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11 May 2009

Stories from 11 May 2009

Egypt: No Longer the Admin for the Queen Rania Facebook Fan Page

Egyptian blogger TripleM writes about his efforts to create a fan page for Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, which he can no longer access or manage.  “I was surprised...

Bahrain: MPs Vote for Alcohol Ban

“It's official. Bahrain is regressing – MPs voted for a blanket ban on the sale of alcohol anywhere & everywhere,” writes Sam Mahmood, on Twitter. The motion is yet to...

Bahrain: Activists Blogs and Sites Blocked

Bahraini activist Ghada Jamsheer, who blogs at Bahrain Eve [Ar], links to a statement from the Cairo-based Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), which reports that her blog is...

Bahrain: LGBT Blogs Blocked

From Bahrain, LGBT blogger Shams Alma7aba [Ar] lists a number of LGBT blogs which have been blocked in that country following a recent crackdown on the Internet.

Turkey: Female-designed Mosque Opens

Turkey's first mosque designed by a woman was opened in Istanbul, writes Emre Kızılkaya.

Egypt: New blog for human rights

Ramy Raouf started his new Egyptian blog for human rights (EBFHR) [Ar]. The blog monitors the development of human rights especially in Egypt, as well as the Arab world in...

Brazil: When climate change meets cyber-activism

In another display of global climate change, Brazil has suffered an inversion of its usual weather for this time of the year. The traditionally dry North and Northeast regions of...

Yemen: Touring Seiyoun

Yemeni Omar Barsawad takes us on this photo tour of Seiyoun, the largest urban centre and capital of Wadi Hadhramout. “It's famous for its splendid, intricately built mud bricked houses;...

Iraq: Meeting Sarah Palin

Iraqi Raed Jarrar has concluded a speaking tour in Alaska, where he was welcomed by the “one and only” Sarah Palin. “And yes, her voice is as annoying in person,”...

Sri Lanka: Helping The IDPs

Sarvodaya, the largest and most established NGO in Sri Lanka, has been at the forefront of helping the IDPs in the Sri Lanka's war ravaged north. Learn more about their...

The Gurkhas: Long History Of Discrimination

The Gurkhas, young men from Nepal who serve in the British military, have served the Queen and the United Kingdom for almost two centuries. Unfortunately, the British government has been...

Iran: Roxana Saberi freed

Mohmmad Mostafai, an Iran based lawyer informs[fa] us in his blog that Roxana Saberi, Iranian-American journalist was freed on Monday in Iran.

Global: The polyglot internet and translation exchange

Global Voices has recently been awarded a grant by the Ford Foundation to support our work with Lingua, our translation project, and to research and develop a project to investigate...

Bangladesh: Improving Customer Service

Shehzaad Shams at Bangladesh Corporate Blog points to the lack of culture among Bangladeshi companies for valuing customer feedback and opines that its high time they should “apply Mystery Shopping...

Global Voices is seeking a Project Manager for Translation Exchange

Global Voices is launching a new project! We're seeking a half-time project manager. The project: Global Voices is launching a project to research, design, and build a translation exchange to...

India: Decision Time Approaches

As the results of the Indian elections become due by the end of this week, Sunday Posts reminds that: “the union of India will become a more untenable concept if...

Cuba: Internet Access Restrictions

Generation Y visits a Cuban hotel to determine whether rumours of increased Internet access limitations for locals are true.

Trinidad & Tobago: Integrity Please

As the last remaining members of the Trinidad and Tobago Integrity Commission resign, This Beach Called Life cannot resist posting an imaginary conversation he had with the President, in which...

Cuba: Swine Flu Reporting

Cuban diaspora blogger Uncommon Sense links to a story in which he learns that “the Cuban secret police was a wee bit hypersensitve last week when officers arrested Cuban photojournalist...

Barbados: More on CLICO

“The expected deal between CLICO Holdings Barbados Limited and Insurance Corporation of Barbados Limited seems to have gone off the boil”: Barbados Underground and Barbados Free Press closely follow the...

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