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22 April 2009

Stories from 22 April 2009

Sri Lanka: Internet Strengthens Democracy

ICT for Peacebuilding (ICT4Peace) comments: “the Internet and web can and will be used for democracy and human progress and that more, not less, information in the hands of citizens...

Pakistan: Why Talibans are Getting Support in Swat?

Pakistani blogger Ambreen Kazmi at Chowrangi blog answers the question “Why people of Swat support Taliban”?

Egypt/Morocco: New Technical blogs in Arabic

Recently the Arab blogsphere witnessed the launch of two unique Arabic blogs – One by Moroccan blogger Mohamed S. Hjiouij, which focuses on professional blogging; and Techno-Media by Egyptian blogger...

Egypt: “I heart Egypt”

Despite Jordanian blogger The Observer description of how he believes Egypt has become cruel to its citizens – after he went for a quick visit to Alexandria, Egyptian blogger fattractive...

Egypt: Bringing authors and bloggers together

“If you would have known that I would be reading your review, would you have written it differently?” Mahmoud Osman, author of Thawret 2053 Elbedaya, asked Egyptian blogger Gjoez after...

India: Election Cartoons

Election Cartoons 2009 is a blog by Kerala Cartoon Academy which posts published and unpublished cartoons on the ongoing elections in India.

MENA: Reflections on Durban II

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's speech, and the way European Union representatives reacted to it at the United Nations Conference on Racism in Geneva (Durban II), has stirred debates among bloggers...

India: More Slumdog Millionaire Drama

Runa at Über Desi reports about the dramatic events in the life of Rubina, one of the main child stars (who originates from a Mumbai slum) from the Oscar winning...

Bangladesh: To Protect Nesting Sparrows

Bangladeshi blogger Shahnaz, who blogs at Dhaka Dweller, shares a tragic story and suggests: “if you have nesting sparrows in your home, please protect them while they are raising their...

Brazil: Judicial decisions, a growing threat to online freedom

When it comes to freedom on the Internet, Brazil is a free country according to recent report. However, bloggers face a growing threat from judicial decisions leading to content censorship...

Morocco: Faces from Yemen

Morocco-based blogger Maryam, of My Marrakesh, visits Yemen and posts pictures of people she met there in this post.

Egypt: Excuse for Syrian ban of Facebook “Stupid”

Egyptian blogger Zeinobia is not convinced with a Syrian Minister's excuse for the banning of Facebook – that it was banned to protect Syrians. She writes: “I do not know...

Morocco: Media on Trial

‘The Committee to Protect Journalists is reporting that Ali Anouzla and Jamal Boudouma, managing editor and publishing director of the Moroccan newspaper Al-Jarida Al-Oula, have received suspended jail sentences and...

UAE: Why are Iraqi Gays being Killed?

Arab Lady, who blogs from the UAE, is angered with stories coming out of Iraq on the torture and murder of gays. “I’m not here to defend gays but I’m...

Kuwait: The Fanatics of this World

Kwtia, from Kuwait, lashes out at fanatics in this post: “Fear, paranoia and sexual obsessions are unfortunately the calling cards of these fanatics who want the world in little tiny...

Saudi Arabia: Temporary Marriages or Prostitution?

“Saudi's temporary marriages are prostitution,” charges American blogger Sand Gets in my Eyes, who lives in Saudi Arabia. Click the above link, for more on the debate.

Bahrain: Submissions for Bitfilm Open

Mideast Youth has been named a partner in the Bitfilm Festival for Digital Film and New Media, which will be Hamburg and Tel Aviv, writes the site's Bahraini founder Esra'a....

Saudi Arabia: First Women-only Fashion Show Held

Writing at Mideast Youth, Ahmad Ghashmary reports on Saudi Arabia's first fashion show, which was held for women only – and where cameras were not allowed.

Liberia: 5th person takes US$10,000

2tango writes about 10 thousand dollar walk in Liberia: Like many Liberians, making ends meet daily is like moon walking with out the popper equipment, but for some, the GSM...

Liberia: What is the truth about arms discovery?

Natlyn discusses the “arms discovery” saga in Liberia: What seems to be a very serious lack of coordination among government ministries continues to hang dark cloud rather than clarity over...

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