Stories from 11 August 2010
Nagorno Karabakh: Barcamp
517 Design [RU] posts photographs of the journey from Armenia to the breakaway territory of Nagorno Karabakh as well as from its first-ever BarCamp. Situated inside Azerbaijan, but mainly inhabited by ethnic Armenians with no natural resources to speak of, the self-declared republic hopes to attract interest and investment in...
Lebanon: Once Upon a Time in Beirut
“Once Upon a Time in Beirut” is a sarcastic multi-lingual poem with alternating English, French and Arabic (Lebanese colloquial) lines written by Archangelus.
Lebanon: Top Tweet
“Israel should publish a guidebook “How to start a war and blame others 101” #lebanese” was the Darine Sabbagh's comment on the Lebanese border clash of August 3rd and which became a Top Tweet.
Lebanon: Hezbollah, STL and Jumblatt
Friday Lunch Club quotes MP Walid Jumblatt as saying: “Jeffrey Feltman [former US ambassador to Lebanon] informed me, months ago, that the STL [Special Tribunal for Lebanon] was after Hezbollah…” adding that Jumblatt wondered “how can the STL be after justice, when a US official knows of its ‘secret’ decisions...
Lebanon: Unique Summers
“Since the beginning of Summer 2010, the Israeli PR machine didn’t take a summer vacation, in fact they doubled the efforts […] to make sure that Lebanese Tourism, which is the living blood of Lebanon’s growth, doesn’t happen,” writes Lebanese Voices on a series of Israeli incursions and about the August 3rd border...
Jordan: An Ode to the White Plastic Chair
“My dear white plastic chair: without you, the world wouldn’t be the same,” Roba at And Far Away writes an ode to the ubiquitous white plastic chair, complete with photos to illustrate its presence in the world.
Taiwan: Dear Premier Wu, Please Stop Calling People “Idiot”
Enable talks about the recent case[zht] of Premier Wu Den Yih, who was sued by pro-independence group for publicly claiming that “only idiots would support Taiwan independence“. By citing the case of U.S. President Obama, the blog post criticizes Taiwanese politicians, entertainers and TV series for their usual usage of insulting...
Russia: “Watchmen Intro” Parody About Police
Popular Russian political designer and cartoonist Egor Zhgun (aka LJ user zhgun) published [RUS] his parody of “Watchmen Intro” involving sketches of famous misdeeds conducted by the Russian police.
China: Foreigners’ Chinese Tattoos
China Hush translated some Chinese character tattoos and advised that “if you don’t understand Chinese and ever were thinking about getting a tattoo of Chinese characters, the advice is to get a second opinion from your knowledgeable Chinese friend”.
Zimbabwe: Hard questions about xenophobia in Africa
Chris Kabwato of Zimbabwe in Pictures responds to five “hard questions” about xenophobia in Africa. “Every society has to deal with its neighbours…” Kabwato writes. “I am not justifying xenophobia. Just don’t try to make black South Africans feel guilty all the time and not raise legitimate issues around foreigners...
South Korea: Police Raided Google Korea In Street View Probe
South Korean Police raided Google Korea over privacy concerns with Google's Street View Korea Herald reported.