10 May 2008

Stories from 10 May 2008

Lebanon: Government Decrees Repealed

“The army command has just announced it is reinstating Wafiq Shuqair as the head of airport security and will investigate Hizbullah’s communications network ‘without harming the resistance’, asking for the withdrawal of all armed men and the reopening of the streets,” reports In the Middle of the East about the...

Lebanon: “Hot Summer”

“It's a pretty hot summer indeed in Lebanon… A strike that turned into a civil war… I'm scared..Yesterday when I heard the gunshots getting closer to my house I couldn't stand up!! I couldn't run!! and I couldn't even move!!!” writes NightS on her experience with the current events in...

Lebanon: Like being under siege

“I live in Ras El-Nabeh, where clashes have been raging for the last 2 days, and thanks god today is relatively calm and under the Lebanese army control. But still, I didn’t go to work in fear of not being able to come back! Yeah feels like being under siege!”...

Lebanon: Future TV Vandalized

“During the war last summer, i cried the most when i heard that the Baalbek ruins are being threatened. Not equally dramatic but equally tragic, it seems that all the archives of future tv got totally destroyed! (18 years worth of records),” writes Mirvat about the damaging of one of...

Armenia: Surveillance of Gays & Swingers

Unzipped: Gay Armenia comments on the English translation of an article written by a fugitive opposition newspaper editor and activist on surveillance of prominent gays and swingers by the successor to the KGB, the National Security Service. It is alleged that compromising dossiers are collected which can later be used...

Armenia: Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves

“Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves,” The Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin sang together, and in Blogian's case this certainly seems to be the case. After overhearing one of her husband's friends try to convince him to travel to Europe to “have fun with women,” the blogger's sister ripped up his...

Burkina Faso: Shea butter and other secrets

  10 May 2008

If you know your beauty products, you most likely have heard of shea butter – the natural fat extracted from the fruit of the karite nut. Shea is a natural moisturizer and its high levels of vegetable fats allow it to treat a host of skin conditions, from burns to...

Iran:”Boycott Us, We Have Nuclear Bomb”

Khomeinism says [Fa]despite all these stories about Iranian nuclear program and sanctions, western companies continue to sell all their products in Iran.The blogger says, with irony, we should remind these countries that Iran has “Atomic Bomb”, do not sell your products anymore.

Myanmar: Unrealisting Expectations

  10 May 2008

Andrew Selth at The Interpreter says “governments and international agencies calling for immediate action in Burma seem to be over-estimating the regime’s capacity to respond”

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