Stories from 12 July 2009
Ecuador is mourning the passing of writer Jorge Enrique Adoum, who Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda once said is "the greatest poet in Latin America." Many seem to agree, as bloggers are paying homage to "Jorgenrique," who helped pen one of the country's cultural anthems, in collaboration with other writers and artists.
Saudi Arabia is warning its citizens to take certain precautions to safeguard their rights while travelling abroad this summer. Saudi Jeans notes: “The guidelines advise Saudis involved in legal cases to only speak in the presence of a lawyer and ensure attendance at court hearings to avoid in absentia rulings....
Dubai's Fake Plastic Souks describes the coverage following the murder of Egyptian Marwa El Sherbiny in a German courthouse as a “mainstream media fail.” “So, once again, we have news that travelled around Twitter, Facebook and blogs, the social media I talk so much about, but that was not considered...
What does Google know about Dubai? Grapeshisha has the story in this post.
Yemeni blogger Omar Barsawad photographs and writes about the intricate windows of Yemen: “I don't know of any where else, where so much care is taken to build such very elaborate, complex windows as in Yemen. Especially around Sana'a,” he notes.
Syrian Raye7 Mish Raj3 (Leaving and not returning) has stumbled across a Facebook account for Syrian President Bashar Al Assad. Although he can't verify its authenticity, he poises a few questions to the President in this post. “I want to ask him at first; how he succeeded to bypass the...
Writing at Mideast Youth, Palestinian blogger Sami, the Bedouin, describes how ‘human rights’ and ‘democracy’ are abused in his country.
Moroccan Laila Lalami writes: “I was somewhat surprised to discover recently that one of the most common search terms that lead readers to this blog is ‘Ahmed Marzouki.’ Marzouki is a former political prisoner who spent 18 years and 3 months of his life in the infamous Tazmamart jail.” The...
Yemeni blogger Omar Barsawad comments on the recent Yemenia plane crash, off the Comoros Islands. “Whenever an airplane crashes, media coverage is instant and nonstop. Governments and elected officials, even though there are many more people dying due to other causes, react immediately to plane crashes – offering condolences and...
Zaytonatona asks, “What's the difference between a blogger, a forum member, and someone on Facebook?” [Ar]
Ruba Anabtawi profiles two famous musicians in Palestinian history, Wasif Jawhariyah and Amin Nasser [Ar].
Polandian writes about a new survey showing that 75% of Poles are opposed to same-sex marriage and 87% are against gay adoption.
Dr. Sean's Diary comments on a Lithuanian legislative bill proposing criminalization of propagating homosexuality and posts a press-release from the Lithuanian Gay League protesting the bill.
Lesley Téllez of the Mija Chronicles takes her readers on a street food tour with photos around her Cuauhtemoc neighborhood of Mexico City.
In Peru, new Incan Road has been discovered by Project Ukhupacha, which has been working near the Machu Picchu location writes Isabel Guerra of Living in Peru.
Vajo is a typical dish from Nicaragua that is cooked through a steaming process, and is wrapped in the leaves of a maguey planet. Los Hijos de Septiembre [es] writes more about the history of this food.
BarCamp Africa has moved to Maneno blogging platform: “We at Maneno are very excited to announce that BarcampAfrica.com has now been moved over to the Maneno platform. With this partnership, Barcamp Africa takes on a new form where the website becomes a hub for all Africa-related BarCamps on the continent...
President Barack Obama made his first visit to Sub-Saharan Africa and delivered a speech in Accra, Ghana on July 11. The speech has drawn reactions from bloggers around Africa and abroad. Here are some discussions in the blogosphere about the message he had for Africa.
Adamu at Mutantfrog liveblogged [en] the election results for Adachi Ward (Tokyo).
Persecuted Church blog reports that World Magazine posted an excellent article on the response of Iranian Christians to the recent electoral unrest in Iran. Accroding to this blog Iranian Christians hesitant to get involved in protests.
Kourosh Alyani has published several photos of the Muslim Uighur minority riots in China. The post's title is ” Yellow Israel or unimportant photos that you may not see”.