6 February 2009

Stories from 6 February 2009

Global: On Erdogan's Walkout

  6 February 2009

Earlier this week, Global Voices Turkey author Deborah Ann Dilley detailed the events of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, during which Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan stormed off the stage following an argument with Israeli President Shimon Peres. Turkish bloggers weren't the only ones to react to the kerfuffle; A number of bloggers from around the world had something to say about the incident as well.

Egypt: Bloggers for Terrorism

  6 February 2009

Egyptian bloggers are posting their own photographs, posing with fake guns and pistols, on their blogs and Facebook groups as part of a new gimmick to draw attention to the plight of detained blogger Mohamed Adel. Find out more about Operation General Mait in this article by Lasto Adri.

Pakistan: Kashmir Day

  6 February 2009

Faisal K. at Deadpan Thoughts writes on the Kashmir day: “it remains as much of a waste as does the movement.”

Nepal: The Brahmin hegemony

  6 February 2009

Divas at abc – voices sans borders criticizes the predominance of the Brahmin caste in all walks of Nepali lives and asserts that Nepal should replace its Brahmin leaders.

Taiwan: First Twestival Announced

  6 February 2009

Following other “twestivals” or twitter festivals around the world, Taiwan's first twestival will be held on Feb 12 at Mayor Salon, Taipei. (zh), according to bnext.

UAE: From Vibrant to Honest

  6 February 2009

Inmotion, from Dubai, the UAE, shares with her readers the following: “Since this blog has started I've found that I've changed. I've gone from being vibrant and alive although confused and sad at times to flat-out honest and preferring my own company more than anyone else's.”

Morocco: Quran Controversy on the Way

  6 February 2009

Jillian warns us about a new controversy which could rock Morocco once the new issue of popular Moroccan weekly TelQuel hits the streets. The issue's cover story is entitled “Le Coran: Est-il vraiment applicable ‘en tout temps et en tout lieu?'” (or “The Qur'an: is it really applicable ‘at all...

Jordan: Fight in Parliament

  6 February 2009

“Another big fight took place between several members of the Jordanian Parliament today. I'm willing to give a 100-JD donation to whoever is willing to supply everyone of them with guns for the next fight. Seriously, we need to cut the number of members from 120 to nothing,” writes Jordanian...

Brazil: The (r)evolution of Lusophone music

  6 February 2009

LabCult provides a torrent link of a documentary about Luso-Afro-Brazilian music and sounds: “Lusophony – The (R)Evolution“. From hiphop to rock, visiting the Portuguese fado and Angolan and Caboverdian rhythms like the kuduro and the morna, the doc compiles Lusophone music from the colony days till today.

Zimbabwe's Bloggers React As The Opposition Joins Hands With Mugabe

  6 February 2009

Zimbabwe's bloggers are reacting with hope, but also anger and dismay to Morgan Tsvangirai's decision to join Robert Mugabe in a coalition governmet. It is a wonderfully eclectic mix that reflects the sheer emotional exhaustion of the Zimbabwean people after a marathon seven-month political impasse, which was compounded by the world-record inflation levels.

Kyrgyzstan: The U.S. Air Base Shutdown

  6 February 2009

The president of Kyrgyzstan Kurmanbek Bakiev declared that American airbase will be called off Kyrgyzstan. Political intrigues around the airbase began when Bakiev became the president of Kyrgyzstan. The question about the base withdrawal was raised [en] before every trip of the Kyrgyz president to Moscow. However, this February trip...

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