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9 May 2008

Stories from 9 May 2008

Lebanon: Laughing in adversity

“There are heavy gun-shots going on near us, and my roommate made me laugh amongst the shootings: ‘these are crazy mother-******s, i am happy to be as normal in comparison,'”...

Lebanon: Misunderstanding?

“…Hezbollah's private telecommunications network that triggered the confrontation is a ‘secure network of primitive private land lines [that] helped the guerrillas fight Israel's high-tech army in the 2006 summer war’...

Lebanon: Who is who

Ben gives us a quick run down of who is who and what in Lebanon right now.

Lebanon: Things may slip?

Prof Rami Zurayk, who is in Beirut with his family, writes his observations and what he is witnessing on the third day of the conflicts in Lebanon.

Angola: Decolonization in motion

Carlos Pereira [pt] has found a very interesting video showing the mass emigration of Portuguese-descended settlers and white Angolans from Luena, with scenes classified by the blogger as “great drama...

Brazil: Change yourself the media focus

Guilherme Felitti [pt] has some good tips for those who wish to take part of the Reporter Blogger [pt] experiment or want to experiment with Citizen Media. “Remember that, be...

Sri Lanka: Creating wealth

Deane's Dimension takes a look at the issue of poverty, and writes that the question is not how poverty can be reduced, but how wealth can be created.

Sri Lanka: Cyclone Nargis

LIRNEasia on a timeline of Cyclone Nargis and the lack of an effective early warning system.

Bangladesh: Politics and a Brown American

Mash writes on the race between Obama and Clinton, from the perspective of a Brown American.

South Asia: Burma, the junta and a crisis

In a post titled “Hell in the time of Junta”, Sepia Mutiny writes about the humanitarian crisis in Burma.

India: Pangea Day

Almost as good as Chocolate writes about the upcoming Pangea Day – a day devoted to films in different locations of the world.

Peru: Decrees May Make it Easier to Arrest Protesters

Peruvians are concerned with recent presidential decrees, which critics say, will make it easier for the military to arrest protesters and will be a blow to human rights in the...

Iran:Street children in photos

Aszaka has published several photos of street children in Iran. The blogger says[Fa] it is the crime of capitalism to leave these “angels” into poverty.

Award for Egyptian Blogger

Egyptian blogger/journalist Wael Abbas has received the Hellman-Hamlett Award from the Human Rights Watch, writes Ibn Al Dunya from Egypt.

Egypt: Nasralla's Press Conference

From Cairo, Zeinobia gives us a digest of Lebanon's Hizbulla leader Hassan Nasrulla's Press conference.

Bahrain: Witchcraft on the Table

From Bahrain, Mahmood Al Yousif paints a colourful picture of the proceedings of a parliamentary session – which discussed witchcraft.

St. Vincent & the Grenadines: Walking Shoes?

The rising cost of living prompts St. Vincent & the Grenadines blogger Abeni to say: “Seriously though, I find times are changing a little too fast for me.”

Trinidad & Tobago: Football Fever

“It is no secret that people are football crazy in Trinidad and Tobago,” writes Discover TnT Blog, adding that “the upcoming friendly match between Trinidad and Tobago and England is...

Trinidad & Tobago: Transparency Issues refers to an article in the Trinidad Express to make the point that “in the continuation of an era where government is being accused more and more of corruption...

Jamaica, Guyana: The Life of Das

Jamaican Geoffrey Philp blogs about the life and work of Guyanese poet Mahadai Das, and features one of her poems.

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