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8 November 2008

Stories from 8 November 2008

Laos: Tourism and almsgiving

The impact of tourism in Laos on bindabaat – the practice of collecting alms from laypeople by monks and novices in Theravada Buddhist countries.

Obama's Indonesian connection

Indonesia Matters uploads an article which tackles the Indonesian connection of US President-elect Barack Obama. A young Obama lived and studied in Jakarta for five years. A former teacher recalls...

Largest Facebook group in Singapore

The public group dedicated to the memory of veteran Singapore opposition politician Mr JB Jeyaretnam, is the largest Facebook group in Singapore.

Thailand: Activist arrested for insulting monarchy

David in Siam gives an update about the case of the veteran Thai activist who was arrested for insulting the monarchy.

Indonesia: Bali bombers executed

The three Bali bombers were executed in Indonesia. Invig advises Australians: “It is not only hypocritical and racist to support the death penalty for the citizens of another culture, but...

Angola: Blogs compilation

JotaCê Carranca has created a blog compilation for blogs that talk about Angola aiming to collect all blogs about the country, at the moment organized in three categories: from Angola,...

Uganda: Locust season brings crispy treats

November is nsenene season around Lake Victoria and the locusts are scrumptious!   

Doubts about Zambia's presidential elections

percymwale raises doubts about the freeness and fairness of Zambia's recent presidential elections.

Syria: Comments on the U.S. Elections

The Syrian blogosphere, particularly the contingent that blogs in English, has been somewhat quiet about the U.S. elections, at least in comparison to its neighbors. It's no secret that many...

Armenia: Bloggers Reaction to Obama Victory

Voices Without Votes posts a roundup of reactions to Barrack Obama's victory in the U.S. presidential election. West of Igdir also posts its impressions and says that expectations are high....

Caucasus: Geocaching

West of Igdir introduces its readers to geocaching — an outdoor treasure-hunting game in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver to find hidden containers — in...

Syria: On Holograms

Syrian blogger Gardenia shares her opinion on hologram technology.

Morocco: Festival of the Strange

The View from Fez clues us in to Morocco's Festival de l'Etrange (Festival of the Strange), happening in Essaouira in a few weeks.

Obama's Victory: A Boost for Global Health?

As U.S. President-elect Barack Obama prepares for his four years in the White House, many are discussing how his term will impact health issues, globally and in the U.S., and...

Iran: ‘Americans waited for 40 years. How long should we wait?’

Many commentators hope that Barack Obama's inauguration will usher in better relations between the US and Iran. With this in mind, several Iranian bloggers shared their feelings on the outcome...

Armenia: Rahm Emanuel Concerns

And Nothing Else Matters [RU] voices its concern with Barrack Obama's choice of Rahm Emanuel as Chief of Staff. The blog reminds its readers that Emanuel was one of those...

Iraq: Lessons from a Kurdish Poet

Kurdish author Ardalan Hardi from Kurdishaspect writes a poignant letter in honor of his father entitled Lessons from a Kurdish Poet.

Israel: Generational Diaspora Opinion of Israel

“I’ve written before of the schizophrenic nature of the Diaspora relationship of Jews to Israel…. The older generation marches to the drummer of past suffering. The newer generation looks for...

Kuwait: Bikers Blocking the Road

“Bikers, Pray to god I’m not appointed the Minister of Interior, you know what the first decree would be? Ban Bikes on Ring Roads and give car drivers the license...

Turkey: Is Handwriting Still Important

Talk Turkey discusses whether or not in this day and age of texting, email, and the internet that handwriting should still be taught in schools.

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