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19 January 2009

Stories from 19 January 2009

Malaysia: Lessons from the flooding disaster

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...

Palestine: Not faring better

Palestinians who choose to co-exist with Israelis “fare no better than any other Palestinian,” observes Ummkahlil, a Palestinian blogger, who lives in the US.

Syria: Arab Leaders and the Summit

“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,...

Syria: Where's The Daily Star?

“Qifa Nabki has got the story. It looks like the (Lebanese) Daily Star has published its final edition,” reports the Syria News Wire, in this post.

Israel: Back to Books and Bible Lessons

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...

Bahrain: Why is God not Saving Palestinians?

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...

Bahrain: Links to Gaza Map of Bombing

Bahraini Abdulhadi Khalaf, who lives in Sweden, shares with us links to interactive maps, which show the intensity of bombings and number of casualties in Gaza.

Bahrain: Mafiwasta Interview on Rights of Migrant Workers

Bahraini Esra'a, at Mideast Youth, reposts an interview conducted by Migrant Rights with Nick McGeehan, founding member of human rights group Mafiwasta, set up in 2005 to bring to attention...

Queen Rania of Jordan on Gaza: “Hell on Earth”

Jordanian blogger Ali Dahmash links to this video featuring Queen Rania appealing for aid towards the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) operating in war torn Gaza.

Indonesia: Blaze at Jakarta's main fuel tank

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...

Serbia, Russia: NIS-Gazprom Deal

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...

Georgia: Stalin Monuments in Gori

Photos of Stalin monuments in Gori, Georgia – by Latvian photographer Arnis Balcus.

Slovakia: Euro Currency

A switch to the euro in Slovakia – at CzechFolks.com.

Guyana: Flooding Controversy

Guyana has been experiencing severe bouts of flooding recently, causing damage to crops and livestock and outrage among bloggers.

St. Vincent & the Grenadines: The Face of HIV

“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...

Russia, UK: Rallies for Israel, Gaza

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...

Jamaica: Praying in Patois

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...

Ukraine: Photos of Dnipropetrovsk

Photos of Dnipropetrovsk (RUS) from a few years ago – by LJ user mgor.

Anguilla, Bermuda, Turks & Caicos: Good Governance

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...

Jamaica, U.S.A.: Political Comparisons

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...

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