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22 December 2008

Stories from 22 December 2008

Sri Lanka: The Siemens Bribery Scandal

Rohan Samarajiva at LIRNEAsia analyzes the recent Siemens Bribery Scandal and comments that every country should check Siemens court papers for traces of corruption.

Pakistan: The forgotten silence of 1971

Raza Rumi at Pak Tea House discusses the tragic events of 1971 that lead to the independence of Bangladesh from Pakistan: “The truth is that we as a state and...

Pakistan: Airforce On High Alert!

Tensions are apparently running high between India and Pakistan as Lahore Metblogs reports: “Pakistan Air Force today conducted vigilance exercises throughout the central Punjab and North-Eastern parts of the country...

Bangladesh: A Change Is Required

Life As I Know It comments on the impending Bangladesh election: “I hope this 9th national election brings a change… no matter how small it is. It has to start...

India: The ‘Conspicuous’ Indian Elites

Words From Solitude criticizes the role of the Indian elites after the recent Mumbai terror attacks.

Morocco: Out with the old, in with the new

The View from Fez shares a discussion with Aziza Chaouni, an architect with a plan to redesign and repurpose the famous tanneries of Fez.

Turkey: An Online Apology to Armenia Campaign

According to Istanbul Calling, a new online campaign allowing Turks “to sign onto an apology for the “great catastrophe” that the Armenians suffered during World War I” has been launched...

Turkey: A New Take on the Gingerbread House

Carpetblogger proposes a new Christmas tradition, the making of “Ginger Kondu”- gingerbread houses modeled after the architecture of Turkish squatter villages called Gecekondu.

Kurdistance: Celebrating the Night of Winter

Kurdish blogger Rasti wishes a Happy Şeva Zistanê to all. Şeva Zistanê translates into “The Night of Winter” and is celebrated on the Winter Solstice.

Turkey: Campaign for a Joint-Commission on the Armenian Question

Talk Turkey urges individuals to join his new campaign to demand that “Turkey and Armenia form a joint-commission to research and investigate the facts of genocide and other claims; without...

Saudi Arabia: The return of public cinemas?

Public cinemas have been banned in Saudi Arabia for the last 30 years, and if residents of the kingdom want to watch films on the big screen, they travel to...

Saudi Arabia: The problems of women in medicine

Saudi blogger Ruhsa explores the stigma faced by Saudi women working in medicine, including the idea that women in the field are considered “easy”.

Palestine: No falafels in Gaza

In Gaza has found one of the few falafel stands still able to operate despite fuel shortages in the Gaza Strip.

Barbados: Journalists Arrested

The Barbadian blogosphere is an uproar following the arrest of two mainstream media journalists - a move that bloggers are interpreting as an assault on press freedom.

Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago: Stanford's Legends

Barbadian Cheese-on-bread! and Trinidad-based Caribbean Beat Blog talk about the uncertainty surrounding US billionaire Allen Stanford's continued involvement in Caribbean cricket, following the dissolution of his West Indies 20/20 Cricket...

Jamaica: Christmas Present

All blogger Long Bench wants for Christmas is “a public apology from Bruce Golding for how he and his government have been a spectacular failure and embarrassment to Jamaicans in...

Trinidad & Tobago: Earthquake & Flood

From Trinidad and Tobago, Coffeewallah blogs about an early morning earthquake: “It was really something that jolt, makes you wonder if the universe is trying to tell us something, floods,...

Barbados, St. Kitts & Nevis: Murderer Executed

Barbadian bloggers Gallimaufry and Barbados Underground take note of the recent execution of a convicted murderer in St. Kitts.

Jamaica: Half & Half

Jamaicans have an innovative method of dealing with the impact of the global economic crisis – Iriegal says that merchants “are now cutting everything in half and selling it at...

Ecuador: The Passing of Ex-President León Febres Cordero

Ecuador's former President León Febres Cordero passed away this week and many of the country's bloggers are providing thoughts about his legacy. Some are giving him more credit for his...

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