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22 January 2009

Stories from 22 January 2009

China: Obama, can you?

Obama has been sworn in as the first African American president, with a popular support peaking at its high.  His inauguration summoned as many as two million people, and his...

Middle East: Boycott as a Political Weapon

Many people across the Middle East have decided to boycott Israeli and American products in response to the Israeli war on Gaza. Tarek Amr reviews what bloggers have to say...

Egypt: Al Jazeera or Al Arabiya

Zeinobia compares here between Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya news channels, elaborating on why she hates Al Arabiya more than Al Jazeera.

Egypt: Bye Bye Bush

“I admit…it feels very good that George W. Bush is no longer President of the United States of America,” writes The Arabist, from Egypt.

Egypt: Blogger Facing Lawsuit

“I spoke before about the Egyptian citizen Journalism blog from Port Said “El Hakika”. Its owner and blogger Tamer Mabrook was facing the first civil lawsuit against a blogger for...

Maghreb Politics Review Launched

“Check out the first post at Maghreb Politics Review. I’ve added some people as contributors, if you want to be added as an editor or as an admin, let me...

Palestine: Coexisting?

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.

Russia: Migration Issues

Window on Russia writes about a Ryazan Tajik activist's appeal to the Russian media to stop “fanning the flames of ethnic hatred against migrants” and the launch of the Migration-007...

Russia: Mosque and Armenian Church Near Olimpiysky

Pictures of an Armenian church under construction and a mosque under re-construction in Moscow's Olimpiysky Sports Arena neighborhood – at Pictures of Moscow.

The Egyptian Bloggers Bookfair

With more than 15 new titles, Egyptian bloggers take the 2009 Cairo International Book Fair by storm. Marwa Rakha reports how bloggers are planning to organise group visits to make...

Saudi Arabia: A boycott that might work

Crossroads Arabia reports on a call by Saudi women to boycott lingerie shops that refuse their demand to hire women – an initiative backed by the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce...

Saudi Arabia: Thoughts on the inauguration

Saudi blogger Hala, who currently lives in the United States, has posted her thoughts on Obama's inauguration: “For those of us who think it’s possible to see democracy in our...

Israel: A Plea to Obama

An Israeli human rights activist makes an impassioned plea to the new American president in a video: “Obama, take away the pain in my stomach.”

Nepal: Bollywood Movie Banned Over Buddha Birthplace Row

A Bollywood movie titled ‘Chandni Chowk To China’ was banned in Nepal because a narrator in a scene suggested that the Buddha was born in India instead of Nepal. Badmas...

Philippines: The root cause of the flooding

In the Philippines, media reports have cited weeks of heavy rain brought by a cold front as the immediate cause of the massive flooding and landslides. Some Filipino bloggers have...

India: Blog Camp in Mumbai

Asfaq writes about the recently concluded Blog Camp 2009 in Mumbai, India.

Armenia: Homophobic Media

Despite the country's recent endorsement of a UN declaration against discrimination on sexual orientation, Unzipped: Gay Armenia continues to expose the prevalent homophobia in Armenian society. Following recent discriminatory and...

Pakistan: Taliban ban music in buses

Deadpan thoughts reports that after banning shopping for women in the troubled North of Pakistan, the Taliban threatened to ban all music and videos shown in public buses in their...

Nigeria: Nigeria's Football Online Community

711football.com is a football platform where Nigerian football fans meet to discuss and share views on football. Launched in June 2008, the site is gradually becoming Nigeria’s hottest destination for...

Africa: Africans Welcome Support for Democracy

Africans are ready for democracy support from Obama administration, reports AfricanLoft.

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