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16 August 2009

Stories from 16 August 2009

Terrorism crackdown in Indonesia

  16 August 2009

Last week media reported a shootout between the police and the group of Indonesia's most wanted terrorist, Noordin Mohammed Top. Indonesian netizens react to this issue.

Thailand: Life of bra workers

  16 August 2009

Prachatai uploads an article written by Tippimol Kiatwateerattana who tackles the conditions of female workers in a bra factory in Thailand.

Philippines: Inspired by Cory

  16 August 2009

mojojho, a Filipino living in Bangkok, went to the Philippine embassy to register as an overseas absentee voter. She was inspired to register when she learned that democracy icon and former President Cory Aquino died two weeks ago.

Russia: Two Jets Collide at Air Show

  16 August 2009

Two Russian Su-27 fighters collided Sunday near Zhukovsky airfield during a rehearsal for the MAKS-2009 air show, killing Col. Igor Tkachenko, the commander of the Russian Knights flying group, and crashing into summer houses. LJ users pompeya, kpoxaxa, and mfirishka have posted a few photos (RUS) from the site of...

Israel: Double Standards?

From Israel, Orly comments on media and online reactions to the bombing of a mosque and the killing of an Al Qaeda-inspired Islamic extremist group in Gaza over the weekend. “I can’t help but shake my head and ask, do these people have amnesia? In December Israel used the same...

Egypt: Blindfolding Lesson

Egyptian Moftasa discusses the impact of blindfolding when used for torture, noting the impact on the perpetrator. “We have to learn from both parties, if we want to understand its results more and perhaps stop people from inflicting it,” he adds.

Morocco: New US Ambassador

Ibn Kafka writes about the newly appointed US Ambassador to Morocco – Samuel Kaplan and the remarks he made before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “I doubt however that Kaplan, well past retirement age (he’s 73) and who isn’t presented as mastering either Arabic or French, will play much of...

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Pakistan: Independence Day Celebrations

  16 August 2009

This year, Pakistani bloggers had launched their special campaigns to celebrate the 62nd Independence Day of Pakistan on the 14th of August. Using blog posts and Twitter messages they reflect their thoughts on this special day.

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