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25 October 2008

Stories from 25 October 2008

Yemen: 40 People Killed in Torrential Rain Storm

More than 40 people have been killed and about 30 are missing in Yemen after torrential rain hit Hadhramout. Writing at Moments In Words From Hadhramout, Omar Barsawad brings us...

Peru: New Terrorist Attack by Shining Path Guerrillas

Silvio Rendón of Lapicero Digital [es] writes about the recent attack by Shining Path guerrillas against a military group in Vizcatán in the department of Huancavelica department that left 15 dead.

Turkey: Blogger.com Blocked

Blogger.com is now blocked in Turkey, announces TurkeyTalk. This follows the blocking of WordPress and YouTube, following court orders.

Malaysian Media Council: Double handcuffs or media freedom?

Amidst a number of recent journalistic blunders, Malaysia’s Home Minister, Syed Hamid Albar, announced that the government has full intention of establishing a national media policy, together with a regulatory...

Scenes from the Kuwait Stock Exchange

Mark, from Kuwait, shares those scenes from the Kuwait Stock Exchange.

Jordan: An Encounter with a Bisexual in Iran

Jordanian Rami Abdelrahman, who lives in Sweden, posts this fascinating post by a Swedish friend who travelled to Iran on a study visit and his encounter with a ‘bisexual’ tour...

Saudi Arabia: Funding Increased for Scholarships

Will students on government scholarships have their stipends increased? Ahmed Al Shumrani [Ar], from Saudi Arabia, hopes so.

Jordan: Dog Attacks Car

Dog attacks car? Karkoor from Jordan links to this story from Australia.

Egypt: Eye Opening Bahrain Visit

Alien Back [Ar], from Egypt, visited Bahrain and wrote his impressions here.

Jordan: Dubai Visa Problematic

From Jordan, Princess N writes about how frustrating it is to get a visit visa to Dubai.

Jordan: Rumours, Gap Year Foreign Students, and Body of Lies

From an innocent murmur to a devastating consequence on the life of an innocent girl, see how rumours can destroy lives in Jordan in this round up of Jordanian blogs...

Japan: You call that “art”?

Blogger aiki_tachibana, in a post entitled “Don't call that ‘art'!” [ja], reacts to news about a controversial art performance in Hiroshima on Oct. 21st. According to reports [ja], a group...

Israel: Desiring the Druze

Anglo-Arab blogger Doshka has decided that Druze men are ‘hot': “In Israel, they are quite possibly all first cousins because they can neither marry out of the sect, nor can...

Palestine: No security

In Gaza, Sameh Habeeb talks to a young girl who witnessed her father and brothers being beaten by Israeli soldiers: “In all cultures the father of the family represents safety...

Saudi Arabia: Creating a modern mix

Saudi blogger Hala wonders about Canadian activist Irshad Manji, who is lesbian, feminist, and Muslim: “Some choose to create a modern mix of their original values and their new ones,...

Korea: US$100bn Package for Stabilizing the Market

South Korea's government has agreed to guarantee foreign-currency borrowing by the country's banks to help stabilize financial markets. The announcement doesn’t bring positive views from netizens. The netizens also have...

Southeast Asia: Film entries to the Oscars

Bisean lists the film entries of Southeast Asian countries to the Best Foreign Language Film category of the Oscars.

Malaysia: Era of contaminated food

After the China milk scandal, Jewelle notes that in Malaysia some popular food brands are also allegedly contaminated. Are we living in the era of contaminated food?

Working in Brunei

What are some of the advantages of working in Brunei: “peace, no income tax, heavily subsidized petrol price, excellent education facilities for the kids and one of the lowest inflation...

Philippines: 2nd Mindanao Bloggers Summit

Congratulations to the organizers and participants of the 2nd Mindanao Bloggers Summit in General Santos City. Mindanao is the Philippines’ second biggest island.

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