Stories from 21 October 2008
Egypt: Mice and Clerics
Not Green Data, from Egypt, shares his views on mice and clerics in this post.
Jordan: Don't Share on YouTube
Jordanian Qwaider writes: “If you have a problem, don't freakin share it on YouTube!” Find out why by clicking on the link.
Kuwait: Sanskrit Manuscript
From Kuwait, Fernas shares with his readers a rare Sanskrit manuscript on palm leaves from the first half of 19th century India – which is part of his personal collection.
Palestine: e-Magazine call for articles
Rebellious Arab Girl, from Palestine, is putting together an e-magazine. Find out how you can contribute here.
Bangladesh: Protest against religious zealots
Unheard Voices reports that the protest against the removal of sculptures of bauls from Zia International Airport are gathering momentum.
Dominica, U.S.A.: Of Omar & Elections
Steve's Dominica says that the island is “bouncing back” after Hurricane Omar, while Dominica Weekly wonders why the US presidential race is getting all the media attention when “the EPA is going to impact us more than US elections.”
Cuba, U.S.A.: More than Politics
“Whatever you might think about Barack Obama or his economic plan, doesn't it diminish the suffering of the Cuban people to transform it into a mere debating point in order to discredit Obama's proposals?” Uncommon Sense says that Cuba deserves better.
Guyana: EPA Signed
Living Guyana reports that the government has finally signed the new European Union Economic Partnership Agreement.
Jamaica: Senseless Murders
“The government and the security forces just seem powerless in the face of these heartless crimes that are being committed in our small island”: Jamaican blogger Stunner says that the violence is hitting too close to home.
Guyana-Gyal isn't quite sure what “ladies living in proper places” actually do.
India: Regional chauvinism growing and no one to stop it!
Terrorism and nationalism on a regional scale are now spreading in India. The latest region which appeared in the headlines is the state of Maharashtra. Right wing politician Raj Thackeray had so far been mostly using only words to promote regional chauvinism and threatening non-Maharashtrian people who are living and...
Japan: Subsidy for companies hiring longtime freeters
A thread on bulletin board 2-Channel responds to news that the Japanese government plans to offer subsidies to companies who hire long-time freeters (people who lack full time employment or are unemployed) as full-time regular employees. Subsidies of 500,000 yen will be paid to large companies, and subsidies of 1...
Botswana: Mogae Receives The Mo Ibrahim Award
The Mo Ibrahim Award goes to the former President of Botswana: “Mogae becomes the second recipient of the prestigious annual award. The Mo Ibrahim Award is the biggest individual prize in the world. The inaugural prize went to former Mozambican President Joachim Chisano last year.”
China: Child Labor
Joe from ChinaSMACK blogs about Child labour in Wuhan and the netizens discussion about the issue.
Hong Kong: Lehman Minibonds
David Webb blogs about the lesson that Hong Kong people can learn from the Lehman mini-bonds scandal.