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6 June 2010

Stories from 6 June 2010

Egypt: Protests and Policy Changes After Flotilla Raid

News of the flotilla raid in Gaza has sparked an uprising in Egypt. Thousands of Egyptians protested both Israel's actions and the stance of their own government earlier this week.

Iraq: Who's Going to be the Next Prime Minister?

Although the Iraqi parliamentary elections took place in the 7th of March, the two major blocs according to the poll results, are still not able to agree on a single...

Algeria-Morocco: Online Initiative to Reopen Borders

A group of Moroccan and Algerian citizens have launched an online campaign for the reopening of the borders and rapprochement between their neighboring countries. Relations between Algeria and Morocco have...

USA: American student loses eye in West Bank protest

One of the many protests that erupted after Israel's deadly raid on the Turkish aid convoy ended in tragedy for a 21-year-old American student, Emily Henochowicz, who was protesting in...

Maghreb: Overwhelming Support for Flotilla Activists

The global outcry following the deadly Israeli attack on the Gaza-bound Freedom Flotilla has been reflected on streets across the world and throughout the Internet, on social networks and personal...

Peru: World Record for Planting Trees

Marcamasi [es] reports that in Peru more than 8,000 people managed to plant 27,166 trees in 5 minutes and 20 seconds, achieving a new Guinness record. This also marks the...

Palestine: “I am afraid of the sea”

In reaction to the raid on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla on May 31, Gaza blogger Kawther Abu Hani has written a poetic post from the perspective of a child, entitled...

Japan: The PM has resigned, long live the PM!

Japan is set to have yet another new prime minister, the fifth in as many years. With the resignation of former-PM Yukio Hatoyama and Naoto Kan named his replacement, the...

Tunisia: 33 Sarastic Tweets on the #Flotilla Attack

Tunisian blogger Sami ben Gharbia shares what he describes as the “33 most sarcastic tweets about the #flotilla” attack by Israel on a Gaza-bound ship.

Poland: Approaching presidential elections

Polandian sums up the candidates for the June 20 Polish presidential elections with a twist on the country's election system.

Bangladesh: Desiring a Shantiniketan

Can Bangladesh copy the vision of the great poet Rabindranath Tagore and set up a Shantiniketan in the country? Badrud Doza, on his blog An Ordinary Citizen, writes that instead...

China: A traffic incident sparks fury against Japanese

The following post is making rounds in many Chinese forums and blogs. It concerns an accident between a Chinese couple and two Japanese in Beijing two weeks ago.

Israel: IDF Poetry Slam Between Druze, Bedouin Soldiers

Picture this: Druze and Bedouin Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers sitting in a room singing call and response poetry to each other in the ancient Arabic style of Zajal. The...

Israel: Demonstrations Outside Prison Where Flotilla Passengers Held

Joseph Dana posts a video of demonstrators waving Turkish and Palestinian flags in front of the prison in Beer-Sheva, Israel, where the passengers of the flotilla were being housed until...

Israel: Protests and Counter-Protests in Flotilla's Wake

Alison Avigayil Ramer provides a detailed report on her blog, Your Virtual Community Organizer, of “Demonstrations for and against Israel, the IDF and Turkey in Tel Aviv [Israel] following Flotilla...

Israel/Turkey: Battle of the Bucks

Michael Horesh of Afternoon Tea in Jerusalem reflects on the economic war looming between Turkey and Israel: “Who will suffer in the end? Just the average citizen, on either side,...

India: An introduction to Indian Classical Music

Interested in learning about Indian Classical Music? Blogger Uttara on her blog Likhati has a series of posts offering detailed introduction to the same.

India: When a friend ‘comes out’

How does one handle the moment when a friend reveals that he/ she is gay? IdeaSmith at Desicritics shares some stories on handling such ‘coming out’ moments.

Saudi Arabia: Top 10 Most Beautiful Saudis

Saudiwoman’s Weblog published a list of the top 10 most beautiful intellectual Saudis.

Worldwide: Demonstrations for Palestine

Roba from Jordan published pictures from different demonstrations world wide against Israel's last attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, in Holland, Greece, Egypt, United Kingdom, Lebanon, Pakistan, Malaysia, Sweden, France,...

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