Friday, September 22, 2006

Pakistan Official Visit: Website Unveiled, Blog Blocking Ignored

With the President and First Lady of Pakistan on an official visit to the US, I would again like to remind Wilmette's readers that the the citizens of Pakistan are blocked from all blogspot and typepad blogs. Nevertheless, the bloggers of Pakistan remain active. At Wikipedia, you can read about their blogs, and about the censorship. Earlier stories on the blog blocking in Pakistan are here: 1, 2, 3.

President Musharraf is giving an interview on 60 minutes on Sunday. In preparation for that, you might be interested in viewing the new Kennedy Center arts website with information on Pakistan, which was unveiled by Mrs. Bush and Mrs. Musharraf yesterday. While the news story about that is here, you might like to go straight to the website , which has a number of short movies about Pakistan, its people, arts, and culture. The website which not only has a great deal of information, is also very well designed. It is well worth a visit, and a bit of your time.


Blogger copy editor said...

This is a very interesting project that these two countries now engage in. I think that an important aspect in resolving East/West tensions will be social projects: Websites and soccer.

Sep 23, 2006, 6:26:00 PM  
Blogger Publia said...

Not so sure about soccer--there was recently a very big flap about a bad call by Darrell Hair an English Ref in Pakistan.

Sep 24, 2006, 12:38:00 AM  
Blogger copy editor said...

You are probably right. Cricket then?

Thanks for your encouragment on my blog, btw.

Sep 25, 2006, 2:24:00 PM  
Blogger Publia said...

That was a cricket match. It almost precipitated an international incident. Well, maybe it was an international incident. Whatever the case may be, we might have to stick to websites!

Your blog is great. Better than Reader's Digest! I mean I just simply don't have time or patience to plow through what you read. I like the fact you do that for the reader! It's a great service

Sep 25, 2006, 2:53:00 PM  
Blogger copy editor said...

Thank you.

Here is a little something from the NYROB:

In their European homes, the second generation often speaks the local language—Dutch, French, English—with their brothers or sisters and the native language—Berber, Arabic, Turkish— with their parents: "50–50," as one Berber-Moroccan Dutchman tells Buruma. Buruma asks which soccer team this man would support. Morocco! Which passport would he rather have? Dutch!

Almost all the young people I met in the riot-prone housing projects around Paris told similar stories of a life between: of idyllic summers spent at their grandparents' farms in Algeria and Tunisia; of divided loyalties, crystallized by the question "Which soccer team do you support?" "Algeria!" those of Algerian descent told me— and a 2001 match between Algeria and France famously degenerated into a nasty riot. But when the Algerian-French Zinedine Zidane led the French team in the World Cup, they supported France.[6] "In Morocco I'm an émigré, in France, I'm an immigré," said Abdelaziz Eljaouhari.

So, we need more Zidanes?

Sep 25, 2006, 6:11:00 PM  

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