Stories from 26 October 2008
Ecuador: Update on the Death of Chelito the Giraffe
Voces Lojanas [es] provides an update on the death of Chelito the Giraffe in the Loja, Ecuador zoo. To date, no definitive conclusions have been reached and many are still awaiting answers.
Turkey: Blogspot.com Banned
In another long string of website services blocked in the Republic of Turkey, yet another blog service has been blocked Blogger/Blogspot.com. A court in Diyarbakir Turkey has banned Blogger in relation to an intellectual property infringement case. Adam Klempner, translates some of the Turkish bloggers' reactions.
Southeast Asia: Impact of Financial Crisis
What are the views of several Southeast Asian bloggers about the global financial crisis? First, an authoritative voice: Malaysia's former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. He points out the double standard of the US government in solving economic problems: “We cannot forget how, in 1997-98, American hedge funds destroyed the economies...
Bangladesh: Holiday Literary Supplements
Mahmud Rahman at cruel, crazy, beautiful world writes about the long tradition of publication of holiday special literary supplements of newspapers and magazines in Bangladesh. His post at Words Without Borders Blog reveals that these specials are a delight for both the readers and the emerging writers.
India, Pakistan: Post Colonial English Language Writers
GoatMilk discusses about the post colonial English language writers in India and Pakistan.
Morocco: Tangier Experiences Massive Flooding
For the past few years, Morocco has been experiencing a significant drought. Unfortunately, recent rain storms have brought little relief, as Northern Morocco experiences massive flooding, claiming the lives of at least 13 people. The View From Fez recently reported on the floods: Thirteen people have been killed in northern...
Lebanon: Saturday Security Briefs
Blacksmiths of Lebanon updates us on the security situation in Lebanon in this post entitled Saturday Security Briefs.
Jordan: Creative Commons Amman Date
Ahmad Humeid, from Jordan, announces: ” Creative Commons is coming to Arabia and they’re holding a lecture in Amman. Creative Commons CEO Joichi Ito will be the speaker.”
Jordan: Qwaider Planet Celebrates
Qwaider Planet kicks off its third year, boosting the number of blogs it aggregates posts from 250 last year to around 400 this year. The aggregator was set up by Jordanian Samer Qwaider, who is also responsible for Jordan Blogs and GirlyGator.
Palestine: Nahr el-Bared Update
It's been a year since the first Palestinian refugees were allowed to return to the Nahr al-Bared camp in Lebanon. Palestinian Haitham Sabbah has an update and videos in this post.
Jordanian blogger Naseem Tarawnah suffers from Blognesia. To find out what that is, click here.
Morocco: 8th Marrakech international film festival
“The 8th Marrakech international film festival (FIFM) will pay tribute to two world-famous actresses, American Sigoureney Weaver and Asian Michelle Yeoh. The festival runs from November 14th to 22nd,” says The View from Fez, in Morocco.
Kuwait Suspended from FIFA
Football governing body, FIFA has suspended Kuwait from all international matches and activities because of the government interference in the affairs of the football federation, reports Mark, from Kuwait.
Egyptian Evil Empires
Not Green Data, from Egypt, compiles a s list of the five Egyptian evil empires. They are: the ruling National Democratic Party, Al Ahly Sporting Club, Microbus drivers, Al Ahram Newspaper and Egyptian tycoons.
Bahrain: Hollywood-Inspired Anti-Muslim Prejudices
Palestinian blogger Haitham Sabbah links to an article by Bahrain-based Paul J Balles, who writes about Hollywood-inspired anti-Muslim prejudices.
Dubai: Accident Report
From Dubai, The Devil wears Prada got into an accident and writes about it in this post.
Kuwait: Drunk DJ Sparks Debate
An allegedly drunk DJ has sparked a debate on a popular Kuwaiti blog. Click on 248am for the latest on this.
Japan: Meeting Tatsuhiko Takimoto
id:y_arim describes [ja] meeting Japanese author Tatsuhiko Takimoto, known for his fictional work about hikikomori entitled Welcome to the N.H.K, at a bar in Akihabara. When they met, Takimoto declared that he had just recently discovered his “true self” — the person he was when he was in elementary school,...
Ukraine: Accident Training in Chernobyl; Virtual Pripyat
Chernobyl and Eastern Europe writes about a recent radiological accident training at Chernobyl Power Plant, and shares a link to the English-language section of Virtual Pripyat, “a new project associated with Pripyat.com […], a site that acts as an address book/directory of Pripyat and the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.”
Czech Republic, Ukraine: Prague vs Kyiv
Petro's Jotter compares Kyiv to Prague.
Ukraine: BlogCamp CEE 2008
Oleksandr Demchenko shares some basic facts about BlogCamp CEE 2008, which was held in Kyiv a week ago.