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19 October 2008

Stories from 19 October 2008

Syria: Is it winter yet?

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...

Morocco: Beni Znassen Mountains

From Morocco, Hassi Milli shares scenes from the Beni Znassen mountains.

Palestine: Shame on Us

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...

Israel: Heroes

From Israel, Aussie Dave shares his views on TV hit Heroes.

Kuwait: Stray Cats a Problem

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,...

Iraq: Egyptian Editorial Attacks Syria

Roads to Iraq notes: “Strange attack from the Egyptian newspaper Al- Gomhuria on Syrian Prime Minister Mohammad Attri and accusing Syria with spreading Shiaism.”

Macedonia: Update on the ‘Computer for Every Child’ Project

The blog devoted to the “Computer for Every Child” project gives updates [MKD] from the biggest school in Macedonia: […] “Because of the old electrical installation in the school the...

Iraq: Abuse of Power

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...

Syria: Deadly crash

Sasa, from thesyriannewswire, reports on a deadly crash in Damascus.

Mozambique: Casualties over gas leak in Estarreja

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...

Singapore: Discussion about “User Generated Content”

During a pre-event dinner for the Singapore Digital Media Festival 2008, participants held a discussion about “user generated content.”

Indonesia: Becak vehicle

Tempus Fugit blogs about Becak, which is a “very nice and common transportation in Indonesia.”

Brazil: Call for reactions against media manipulation

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...

Guinea-Bissau: On the increasing popularity of mobile phones

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...

Bolivia: Social Movement March Towards La Paz

Hugo Miranda has photos and videos of the social movement march [es] heading towards La Paz, Bolivia that hopes to apply pressure to Congress to pass a law for the...

Japan: Media Bias in Potato Field Eviction?

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...

Japan: Reaction to Asahi article on supermarket inspection

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...

Bangladesh: Sculptures, Bigots and Bloggers

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...

Nagorno Karabakh: Mass Wedding

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...

Angola: On the sadness and happiness of being a returnee

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....

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