Stories from 6 September 2009
Filip Stojanovski reports on bloggers' reactions to the tragic boat accident on Lake Ohrid, which took place on Saturday, claiming the lives of 15 persons.
From Morocco, Maryam holds her own fashion show at My Marrakesh. Click on the link to get a sneak preview.
Marcy Newman announces on her blog Body on the Line: “my dear friend rami and i have started a new blog to catalog the ongoing nakbas (catastrophes) that happen every day in palestine, lebanon, syria as the result of a zionist land grab.”
From Morocco, Maryam, of My Marrakesh, meets Syrian calligrapher Khaed Al Saai at “a secret place where artists and writers gather.”
From the UAE, Al Mobde3 Al Arabi (The Arab Innovator) [ar] shares his thoughts on Japan in this post.
Egyptian Chronicles discusses the current standoff between Syria and Iraq: “As Arabs we know that for time to time the Syrian-Iraqi relations go from bad to worse.”
Lebanese blogger Rami Zurayk pays tribute to a new song by Touffar – his favourite Arab rap band.
Sixty days after video bloggers Adnan Hajizade and Emin Milli were arrested, and following the start of their trial last week, friends and supporters of the detained youth activists reflect on the case online.
Syrian Qunfuz reflects on former Iraqi minister Ali A Allawi's book entitled: “The Crisis of Islamic Civilization.”
On the 10th anniversary of “Black September”, while Timorese people still mourn the violent crimes against humanity committed by pro-Indonesian militias, the Timorese leadership takes a controversial decision not to seek justice.
According to Xavier Flores, only one newspaper in Ecuador employs an ombudsperson [es] to provide this service to the readers, which according to him, is especially needed in the country.
Fresh protests broke out in Xinjiang this week following news that Uighurs had been attacking people with syringe needles. Is this terrorism? Why resort to a tactic like this? Just some of the questions being asked of the autonomous region, still disconnected from the Internet after two months.
Boukary Konaté teaches French and English in a high school in Mali. Joining Global Voices in French has steered him onto a new path: he is now involved in Web projects to promote his native language, Bambara, and train rural communities in Mali to use the internet.
Typhoon Morakot hit Taiwan Aug. 7-9, triggering the worst flooding in 50 years in southern Taiwan and leading to landslides that buried remote mountainous villages and tribal settlements. In order to speed up the post-disaster reconstruction, the Legislative Yuan passed an urgent special statute to raise a special budget on...