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19 January 2009

Stories from 19 January 2009

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Malaysia: Lessons from the flooding disaster

  19 January 2009

Last week, flooding hit several areas in the Sarawak State of Malaysia. Bloggers recount their experience and the lessons to be culled from the flood disaster. The flooding was the worst in years in Malaysia.

Syria: Arab Leaders and the Summit

  19 January 2009

“The Arab summit today was truly surprising and from what has been ‘said’ so far it seems that finally the Arab leaders are saying what the people want to hear, and are actually doing what the people want them to do,” says Arabia Camel: The Revolution, from Syria.

Israel: Back to Books and Bible Lessons

  19 January 2009

Imshin from Israel notes that life is going back to its normal routine. He writes: “It’s nice to be back with books and things. Last night I finally made it to the third lesson of a series of Bible lessons I had been planning to go to. I was far...

Bahrain: Why is God not Saving Palestinians?

  19 January 2009

American Coolred38, who lives in Bahrain, asks: “In your opinion…is it safe to assume…that the millions of prayers sent to God by Muslims asking for Palestinians to be saved and for the genocide to stop once and for all have fallen on deaf ears…but prayers sent out with hopes of...

Indonesia: Blaze at Jakarta's main fuel tank

  19 January 2009

Devi Girsang talks about the recent fire at Pertamina‘s fuel tank in Jakarta. Since Indonesia is now preparing for legislative and presidential elections this year, speculations among common people spread out that the incident was not merely an accident.

Serbia, Russia: NIS-Gazprom Deal

  19 January 2009

A roundup on the NIS-Gazprom deal – at Eternal Remont: “In 2008, Deloitte & Touche valued NIS at $2.95 billion. But Gazprom is only going to pay $1.2 billion ($537 million + $721 million in new “investment”) between now and 2012. Better yet, the Serbs refused to entertain offers from...

St. Vincent & the Grenadines: The Face of HIV

  19 January 2009

“Sometimes, life in small island societies can have immense drawbacks”: Blogging from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Abeni says that some of them are “the whisperings about persons with HIV and the subsequent ostracism that takes place.”

Russia, UK: Rallies for Israel, Gaza

  19 January 2009

LJ user mgor (a London-based native of Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine) posts photos from a London rally in support of Gaza. LJ user drugoi (Roustem Adagamov, one of the most popular Russian bloggers) posts photos from a Moscow rally in support of Israel. (Text in Russian.)

Jamaica: Praying in Patois

  19 January 2009

Iriegal shares her thoughts on the production of a Patois Bible: “I just want to say $60 million dollars is a lot to invest…there is so much controversy in translating European English into Patois I really don't know how they are going to do it, even from and audio perspective.”

Anguilla, Bermuda, Turks & Caicos: Good Governance

  19 January 2009

A couple of regional bloggers have been keeping track of the inquiry into official misconduct and corruption in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Vexed Bermoothes says: “I don’t want to draw the parallels too deeply, but TCI is demonstrating the challenges that many small islands face…this is why Bermuda needs...

Jamaica, U.S.A.: Political Comparisons

  19 January 2009

As America gears up for the inauguration of President Barack Obama, diaspora blogger Geoffrey Philp is reminded of “the euphoria that many Jamaicans experienced when Michael Manley was elected as Prime Minister in 1972.”

Palestine: Assessing the Aftermath in Gaza

  19 January 2009

On Sunday evening the Israel Defense Forces began a troop withdrawal from Gaza, following three straight weeks of attacks. Israel's unilateral ceasefire was announced earlier in the day, and met with an offer for a one-week ceasefire from Hamas. Ayesha Saldanha shares blog reactions from Gaza.

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