5 September 2008

Stories from 5 September 2008

Palestine: The siege of Gaza was broken – and then?

  5 September 2008

On August 23, two boats carrying international activists broke the siege of Gaza by landing in Gaza's harbour. The boats have since left again, leaving some of the activists behind, and taking some Palestinians with them back to Cyprus. However the activists plan to return to Gaza on September 22 - amongst other things, delivering mail to the Palestinians. In this post, we look at some Gazan reactions to the breaking of the siege, as well as accounts by the activists.

Dubai: Princess Pamela Anderson

  5 September 2008

“Not content with building an eco-hotel in Abu Dhabi, former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson is now planning to become Queen of the UAE. Or at least a princess,” reveals Secret Dubai, who says that she is quietly seeing a member of a Royal family.

The Balkans: Florence Hartmann and the ICTY

  5 September 2008

Greater Surbiton writes about the case of Florence Hartmann, former spokeswoman for ICTY chief prosecutor Carla del Ponte, recently indicted “for allegedly disclosing classified information relating to the proceedings against Slobodan Milosevic.”

Ukraine: Dick Cheney, Elections, NATO

  5 September 2008

Ukrainiana writes about Dick Cheney's visit to Ukraine: “Undoubtedly, the outgoing Bush administration wants to send a welcome message to Kyiv. But given the lame-duck status of both Cheney and Yushchenko, Ukraine’s accession into NATO hinges on the outcome of the presidential election in America no less than it does...

Puerto Rico: Daddy Yankee Endorses John McCain

  5 September 2008

Puerto Rico is in the spotlight due to a recent endorsement by recording artist Daddy Yankee. Even though he is not as well known on the island, than in other parts of Latin America, U.S. presidential candidate capitalized on his fame for campaign purposes at an event in an Arizona high school.

Bahrain: Traveller's tales

  5 September 2008

Bahraini blogger Cradle of Humanity, who studied in the UK, describes a recent visit to London, and the intensity of her feeling for Britain when there: ‘I’ve always been a victim of nostalgia, but did not quite expect it to be triggered by mere names in the street. … To...

Angola: Elections underway

  5 September 2008

No Longer at Ease on elections in Angola: “Parliamentary election is underway in Angola, the first in sixteen years. The governing party is expected to win, and international observers from EU, AU and SADC have all been invited.”

Bahrain: Gratitude to a teacher

  5 September 2008

In Bahrain, a blogger who calls herself Dedicated To Him pays tribute to her teacher: ‘It’s rare when an English teacher…becomes you becomes your friend, your mother, & your sister… It’s rare to find a person like her among us.’

Dominica: Domestic Violence

  5 September 2008

“Come on guys we are better than this – lets love and respect our queens”: Chris at Dominica Weekly sends a message to women beaters.

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