Thursday, January 25, 2007

Around the Blogosphere 25.Jan.07

Tags: , , , , Tunisia, Middle East & North Africa, Iran, Egypt, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Weblog, Freedom of Speech, Cyber-Activism, Gender, Law, Protest, Religion, Travel, War & Conflict, Politics

Bronx-based video artists Dallas Penn and Rafi Kam are at the Sundance Film Festival, exploring Park City in a daily series of funny shorts called

Richard Handler is a producer with the CBC Radio program Ideas. He’s typed a clever piece entitled ""The joy of half-thinking."

Who but the most scrupulous among us doesn't like the grand, sweeping statement?

Americans are cowboys. Canadians love peace, order and good government. The meek will inherit the earth.

Grand sweeping statements not only swamp op-ed pages and bathe the web. They help start religions and fuel dinner parties - not to mention filling panels on hungry talk shows.
Bambi Francisco blogs about Google moving into Yahoo territory.

The Middle-Eastern answer to the Barbie doll, Fulla, is once again being blogged about. Egyptian weblogger Ahmed Shokeir registers his disgust against Tunisian authorities who aren’t happy with the doll and are conducting a witch hunt and confiscating it from stores.

فـُلـّّة هي دمية عربية نشأت منذ سنوات تحاكي الدمية باربي الشهيرة وطبيعي عندما تظهر دمية عربية أو بمعنى أدق خليجية أن تتشابه مع الشكل والتقاليد العربية وبالتالي ظهرت الدمية بأشكال لطيفة وترتدي بالطبع العباءة هذا الزي الخليجي المتعارف عليه ، وقد حرص المصنعون أن يكون الشكل يحاكي الواقع فظهرت بغطاء الرأس المرافق للعباءة دون نقابولكن تونس وماأدراك ماتونس ، قامت حملة تفتيشية نشطة على كل المحلات وصادرت جميع الأدوات الدراسية التي تحمل صورها بزعم أنها تحمل دعوة للباس الطائفي ، ويعلق أحد الصحفيين أن الشنط المدرسية تحمل صور فلة وبالتالي الخوف على الأطفال الصغار أن يتعرضوا للتحقيق والإستجواب من جراء حملهم للشنط
“Fulla is an Arab doll, developed a few years ago as an adaptation from the famous Barbie doll. It is only natural that she appears Arab or more specifically Gulf Arab, wearing the attire people in this part of the world are used to. Its manufacturers made sure that she wears the head scarf and its accompanying cloak without a veil, which covers the face. But Tunisia and you don’t know what Tunisia is, is conducting a clampdown and confiscating the doll and all other items which have Fulla’s image (such are stationery and school bags) on the grounds that the clothes she is wearing spread sectarianism. One of the journalists wrote that school bags carry Fulla’s pictures and he was worried that young children will be arrested and questioned for carrying the bags.”

Bahrain’s top CID chief Farooq Al Maawda issued a warning against an Asian woman thought to be inflicted with Aids who may have snuck back into the kingdom, according to Mahmood Al Yousif... The beatroot writes about the politics surrounding the case of an African refugee infecting women with HIV: “This time it’s not AIDS and gays, however, it’s AIDS and Africans.”

Kamla Bhatt, a resident of Bangalore, is intrigued by Miami Herald columnist Andres Oppenheimer who calls the Indian tech metropolis a “role model for Latin America.” Boli-Nica, who usually writes in English, this time addressed [ES] his Spanish-speaking readers with a comparison of Oppenheimer’s pro-market stance and Hugo Chavez’s recent rhetoric in favor of nationalization.

Robert Amsterdam scans and posts a 14-page New Yorker article about Russia, currently not available online (”Kremlin, Inc.: Why are Vladimir Putin’s Opponents Dying?“).

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