Stories from 7 October 2008
From a veil which covers the face but allows women to show their two eyes, an Islamic scholar from Saudi Arabia is now calling for a veil which shows one eye only. Bloggers from the Arab world react.
Iman's Constant Cravings, from Palestine, asks: “If animals could speak.. I wonder what they'll have to say about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.”
From Jordan, A Different Perspective takes a walk down memory lane, and describes how she fell in love.
Jordanian MommaBean is in distress. Her daughter goes to a Madrassa – which translates to school in Arabic.
Arabs and Globalisation reports: ‘Just like the Greeks did, when they sued French dairy farms (and won) for using the word “Feta” to describe the cheese they sold, Lebanon is gearing up its own litigation forces to sue Israeli companies over marketing Hummus, Falafel, and Babaghanouj as “Israeli products.”‘
Israellycool reports: “The Jerusalem Post reports on a test drug that could be the answer to preventing Yom Kippur headaches.”
Palestine Free Voice reports about a tunnel collapse outside Rafah.
From Israel, Yael travels to the UK and tells us about her experiences there.
Cat-Eyez, from Kuwait, starts her vacation – and tells us about what she will be doing.
Mideast Youth will be hosting a Skype teleconference call with American students in a US high school, writes Bahraini Esra'a.
From Israel, YMedad posts a Yom Kippur reminder in this video post.
Arab Democracy, from Lebanon, reckons that if the Lebanese Council of Ministers meetings were aired in a reality TV show format, they will be a compromise between Big Brother and talent show Star Academy.
Syrian Dubai Jazz links to news sources in which Mexican actress Salma Hayek's Lebanese descent is confused with being a lesbian.
Bahraini Yagoob is in Japan – with some unwelcome company.
The Philistine links to news articles which speak of violence being committed against women in Israel.
Bahraini Mohammed Al-Ubaydli announces: “A proud day for me: not only is my brother’s new paper published, but it is also the first time that we have published in the same journal. (My own paper was from 2005.)”
Lanka Rising writes on the politics behind the recent assassination of Major General Janaka Perera in Sri Lanka.
Pro Pakistan opines: “NATO and Americans have always objected on Pakistan for negotiating with the Talibans but the irony of the matter is that today they are themselves calling for negotiations with the Talibans including Mullah Omer.”
ABC -Voices Sans Borders critiques the Nepali government's measures like resisting Miss Nepal Pageant competition and clamping down on sex and liquor in night bars as populist.
In the last two months, radical Hindu nationalist mobs have rioted and attacked Christians in a number of Indian states, claiming that lower-caste Hindus and tribal peoples are being forcibly converted to Christianity. More than 30 people have been killed, and thousands have taken shelter in government camps or in...
Bangkok protesters clashed with police in front of the Parliament building. Twitter user jeremyfanclub gives an update: “Bangkok is going political unrest PAD and police is fighting now at front of parliament from morning til now.”