Stories from 2 June 2008
Moldova: Neutrality and Transnistria
Douglas Muir of A Fistful of Euros writes that one way to solve the Transnistria problem could be for Moldova to declare “permanent neutrality, withdrawing from GUAM (Georgia – Ukraine – Azerbaijan – Moldova, or the Union of Former Soviet States Who Have Difficult Relations With Russia And Aren’t Joining...
Kuwait: Shaikh Saad Remembered
Kuwaitis are still mourning the death of their former ruler Shaikh Saad Al Abdulla Al Sabah. Abdullatif AlOmar brings us the reactions of Kuwait's bloggers in this post.
Egypt: Blogger Kareem El Beheiry released
Egyptian blogger Kareem El Beheiry has been released yesterday from prison. Kareem was arrested by Egyptian police in connection with the April 6th strike in support of the textile workers in Mahalla City.
Jordan: XBox Questions
K Sharif, from Jordan, is considering buying an XBox games console this summer and has many questions.
Bahrain: In the Land of Law
Bahraini blogger Khalid is surprised with the knee jerk reactions taken by the government - after the Minister of Interior issued an order to ban issuing work permits for workers from Bangladesh - in a country which prides itself of being a democracy with laws and a constitution in place.
Dubai: Internet Problems
Seabee‘s internet line was disconnected. Read how fast the Dubai resident got his connection back.
Yemen: Dinosaur Tracks Near Sana'a
“No dinosaur tracks had ever been found in the Arabian Peninsula before; but just about 30 kilometers from Sana'a, the capital of Yemen, fossils now reveal that a herd of 11 gigantic dinosaurs — sauropods – about 150 million years ago, left deep tracks into the earth,” reports Omar Barsawad...
Yemen's HIV Aids challenge
Omar Barsawad writes about Yemen's HIV Aids challenge in this post.
Israel: Visiting Jerusalem
Imshin, from Israel, takes a trip to Jerusalem and reports his findings here.
Israel: Gay Marriages and the Torah
Jewneric discusses the Torah, homosexuality and gay marriage in Judaism.
Israel: Respect from Arabs
From Israel, Yael notes that there is a silver lining to each cloud. She adds: “Among Arab nations, the fact that we are going after Olmert for his corrupt behaviour is winning us a great deal of respect. They are looking at us and saying ‘hey! this is a model...
Syria: No Shia'a Version for Holy Qur'an
Ahmad Nathir Bakdash [Ar] tells us that he has uploaded a version of the Holy Qur'an on the internet here. He notes that he hasn't found a version of the Holy Book for Shia'a as some claim and concludes his post by asserting that there is no such thing as...
Bahrain: Detainees at home and abroad
Last December, a number of Bahrainis were arrested following clashes between protestors and security forces, and many are still being detained. Allegations have been made that some of them are being tortured. In February, eight Bahrainis were arrested in Saudi Arabia, apparently for straying into a restricted area. Concern has...
The Armenian Observer commends the Armenian Foreign Ministry for utilizing the Internet in its activities. The blog even notes that it has set up a YouTube channel.
Pakistan: Blast outside Danish Embassy
All Things Pakistan and CHUP! on a bomb blast outside the Danish embassy in Islamabad.
Turkey: Barber to be Beheaded in Saudi Arabia
Turkish blogger Metin writes about the plight of a Turkish barber who has been sentenced to be beheaded in Saudi Arabia for “using God's name in vain.”
India: Spelling Bee in the US
The Imagined Universe muses about the Indian-American obsession with the spelling bee in the US.
Sri Lanka: On Journalism
groundviews on the state of journalism in Sri Lanka given the conflict situation, and the indifference of the government.
Bangladesh: EU and Illegal Immigrants
Words and Bites on a new EU directive in question, which deals with the deportation and detention of “illegal immigrants”, which many think may have serious human rights ramifications.
Japan: Mixi and Anonymity
Mixi is Japan's most popular social networking service, with over ten million users. A new competitor has entered the scene, however, with Facebook having just having been localized to Japanese. One blogger comments on the differences between these two SNS and on the problems with Mixi's culture of anonymity, criticizing its reliance on the illusion of "conscience".
Georgia: Lost Monkeys of Abkhazia
This is Tbilisi Calling comments on a new documentary film about the Primate Research Center in the breakaway region of Abkhazia. The blog says that there is speculation that in the Soviet period there were attempts to create a hybrid between humans and monkeys and that some of the primates...