

The Olympic Torch has landed in the Southeast Asian region. Bloggers describe how ordinary people, protesters, police forces, sports enthusiasts and politicians are reacting to the arrival of the Olympic...

Kenya/Nigeria/South Africa: Top Visited Sites

Collins highlights 10 most visited websites in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa: “Its interesting which sites are most visited by African surfers on the internet.One thing for certain though is...

Egypt: Handcuffed Patients

From Egypt, Mostafa Hussein, who posts pictures of patients arrested in the Al Mahalla protests, tells us why handcuffing patients to beds is not a good practice.

Egypt: Food Prices More than Double

The price of main staples such as rice, bread, beans, onions and even vegetable oil have more than doubled since 2004 and in some cases quadrupled in only a few...

Mozambique: Connecting to the mobile web

David writes connecting to the mobile web in Mozambique: “This morning I helped a Mozambican colleague get set up with Yahoo! Mail. He’s pretty hip on the mobile media side...

Bahrain: Can't Spell New York

Students at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) in Bahrain cannot spell New York, complains Redbelt, who posts a picture to prove his point.

Egypt: Dairy Workers Stage Sit-In

Five hundred dairy factory workers staged a sit in and Hossam El Hamalawy from Egypt posts a picture here. The protesters are worried they would lose their jobs – after...

South Africa: Webby Award for Thought Leader

“Thought Leader has been named an official honoree by the Webby Awards, alongside blogs by CNN, CBS News, The New Yorker, CNBC, The New York Times, TIME and the Observer...

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