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20 November 2008

Stories from 20 November 2008

Oman: Blogger's Meet Up Planned

Oman Community Blog is planning a blogger meeting. The dates have not been finalised – but tentative dates are the 17th, 18th or 19th of December.

Syria: Stop Generalisations

From Syria, Maysaloon [dead link/this post has since been deleted] wishes that writers and bloggers will stop generalising when addressing political issues and “stop speaking for ‘most’ or ‘many’ Syrians.”

Morocco: $31 million for Reforestation Projects

SunnyRaindrops tells us that Morocco plans to spend USD31 million over the next two years on reforestation.

Morocco: Debating the Death Penalty

Abdelilah Boukili debates the death penalty in his blog as a response to the BBC World's Have Your Say program.

Morocco: Hate Crimes on the Rise in the US Following Obama's Election

Myrtus, a Moroccan living in the U.S., is alarmed by the number of hate crimes across the U.S. following Obama's election to the presidency.

Morocco: Doctors Protest Against Remote Assignments

SunnyRaindrops reports that female doctors in Morocco are protesting against being assigned to remote locations.

Egypt: Convicted for being a Blogger

Is blogging a serious crime? And is speaking up for others something which warrants punishment? Egyptian Marwa Rakha translates a post from Arabic which discusses bloggers and blogging in Egypt.

Cameroon: Questioning the Bakassi Freedom Fighters hostage exchange

A week after the 10 hostages (including 8 foreign nationals) kidnapped by the Bakassi Freedom Fighters were exchanged for the release of 13 prisoners, Cameroonian blogger Le blog du Prési wonders...

Madagascar: Brides-for-Sale just one harsh reality of poverty

Lova Rakotomalala translates the Malagasy blogosphere as it talks about the extremes people can be driven to by poverty.

Egypt: King Abdullah's Glass of Wine

A rumor has been spreading in the blogosphere, accompanied with a photograph of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia showing him seated beside US President George W Bush while holding a...

Israel: Hoessein Derakhshan Arrested

Iranian-born Meir Javedanfar, who is based in Tel Aviv, blogs about Iranian Hoessein Deraskhshan's arrest in Tehran in this post on Middle East Analyst. Global Voices Advocacy covered the story...

Trinidad & Tobago: Effects of Flooding

Trinidad and Tobago bloggers are keeping an eye on the flood waters, here and here.

Hungary: Eszter Hajdú's Documentary

Hungarian Spectrum writes about a documentary on “the devastating effects of Hungarian political divisiveness on families and friendships.”

Trinidad & Tobago: Gotham City?

Trinidad and Tobago's The Liming House blogs about Baby Marisa, who died from a rare but treatable liver problem: “The death of this innocent should rest on all our minds....

Barbados: The Abortion Issue

Barbados Free Press comments on two regional mainstream media articles about abortion.

Grenada: Heavy Rains

Yesterday's heavy rains turned Grenada's Annandale Falls dangerous – Free Spirit posts some photos.

Guyana: Snake Tales

A discarded snake skin reminds Guyana-Gyal of two stories that she learned through oral tradition, causing her to lament: “Instead of adding we stories to the grand history of man,...

Japan: 10,000 signatures to support a café

A small independent café, Berg, is facing possible eviction from a shopping complex in Shinjuku, adjacent to the world's busiest train station. The building owner wants the 50-square-metre café out...

Peru: APEC Summit an Opportunity for the Country

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum will attract 21 member countries to Lima, Peru, which will have the opportunity to put on display its recent economic accomplishments, investment opportunities, as well...

China: When Your Son Is Kidnapped

ESWN translated a Southern Metropolis Daily news about a father seeking help online for finding his kidnapped son: the kidnappers demanded 30,000 RMB, but the police refused to accept the...

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