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4 September 2008

Stories from 4 September 2008

Jordan: Any thoughts on Body of Lies?

  4 September 2008

“Ridley Scott’s latest film, Body of Lies, starring Russell Crowe and Leonardo DiCaprio, is set to release this fall.  In this thriller, a CIA operative in Amman who is trailing a high-ranking terrorist gets some unexpected help from the head of Jordan’s intelligence agency. Any thoughts?” asks an American in...

Egypt: Harassment against women is all the same

  4 September 2008

Rantings of an Arab Chick writes: “I read these sadly familiar accounts of sexual harassment from women living in Cairo. I would hazard a guess that any woman living in most Middle Eastern countries is just as familiar with this sort of treatment, not just from fellow citizens of their...

Palestine: The Excellence of Iranian Universities

  4 September 2008

Palestinian Random Consistent Ideas links to an article on the excellence of Iranian universities. “The question that begs itself is: how can they do it? The article's explanation is rather shallow: all these top students want to leave Iran so bad, education excellence is their ticket out,” he notes.

India: No Orissa

  4 September 2008

Naveen Roy on how issues like the violence in Orissa are not discussed on the Indian blogosphere.

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Mexico: Much More Needed Than a March

  4 September 2008

Thousands of Mexicans in attendance for the march in Mexico City protested against the government's inability to halt kidnappings and violence against citizens. Now, bloggers from the capital and in other cities across the country provide their reflections and reactions to the march. However, many do not see that much will change without other actions by civil society.

South Africa: Highway Africa 2008

  4 September 2008

Solomon Moyo interviews Highway Africa 2008 conference delegates: “We asked our delegates about their thoughts on the theme and its relevance; and also about their expectations for the conference.”

Kenya: Harambee Stars must win

  4 September 2008

Harambee Stars blog quotes the coach of the Kenyan national team, Francis Kimanzi, saying that Kenya must beat the Namibian national team, Brave Warriors. The two team are playing on saturday.

El Salvador: Oral Histories Project

  4 September 2008

El Salvador: Memories of War and Hope is an oral history project created by Sofia Jarrin-Thomas. She posts both Spanish and translated audio clips of interviews with Salvadorans affected by the civil war.

Costa Rica: Lack of Transparecy with China

  4 September 2008

Dean Córnito of La Suiza Centroamericana [es] criticizes Costa Rican president for the relations with China and the lack of transparency with some of the financial agreements, which includes the construction of a new national stadium.

Bolivia: Faith Restored in Institutions

  4 September 2008

Carlos Gustavo Machicado of Guccio's [es] has his faith restored in Bolivian institutions when the president of the National Electoral Court ruled that a referendum for the new Constitution cannot be called by decree.

Chrome Welcomed with Accolades and Controversy in the Middle East

  4 September 2008

On Tuesday, Google joined the browser game by launching its very own browser, Chrome, to positive accolades and a bit of controversy. The free browser, which is currently only available for Windows, caused not only a media storm, but a blog storm as well, from nearly every corner of the globe. The Middle East and North African blogosphere, always quick to react to big stories, immediately began buzzing about Chrome yesterday, and haven't stopped since.

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