19 October 2008

Stories from 19 October 2008

Syria: Is it winter yet?

  19 October 2008

Here comes the winter, announces Syrian blogger Sasa. After a heat wave, a rain storm took the Syrian capital by surprise. “So do we get those winter clothes out or not?” he asks.

Palestine: Shame on Us

  19 October 2008

Under a post entitled Shame on Us, Palestinian Leila notes: “Until we cleanse these heinous sins, adhere and submit to what we know Islam to be, then we deserve to live in this shame and we deserve the scorn the world levies at us.”

Kuwait: Stray Cats a Problem

  19 October 2008

From Kuwait, Chikapappi  complains about stray cats in her neighbourhood. “I don’t know what we could do as citizens and people living in here in Kuwait to solve this problem, they’re populating like rats and believe me, those cats are full of diseases..” she remarks.

Iraq: Abuse of Power

  19 October 2008

Inside Iraq draws our attention to the abuse of power in Iraq and how those with guns are in control. “The way those people who have guns behave makes me like many Iraqi civilians feel that Iraq became a wild jungle where survival is only for the strongest. This kind...

Mozambique: Casualties over gas leak in Estarreja

  19 October 2008

Paulo Granjo [pt] blogs about a piece of news that local newspapers in Mozambique didn't pay much attention to: an accidental leak of aniline gas in a Mozambican chemical plant caused 14 casualties. Nobody has died. “The information has been provided by the Relief Operations District Command and it is...

Brazil: Call for reactions against media manipulation

  19 October 2008

Eduardo Guimarães [pt] member founder of Movimento dos Sem Mídia [Medialess Movement] calls for citizen participation on the protest against media manipulation and distortion of facts in Brazil. “I am again proposing to make this blog an engine of a national uprising against the media, a peaceful, citizen, public denunciation...

Guinea-Bissau: On the increasing popularity of mobile phones

  19 October 2008

Jorge Rosmaninho writes at the Lusophone online magazine O Patifundio [pt] about the mobile phone fever in Guinea-Bissau. “There is not a single teacher who would not complain that, at the beginning of the lessons, students waste the first ten minutes arguing over who would have the right to charge...

Japan: Media Bias in Potato Field Eviction?

  19 October 2008

Images appearing on Japanese TV of government forces evicting crying nursery school children from potato fields in Osaka, part of plans to extend a highway (the Second Keihan Highway) between Kyoto and Osaka, has sparked many on the Japanese net to respond with accusations of media bias.

Japan: Reaction to Asahi article on supermarket inspection

  19 October 2008

An article in the Asahi Shimbun [ja] about a visit by Japanese prime minister Taro Aso to a Shinjuku supermarket has been taken up on 2-Channel [ja]. Aso reportedly visited the supermarket to inspect rising food prices, and then proceeded to have dinner at the (very luxurious) Imperial Hotel. As...

Bangladesh: Sculptures, Bigots and Bloggers

  19 October 2008

A new controversy rattled Bangladesh last week. Authorities in Bangladesh were forced to remove five sculptures of Bauls (mystic folk singers) including Fakir Lalon Shah in front of the Zia International Airport in the face of protests from an Islamist group. They formed a sculpture prevention committee which pressed that...

Nagorno Karabakh: Mass Wedding

  19 October 2008

517 Design [RU] posts photographs of a mass wedding which took place in the disputed mainly Armenian-populated territory of Nagorno Karabakh during which as many as 700 couples tied the knot. The blogger's English-language site also carries more information on the cash incentives ranging from $2,000-100,000 offered to the young...

Angola: On the sadness and happiness of being a returnee

  19 October 2008

Angola, 1975. The country had just become independent and the former Portuguese colonizers, as well as their families and many Angolan citizens, had to flee leaving everything they had behind. 30 years later, they blog the tale of being returnees and about the sadness and happiness this change in their fortunes brought them. See a video of the dramatic mass emigration.

Receive great stories from around the world directly in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the best of Global Voices!

Submitted addresses will be confirmed by email, and used only to keep you up to date about Global Voices and our mission. See our Privacy Policy for details.

Newsletter powered by Mailchimp (Privacy Policy and Terms).

* = required field
Email Frequency



No thanks, show me the site