Stories from 5 December 2008
Naguib Sawiris's Mobinil is positioned as the leading mobile service operator in Egypt. Scene & Heard hails Mobinil's inspirational campaign “Imagine what 20 million Egyptians could do."
Iran's 27th Fajr International Film Festival will honor actor Paul Newman, who died this year, Israelity notes. In Israel, Newman's best known work is “Exodus,” the story of the State's founding.
“What if Israel moved all the terrorist prisoners to Sderot so that they too would be exposed to the rocket fire from Gaza?” Yaakov Kirschen of the Dry Bones Blog asks.
False Dichotomies’ Alex Stein recently received a letter from Kashmir, thanking him for his coverage of Mumbai. It read: “Jews are and always have been welcome in Kashmir. In fact, in 1991 when Jews were taken hostage by Pakistani militants, it was a Kashmiri group – JKLF which stands for...
Kuwaiti blogger Marzouq is off to Hajj, the pilgrimage Muslims perform to Mecca, at least once in their life time, if they have the means and are able to do so.
American Bedu, an American woman in Saudi Arabia, writes about the impact of blogs and bloggers in the Kingdom. “In my view, blogs are an excellent mechanism to further balance out and learn about Saudi Arabia,” she writes.
Khobbeizeh, from Jordan, posts photographs from recent art exhibitions in Jordan.
From Kuwait, G.Q. is celebrating December and the holiday season.
Jordanian photographer Laith, who lives in Los Angeles, US, posts a few of the latest photographs he took here.
Susie's Big Adventure, a blog by an American woman in Saudi Arabia, introduces us to old Jeddah in this post.
Muscati from Oman is enraged at the treatment Omanis receive when they apply for Schengen visas to visit Europe. “The reason I'm writing this post is that I am pissed off that Oman has a visa on arrival policy for countries that don't have quick visa procedures for Omani citizens,”...
Palestinian Haitham Sabbah posts a video showing a settler shooting Palestinians in Hebron. The footage was filmed by Jamal Abu-Sa'ifan, who documented how his own family was attacked.
Yazan Badran's On Olives and Sake has a new home on WordPress – thanks to Syria's censorship of blogging platform Blogger.com.
A group called, "I bet you'll find that in 5000 Facebook users who do not like Sanader!" was formed on Facebook in criticism of Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader. In addition to the creator of the group being detained by police, it has incited Croatian citizens who are realizing that their freedom of speech is being threatened.
Although more and more children in Senegal are attending school, the education system faces ever greater challenges, from the influence of drugs to unwanted pregnancies to the fact that education is hardly a guarantee of future employment.
Somapala Gunadheera at Groundviews writes about the ethnic conflicts in Sri Lanka: “It is being prolonged by misconceptions born (out) of prejudice, parochialism and rivalry.”
Peshawar, the capital of the North-West Frontier Province in Pakistan was rocked with a high intensity car bomb blast today. The car was parked near the assembly hall laden with almost 30-40 KG explosive materials. It was not a suicidal attack as there was no one inside the car. As...
Dulce Camer interviews Cameroonian musician Muntu Valdo, whose music can be described as a mix of bossa nova, afro-cuban, blues, soul and funk. The interview also contains a few videos of Muntu Valdo's music.
Jemila of Ghana Unite for Development comments on Ghana's development efforts in view of the upcoming presidential elections on December 7th. He appears pessimistic about the outcome: “I am not in the least bit confident in any result that this election might come to. All I can hope is that...
Cameroon Comedy posts a joke about Cameroon.
Rajan Nair posts some images of the anti-terror rally took place on December 4, 2008 at Gateway of India in Mumbai.