TRISTAN WILLENBURG WRITES– Western ideas clash yet again with Middle Eastern realities. Saudi Arabia will no longer issue or renew the visas of Swedish nationals and has withdrawn its ambassador from Stockholm in response to the comments of a senior Swedish official. An arms deal between the two countries has also fallen apart over the…Full Article SAUDI ARABIA: The Saudis Strike Back
KIARA BRAMASCO WRITES – On February 18, the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), an anti-crime and anti-terrorism unit of the Bangladeshi Police force, arrested 21-year-old Rasel Bin Sattar Khan for circulating an audiovisual message online. According to The Hindu, the message is believed to be from al-Qaeda chief Ayman Al-Zawahiri who…Full Article BANGLADESH: From Blog to Arrest
KIARA BRAMASCO WRITES – Rest easy, readers. The Bangladeshi government has been busy clearing the cyberworld of blasphemous content. The Daily Star reports a group of “Muslim Clerics” submitted a list of bloggers they believe are responsible for alleged insults to Islam made online. The list was handed to a…Full Article BANGLADESH: Blasphemy No Longer Allowed
RYAN LIPPERT WRITES- South Korea, China, and Japan are making progress in efforts to create a free trade zone that would potentially tower over the combined European Union and North American economic hulk. Despite successfully setting aside their otherwise tension-ridden relations to start such discussions, any hope of advancement may…Full Article South Korea: Making Nice Via More Trade
Sometimes in Vietnam it pays to keep your mouth (or blog) shut. Last month, a Vietnamese court sentenced three bloggers to between 4 and 12 years in prison for allegedly troubling citizens and trying to overthrow the Communist government. You’d think with debt scandals, a slowing economy and inflation expected…Full Article VIETNAM: If You’re Gonna Blog, Blog Something Nice, Ok?
Nothing says true love more than dedicating a blog to your loved one– at least, that’s what Abil Fikri Ahmad thought (and did) when he created abil4fauziah.blogspot.com. But this isn’t just any ordinary site. This stay-at-home husband created and dedicated his blog for his wife (or dear as he calls…Full Article MALAYSIA: ‘If a True Love’s Blog Can Break the Spell…’
Chinese Netizens understand that its government controls every form of the media. State censorship is the norm, and Chinese people have come to accept that. Even so, Chinese Netizens regard the internet as a better reflection of reality than traditional media. Through their personal blogs, they are able to express…Full Article China Blog Blotter – Issue #3 Freedom of Speech on the Internet