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16 February 2009

Stories from 16 February 2009

Thailand: International schools

Follow that elephant writes about the international school system in Thailand, including how it operates and recruitment of teachers.

Thailand: Scholar charged with Lese Majeste

Accused of violating Thailand's lese-majeste law, Bangkok-based professor Giles Ji Ungpakorn fled to the United Kingdom to avoid prosecution. FACT writes that “Thailand seems intent on sending its best and...

Iran: Bloggers Remember 30th Anniversary of the Revolution

Thousands of Iranians celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Iranian Revolution on February 10, by rallying in Tehran and other major cities in Iran. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, delivered...

Arab World: Gasping for Air!

A massive dust storm engulfed the entire Arabian peninsula, leaving the people of Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Iraq and the United Arab Emirates, gasping for air. Here are some...

Ukraine: The Plight of Irina Gavrisheva

Jeff Mowatt draws attention to the plight of wheelchair-bound Irina Gavrisheva, who “writes and publishes website appeals and articles about helping sick children of Zaporozhye, on behalf of the Happy...

Jamaica: Explicit music banned

The long-standing controversy over the appropriateness of certain music for public airplay has once again reared its head in Jamaica. Bloggers make their voices heard.

Global: Appointment of Saudi Arabia's First Female Deputy Minister Makes Waves

As millions of women the world over marked Valentine’s Day with gifts from their loved ones, one woman - in a country that has banned the holiday and labels it...

Egypt: Saddam's Nephew Blogging

Egyptian Chronicles points out that former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein's nephew has a blog – Crime is a human instinct.

Iraqi bloggers meet

Iraqi blogger Attawie describes meeting up with other Iraqi bloggers in Amman, Jordan, in this post.

Iraq: 25 Random Things

Ceasar of Pentra, from Iraq, shares 25 random things about himself in this post.

Egypt: Kareem writes from prison

Free Kareem, a blog set up to rally support for jailed Egyptian blogger Kareem Nabil Sulieman, posts excerpts from Kareem's latest letter from prison, sent to Egyptian blogger Wa7da Masrya.

Egypt: Pharmacies on strike

Egyptian Moftasa reports on Twitter that he saw five pharmacies closed on his way to work because of a strike.

Zimbabwe: Why Arrest Roy Bennett?

“Why arrest Roy Bennett?,” reads the headline at My Heart's in Accra about the MDC Treasurer General and Deputy Minister of Agriculture designate, Roy Bennett, who was arrested Friday in...

Jordan: Bloggers Reflect on Valentine's Day

Bloggers' reflections on Valentine's day in Jordan varied between wishes for a happy day, and raising important issues about the holiday. Here is what some of them had to say....

Syria: Wikipedia in Arabic Unblocked

@nas from Syria reports that Wikipedia in Arabic was recently unblocked and wishes the this step expands to include other sites such as Amazon, Youtube, and Facebook.

Cuba: Interview with Blogger Reinaldo Escobar

Cuban blogger Reinaldo Escobar is one of the few bloggers that has worked professionally as a journalist with official Cuban media. Now he is an independent journalist and runs the...

Mexico: Breaking the Kissing Record

Nearly 40,000 Mexicans broke the Guinness World Record for the most people kissing at the same time writes Jessica Uribe of Vivir México [es]. They assembled in Mexico City's zocalo...

El Salvador: A New Archbishop in San Salvador

The new Archbishop José Luís Escobar Alas recently took possession of his archdiocese of the capital city of El Salvador writes Carlos X. Colorado in a guest blog post at...

Paraguay: Visit to Planetarium in Sajonia

Mirtha González of Cuerpo y Alma [es] recommends readers to visit the planetarium in the Sajonia area of Asunción, Paraguay. As a trip with her son, she listened to an...

Honduras: The Tourist Destination of La Esperanza in Intibucá

The town of La Esperanza in the department of Intibucá, Honduras is an excellent tourist destination [es] according to Hugo Chinchilla. In addition to colonial architecture, it also attracts many...

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