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3 January 2009

Stories from 3 January 2009

Egypt: How Can We Help Gaza?

Egyptian bloggers are rallying in support of Gaza, which is being pounded by the might of the Israeli forces for a week. Lasto Adri takes a look at blogs from...

Languages and dialects of Mali

Mali Travel Diaries writes about Mali's multilinguism, a country where French is the official language and 50 others are spoken.

Ethiopia: Limited internet availability

Owen Barder reports on the limited internet availability in Ethiopia, especially since the three underwater cables linking Egypt to Europe were cut by an ship’s anchor. Before that bandwith had...

Saudi Arabia: Who is to blame for Gaza?

As in the rest of the Arab world, Saudi Arabia's blogs have been full of commentary on the events in Gaza. However, there is no consensus as to who is...

Niger: The griot entertainer

Esther Garvi of Ishtar News posts some pictures of the griots, professional entertainers in the Hausa culture in Niger.

Global Health: Hopes and Resolutions for 2009

As 2009 kicks off, many people are trying to create changes in their lives. Whether it's large or small goals, serious or humorous ones, bloggers around the world are posting...

Egypt: Change The Channel Initiative Kicks Off

Egyptian bloggers embraced the Change the Channel initiative, spearheaded by blogger Tarek Amr to reflect positively on events and everyday life around them. Amr reviews blogs in this round up...

Jordan: “Our treaty with Israel keeps us safe”

Jordanian blogger Farah Nimri writes a post entitled “Why I’m Against Annuling the Treaty With Israel“.

Ghana: President announced

Kent's diaries reports that the results of the Presidential runoff election in Ghana have just been announced, with opposition candidate John Atta Mills winning the tight race. The blog also...

Kenya: Controversial media bill passed

Moses Kemibaro reports that Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki has signed into law the controversial Communications Amendment Bill 2008. He notes that “the Bill has been signed even as Kenyan Media,...

Kenya: Top 10 most influential women

Kachwanya has made a list of the Top 10 most influential women in Kenya, led by Minister of Justice Martha Karua who is also running for President in 2012.

Caucasus: New Year, Christmas

With Christmas and the New Year usually accompanied by lavish television spectaculars and decorations in the center of most cities worldwide, celebrations in countries such as Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia...

Brazil: Reform won't unify Brazilian and European Portuguese

Fabio Said believes that the Portuguese language spelling reform will not make the main variants of the language uniform. Commenting on a BBC news which states otherwise, he argues: “In...

Turkey: Relations with Armenia

As the first post for 2009, The Eastern Middle offers its opinion on recent moves to normalize relations between Armenia and Turkey. Now studying in the U.S., the blogger says...

Popular rapper in France is Laotian

Check out a YouTube video featuring Bolo, a popular rapper in France who is a Laotian.

Cambodia's first rock opera banned

Cambodia's first rock opera was banned after monks have convinced authorities that it insults Buddhism.

Cambodia: Shining star of Indochina in the 1960s

When Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore visited Phnom Penh, Cambodia in the 1960s, he made this remark to his host: “I hope, one day, my city will look like this”.

Indonesia: Art deco heritage

Elyani's Place blogs about the art deco heritage in Bandung, Indonesia.

Bangkok nightclub fire

Check out a YouTube video clip and the Wikipedia page on the Bangkok nightclub fire disaster which claimed the lives of 60 persons.

Bruneian bakers use blog as a marketing tool

Home makers in Brunei have utilised the blog as a marketing tool to sell their wares. Many are bakers and cake makers that display their products on their respective blogs....

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