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20 November 2008

Stories from 20 November 2008

Bangladesh: Hajj pilgrims vote issue

Ghore Baire critically analyzes the point one major political party of Bangladesh raised that Hajj pilgrims will not being able to vote if the elections are held on December 18.

Thailand: Blast inside protest site

An anti-government protester was killed and scores were wounded in a bomb blast Thursday inside a demonstration site in Bangkok. The blast was dropped in the Government House complex. Check...

Vietnam/Singapore: Bridal service controversy

A Singapore newspaper published an article announcing the discount rate for Vietnam brides. This drew criticism from many Vietnamese individuals and groups: “It's horrible to see them [Vietnamese would-be brides]...

Philippines: Typhoid fever downs 77

More than 70 persons contracted typhoid fever in Quezon province in the Philippines. The diarrheal disease is linked with contaminated water supply.

Philippines: Bloggers file impeachment case against president

Several Filipino bloggers have filed an impeachment complaint against the Philippine president. The president is accused of corruption, electoral fraud, betrayal of the Constitution and public trust.

Sri Lanka: Censoring the web and Internet

ICT for Peacebuilding (ICT4Peace) discusses about a proposed law in Sri Lanka restricting private TV broadcasting: “disturbingly, the proposed regulations are a significant challenge to all bloggers in Sri Lanka,...

Egypt: Jailed for Complaining about Sexual Harassment

Egyptian Zeinobia writes about how a 31-year-old woman and her sick elderly mother spent the night in jail, after reporting to the authorities that a police officer had sexually harassed...

Cambodia's new intellectuals

Vuthasurf uploads an article written by GV author Geoffrey Cain which was published by the Hong Kong-based Far Eastern Economic Review. The article features young bloggers who are hailed as...

Egypt Wins Sixth African Cup Football Championship

From Egypt, Ibn Al Dunya celebrates Al Ahly Club's sixth African Club Championship title in football.

Qatar: Museum of Islamic Arts to Open

Qatar Living announces the opening of the Museum of Islamic Art on November 22. The museum will open its doors to the public on December 1.

Harry Potter translated into Khmer language

GV author Tharum writes about the Khmer translation of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter book. Tharum also reflects on how to improve readership in Cambodia today.

Bangladesh: Tour on Padma river

Kristin Boekhoff posts about a photographic boat tour on the mighty Padma River in Bangladesh.

Kazakhstan: Political Economy and Blocked Blogs

It has been more than a month since Kazakhstan’s telecom monopolist blocked access of the users to Livejournal, the most popular blog platform in the Central Asian country. At the...

Brazil: Attempts to censor a documentary about censorship

Gagged in Brazil, a documentary about the relationship between politics, media and censorship in Brazil was taken off the Current TV networks after a political party's complaint. After a full...

Egypt: Sawiris Takes on Switzerland

Cairo's Scene & Heard celebrated entrepreneur and hotelier Sameh Sawiris's new project in Switzerland saying: “Now that we're branching out into Europe…do you think we stand a chance next to...

Egypt: No More Natural Gas to Israel

An Egyptian court has banned the export of natural gas to Israel. Marwa Rakha briefs us about the deal, and what an Egyptian blogger is writing about the court order...

Rain in the Middle East

It's raining in the Middle East and bloggers are taking to their keyboards to register their thoughts about the change in climate. Here's review of what some bloggers in Saudi...

Iran: Two cyber activists jailed

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns online journalist Shahnaz Gholami’s arrest at her Tehran home on 9 November. RSF reports that theologian and online journalist Mojtaba Lotfi was arrested on 8...

Egypt: American University in Cairo's New Campus Sparks Debate

Designed to accommodate 5,500 full-time students and 1,500 faculty and staff, the American University in Cairo's new $400 million, 260-acre campus is technologically advanced and environmentally friendly. Students say that...

Oman: King Abdullah's Meeting with Saudi Students Cool

Omani blogger Amjad says King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia met with Saudi students during his visit to the US. He describes the gesture as “really cool.”

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