Stories from 11 February 2009
The Ivanov Report reviews and critiques the coverage that Russia received from the Washington Post in January.
Anna's Out of Town News writes about Dmitry Medvedev's anti-alcohol campaign.
The Journeys of Captain Oddsocks writes about the Czech Switzerland National Park.
Czechmatediary writes that “the European Parliament fears that the Czechs will make all of the EU women become unappreciated stay-home moms.”
Belarusan American Blog writes about the problems of Belarusian army.
Via Stepping Stones and A Nevada Yankee in King Zogs Court, a link to a travel blog – Vagabond Journey.com Travelogue: 9 years of travel through more than 40 countries on 5 continents – whose focus has been on Albania lately (here and here).
Writing at the UAE Community Blog, John B. Chilton shares with us an extract on a new media law in the UAE which proposes to make blogger anonymity illegal. “Is this a misreading of the proposed law?” he wonders.
Paradise in Me, from Oman, writes about her first few days in her new job in this post. “A lot of fainting, morning sickness, food, weird craving absent minded pregnant women is what I surround myself with for average 8 hours a day,” she explains.
Arabs and Globalization discusses different aspects of Jordan's economy in this post.
With news headlines spelling out economic doom as governments, companies and individuals continue to tighten their belts, bloggers across the Arab world jump on the bandwagon and ask: "Are job layoffs coming our way?"
“Whoever truly ends up winning the Israeli elections, whether through seats or the formation of a coalition government, one thing is for certain: Palestinians will be losing out,” writes Jordanian Naseem Tarawnah on the outcome of the Israeli elections.
“today is the 100th day of blogger hossein derakhshan’s detention in iran. and it has been a few days since blogger philip rizk has been detained in egypt. the previous links will take you to websites to get more information and see what you can do from where you are,”...
News from Syria announces that US President Barack Obama has lifted an embargo on Syrianair, enabling the airline to purchase parts for two of its jumbo jets, which have been grounded for years. “And it seems this is just the start of the new era between Syria and America, with...
From Egypt, 3arabawy links to blogs posts and articles covering his country's crackdown on a pro-Gaza march.
Here's American Palestinian KABOBfest‘s take on Helen Thomas‘ question at Barack Obama's Press conference on Monday: “Do you know of any country in the Middle East that has nuclear weapons?”
Itonion at Desicritics discusses whether China is really a threat to the Indian IT outsourcing industry as perceived by many and concludes that India and China may end up collaborating in the future.
Ambreen Kazmi at Chowrangi reports that a cleric in North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) of Pakistan is using FM radio to influence the minds of an illiterate society especially the women, who are largely his listeners.
Geoffrey Hiller asks some Bangladeshis to understand why Bangladeshis, one of the poorest nations in the world are also deemed as one of the happiest people on earth. Read their amazing explanations.
Bangladeshi Photographers (BP) group of Flickr organized a photowalk at the ruins of Panamnagar in Sonargaon, the administrative center of eastern Bengal under the Muslim rulers of Bengal which is situated near the capital of Bangladesh, Dhaka. Desherchobi posts photographs and details of the photowalk.
Sirensongs at Feringhee: The India Diaries writes about the Kesaria buddhist stupa, which is being excavated in the countryside of Bihar, India.
Diaspora blogger Uncommon Sense thinks that the powers that be in Cuba have shown their true colours this week by rejecting international calls for the release of political prisoners.