Stories from 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.
Tan Kin Lian believes taxi fares must be regulated and standardised in Singapore
Prachatai uploads an article written by Tippimol Kiatwateerattana who tackles the conditions of female workers in a bra factory in Thailand.
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.
Jamal Laoudi, blogging for Maghreb Voices, tells the tale of a love lost.
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...
Hungarian Spectrum writes about parking in Hungary.
Photos of new Belgrade murals – at Belgraded.
Nova Corja, one of the most popular Brazilian blogs on politics, has folded after 3 lawsuits in 5 years. Bloggers fear it is the nail in the coffin of independent, investigative and challenging blogging.
Egypt's Internet users joined hands to express their outrage at a new law which limits their Internet use. Now the law has been reversed and only new subscribers will be subjected to the threshold, for a two month period while the move is being assessed.
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...
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.
“We need a law which recognises us as Egyptians only, not as Muslims or Christians but as Egyptians only,” writes Wael Nawara [Ar], from Egypt.
Egyptian blogger Zeinobia discusses the Nile basin treaties between Egypt and its African neighbours in this post, which sheds light on the current crisis on the great river.
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...
Alle, at the Maghreb Politics Review, writes: “More gas from Africa (Nigeria, Algeria, Libya, etc) could help in the EU’s gas battles with Russia, for one thing. But, needless to say, there are some complications.”
Saudi blogger Bandar designs beautiful wallpapers. He is also interested in Web2.0 tools and blogs about his reactions to them.
Two years after an earthquake struck Southern Peru, Peruvian bloggers are wondering why reconstruction is taking so long and what happened to all of the donations provided to the affected areas.
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.
Some Iranian bloggers have published a cartoon depicting Iranian opposition leader, Mir Hussein Mousavi as a ‘brutal killer’.
Here is a video film where Bella Ciao, an old anti-fascist resistance song has been added to the Iranian protest movement's photos.