Stories from 24 July 2008
Palestine: Left behind by Obama
As US presidential hopeful Barack Obama wraps up a tour of Israel and Palestine, newspaper headlines all over the world are fixated on the Senator's attention to Israel...and lack of attention to Palestine's struggle.
French Ambassador expelled from Madagascar because he was bad luck?
Malagasy and French netizens debate the French Ambassador's expulsion from Madgascar. Was it a matter of superstition?
Latvia: Arnis Balcus’ Photoblog
Arnis Balcus has started a Latvia photoblog: “Here I want to display my findings because the things that interest me are very often taken for granted and passed away unnoticed. These are little things that one day will disappear, for instance, architecture and its elements that remind of Soviet times...
China: Olympic blog shutdown continues
One of China's oldest blog service providers, Sohoxiaobao, has been kept shut down for a week already and looks to stay that way until the Beijing Olympics wrap up in late August.
Serbia: Belgrade Street Art
Belgrade street art photos – at Transgresor blog.
Armenia: Bloggers Attend Presidential Press Conference
On 21 July at a news conference held at the presidential palace to mark the 100th day of the new president's term in office, two bloggers were invited to attend alongside 38 journalists. Although the bloggers involved argue that the event was important and unprecedented, not everyone agrees.
China: Police Olympics guide to stopping “illegal news coverage”
How many times has the BOCOG promised that foreign reporters will be given full reign to interview and report during the Olympics Games? Davesgonechina at Mutant Palm looks at the somewhat different story that Chinese police are—and have been, for at least two years—prepared to tell. This story was linked...
Upcoming tech conferences on Africa
White African informs about 5 upcoming conferences around technology or internet issues in Africa.
Kenya: Kwani Lit Fest and foreign correspondents
Bankelele describes the first session of the Kwani Literary Festival in Nairobi that started Wednesday night, with the title “How foreign correspondents have formed the literary image of Africa”.
China: (Not) welcoming George Bush to the Olympics
You've probably already heard that American president George W. Bush will be attending next month's Olympic Games in Beijing, but have you checked to see if you'll be sitting next to him? You might want to check again after you've seen this Olympic countdown clock.
Pakistan: Back Home
Deadpan Thoughts on returning to Pakistan after a stint abroad for education.
India: To Jaipur
Try the Chai goes to Jaipur, India and describes the place known as the “Pink City”.
India, Pakistan: Going to India
Ramblings goes to India, and has a wonderful and unique post on the Pakistani perspective.
Pakistan: Who is the Middle Class?
Five Rupees ponders on who can be classified as middle class in Pakistan.
Jamaica, U.S.A.: Track & Field
Raw Politics…Jamaica Style! writes a detailed post about the Track and Field component of the upcoming Olympic Games.
Cuba: Glorious Future?
Both Child of the Revolution and Ninety miles away…in another country take issue with a series of articles in the Christian Science Monitor speculating about Cuba's economic future: “It is particularly galling that the resourcefulness they all laud as the sign of a changing Cuba is a harsh expedient forced...
Jamaica, Haiti: Political Analysis
In examining the state of Jamaican politics, My View of JamDown from Up So notices some similarities to Haiti.
Haiti: Political Persecution
HaitiAnalysis.com reports that The Inter-American Court of Human Rights has denounced “the political persecution that Yvon Neptune, a former Prime Minister of Haiti, has endured at the hands of the Haitian government for the past four years.”
Jamaica: Crime Plan
As the Prime Minister announces new measures to deal with crime, Jamaica and the World wonders “if they will make any difference at all…”
China: Baidu and Music Industry
DANWEI reprinted an article from Music 2.0 blog on Baidu's strategy in conquering the music industry.
Japan: Anti War Demonstration
Tokyo Reporter reports on the left wing groups’ plan for a peace demonstration in August near Yasukuni Shrine.