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7 August 2008

Stories from 7 August 2008

Bahrain: Undesirable Visitors

Bahraini blogger Mahmood Al Yousif claims the country's Ministry of Information, responsible for censorship, has been visiting his blog, where he maintains a list of banned blogs and sites.

Bahrain: 225 Jailed Demonstrators Released

Bahrain's King has pardoned 225 people arrested for taking part in demonstrations, reports blogger Mahmood Al Yousif. “His majesty might also consider the fact that without such social justice, many...

Lebanon: The Beirut Spring Family

To cater to different readers, Lebanese blogger Mustapha has tweaked his blog – Beirut Spring. The Beirut Spring ‘family’ is now made up of Beirut Spring Tabloid and Beirut Spring...

Lebanon: Fires and Global Warming

Summer forest fires have been erupting in what is left of the Lebanese wilderness for years now. And every year, the blame game is played; starting with parties and politicians...

Kuwait: New Gym Segregation Law Soon

Writing at ZDistrict, Kuwaiti blogger Marzooq says a new law will soon be introduced to ensure complete segregation in gyms.

Iran: Syria plays with Iran card

Mohmmad Ali Abtahi, former vice president and blogger, says[Fa] that Syria plays with Iran card for its own interests. Contrary to Syria's policy, Iran supported this country when it was...

China: Pollution levels around Olympic venues

Off the Map blogger Sean Gorman and friends have taken Chinese government pollution data and made a mashup map of pollution levels in the areas surrounding Olympic venues in Beijing....

Iran:Iran suspended the punishment of death by stoning

A judiciary spokesman said that the punishment of death by stoning has been suspended in Iran.Amatour, an Iranian blogger, calls[Fa] this decision a very good news and remind us that...

Russia: Who is Fit for Civil Service?

Eternal Remont posts an ironic comment, based on a Financial Times article, about the new drive in Russia to find suitable civil servants.

China: Second Olympic terrorism threat video released

Following last month's Olympics terrorism threat/confession video claiming to be from a group called the Turkestan Islamic Party, another video has been released. Judging from the look of it, this...

China: More Opening Ceremony sneaked footage

An indignant French-writing journalist has, along with a lengthy rant, posted video taken this week during an opening ceremony rehearsal inside the Bird's Nest. Hong Kong entertainer Jackie Chan and...

Iraq's Jews

Iraqi blogger Wameeth draws our attention to Iraqi Jews. “Iraqi Jews are one of the most sensitive topics in Iraq, one of largest markets in Iraq in the center of...

Dominica, Antigua: One Caribbean?

Following news of the murder of a honeymooning British couple in Antigua, Danielle Jones at Dominica Weekly says: “While some of us may be inclined to brush this incident off...

Jamaica: Independence Day

Jamaica just celebrated its 46th year of Independence from Britain and several bloggers marked the occasion with posts that ranged from thoughtful critiques to excited celebration...

Poland: Endless Celebration of History

Pawel of Polandian writes about the 1st of August anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising of 1944, including several photos of the remembrance celebrations in a post titled “Poles must stop...

Czech Republic: Prague Churches

Strog's Prague pictures & opinions diverses [French] has been writing about several churches in Prague, including many pictures. Most recently, he has described in great detail the Gothic church of...

Jordan: Polygamy is Rare and Accepted

Jordanian The Black Iris discusses polygamy in the kingdom – a practice he admits is rare, “yet relatively accepted to some extent.”

Russia: Solzhenitsyn – Hero or Traitor?

LJ user webgolos surveys (RUS) whether Russian bloggers perceive recently deceased writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn as a hero or traitor – or perhaps simply as an author. So far, results are...

Belarus: Restrictive Media Law Confirmed

Vitaly Portnikov comments on (RUS) the new and restrictive Belarusian media law that has now been confirmed by the country's president, Alyaksandr Lukashenka.

Estonia: City Spirits

Itching for Eestima compares the different spirit of the citizens of Estonia's two biggest cities – Tallinn and Tartu.

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