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20 July 2008

Stories from 20 July 2008

China: Bloggers take stand against web activist's arrest

"We would hate to see this case become yet another dismal human rights record raising international attention in the midst of this Olympic year. We regret to suspect, however, that...

Palestine: No to History, Politics and Religion Questions

“Stop asking me about religion, politics and history!” pleads Rebellious Arab Girl, in this post in which she sheds her personal thoughts on the above mentioned topics.

Saudi Arabia: What's Your Mother's Name?

“What's your mother's name?” Thamer Al Marzooqi [Ar], from Saudi Arabia, challenges his readers – in a culture where women's names are considered to remain in the private domain.

Jordan: Six People Killed in Shooting

“The shooting in Amman where six people were injured in a musical was a crime of despair. The shooter was an 18-year old, resident of Al Baq'a refugee camp,” writes...

Mali: Balafon museum for Sikasso

Sociolingo's Africa reports on a new museum to be created in Sikasso, Mali. It will be the first museum designed to preserve the heritage of the balafon, an African xylophene...

Blogger of the week: Elena Ignatova

Today's Blogger of the Week series is taking us to Macedonia, a small country in Europe that some people might not even have heard of but that has a thriving...

Brazil: On authoriterrorism and online surveillance

Over 60 bloggers attended the blog carnival against censorship [pt] this Saturday, most of them posting especially about the new cyber crimes proposal for Brazil. The bill has now proceeded...

Egypt: Wikimania Report

FTMBlog [Ar] from Egypt reports live from Wikimania, held in Alexandria, Egypt, this year.

Preah Vihear dispute and nationalism

Harry McKinnon blames the “irrational nationalism” of Thai citizens for the rising tension in Preah Vihear temple. Bangkok Pundit believes the upcoming Cambodian election is motivating the opposition to “stoke...

Malaysia: Fear of possible anarchy

I am a Malaysian comments on the growing political tension in Malaysia after opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was charged with sodomy: “At this point of our history, and, with the...

Singapore: Legalizing organ trade

The issue of organ trade is being discussed intently in Singapore. miyagi.sg thinks that implementing an organ trade legal framework can benefit organ donors and recipients alike.

Child-rearing in Singapore

Wind in my head criticizes the kind of child-rearing in Singapore

East Timor in SEA games logo

Asia's Perfect 10 raised a valid issue. The Southeast Asian (SEA) games logo has 10 rings representing the countries of the region. Another ring should be added to include Timor...

Laos: Luang Prabang

Eye in the sky visited the ancient royal city of Luang Prabang, and exclaims: “It's like riding into a dream!” Luang Prabang is Laos’ foremost tourist destination.

Impact of blogging in Vietnam

Saigonnezumi links to an article which tackles the impact of blogging in Vietnam

Cambodian and Thai Bloggers on Disputed Preah Vihear Temple

Rising serious tension between Cambodia and Thailand started when UNESCO, on July 7, 2008, declared temple of Preah Vihear as a World Heritage site. The 11th century temple has long...

Fijian Conference in Adelaide

Wendy of Babasiga is attending Fijian Conference in Adelaide, Australia and blogs about the experiences there. “The conference discussions and sessions were in various styles – academic, story telling, humorous...

Myanmar: Teen Problems in London

London based Burmese bloggers show concern over the increase in teenage crimes. Steve E. questions “Why is the incidence of knife crime growing up rapidly these days?” and wonders a...

Myanmar: Naming System

“I realized that the Burmese custom of naming is fairly unique. It symbolizes the combination of the particular virtue for a person and astrological calculation of the day of the...

Japan: The Linguistics of Nico Nico Douga

Metagold is a research blog based out of a project at Goldsmiths College, University of London, focused exclusively on the video sharing web service Nico Nico Douga. In a July...

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