Stories from 17 June 2009
Egyptian Leftist [Ar] introduces us to two of his friends, who live in Jerusalem.
Paraglider, at the UAE Community Blog, reports: “The Qatar Tourism and Exhibition Authority and Ministry of the Interior (!) requires that access to any bar shall be on production of a valid ID or Passport. Originals only, no copies. But it is not enough just to flash the card. The...
Writing at the Maghreb Politics Review, Alle updates us on the results of the Moroccan local council elections.
Collective blog The View from Fez reports on the dramatic decrease in the number of movie theatres in Morocco and their shrinking audiences. “In a country of more than 30 million people, there are currently only 50 cinemas, down from 70 just last year. They were 250 in 1995,” notes...
LimbicNutrition Weblog writes about violence against Romanian immigrants in Belfast.
Doodh Patti notices that “over the past few years, Chinese and Japanese characters have increasingly appeared on Pakistani public transport as decorations.”
Dorji Wangchuk is amazed by the hospitality of the people from the rural areas of Bhutan and proposes that the urban Bhutanese should find some ways to reciprocate that gesture by helping the rural people.
IranRiggedelect twittered that BBC reported that ‘six members of the Iranian football team have used a televised match to protest about the presidential election result. They were wearing green wristbands, thought to be a symbol of their support for the opposition candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi’.
As protests grow in Iran against the June 12 presidential election results that declare Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the winner, some Islamist bloggers explain why they believe his opponent Mir Hussein Mousavi lost. While international media is awash with news about how Mousavi supporters are using the internet to make their views known, several bloggers are using the same tools to make a case against the opposition candidate.
A curious collection of chairs, posters, and lamps called 300% Spanish Design, is currently on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design in San José, Costa Rica.. The 300 pieces of Spanish artwork from some of the biggest names in Spanish art and design, such as Picasso, Gaudí, and Dalí, have caught the attention of Costa Rican bloggers, who are eager to see this traveling exhibit.
As Bermudians continue to react - unfavourably for the most part - to their government's acceptance of former Guantanamo Bay detainees as full citizens of the tiny island, bloggers comment on yesterday's protest and what the public outcry could mean for the nation's Premier.
The Taiwan Link looks at China's Anti-ship Ballistic Missiles and the threat they pose to Taiwan. The Far-Eastern Sweet Potato looks at the missiles and China's second-generation nuclear-powered submarines. Both consider that the weapons systems pose threats to targets beyond Taiwan.
Chowrangi blog calls for coordination and collaboration between volunteers engaged in the relief works for the IDPs of Swat and Malakand in Pakistan.
Following allegations of corruption in the Turks and Caicos, Repeating Islands reports that ”the court of appeal in London is considering a last minute application from the former prime minister of Turks and Caicos…to stop the imposition of direct rule by Britain.”
Repeating Islands highlights the wonderfully creative animation by Trinidadian artist Wendell Mc Shine, which he produced for a new music video.
I love life… so I explore thinks that “mob justice may not be correct or fair, but it is effective and efficient”, especially in the context of corruption in the judiciary and police forces of India.
As a legal ruling causes construction on the proposed Alutrint aluminium smelter to come to a halt, This Beach Called Life comments: “This case is destined to go to the Privy Council and if the EMA (Government) should lose then the reputation of the EMA would be damaged beyond repair...
Signifyin’ Guyana republishes an interesting Twitter conversation with fellow bloggers about domestic violence.
According to Guardian, Iran's Revolutionary Guard said through the state news service that Iranian websites and bloggers must remove any materials that “create tension”, or else they would face legal action.
Somayeh Tohidloo, a female reformist blogger was arrested. As protest against Iranian presidential election grows, Iranian authorities arrested several political activists. recently she and a couple of bloggers organized an internet interview with former president,Mohammad Khatami.
Bahraini blogger Cradle of Humanity, who has spent time studying both in the UK and the US, has come to a conclusion that surprises her: “I think I came to Cleveland expecting to find Cardiff, and that’s why I was shocked…What’s amazing is that Cleveland has more in common with...