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Online debate over the decision of Morocco to cut ties with Iran

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Latest update : 2009-03-18

In this edition: the Kuwaiti blogosphere reacts to the possible suspension of Parliament; Morocco’s decision to cut ties with Iran sparks debate online; and see a blogger’s video about the things he hates about Facebook.

KUWAIT GOVERNMENT RESIGNS

 

The Emir of Kuwait, Sheik Al-Sabah, accepted on Monday evening the resignation of the government after members accused Prime Minister Sheik Nasser of mismanagement and misuse of public funds. The local blogosphere reacts.

 

Appointed prime minister in 2006, Sheik Nasser had already offered his resignation four times and twice reshuffled his cabinet. The Kuwaiti blogosphere says it is tired of this and not content on seeing this chronic political instability.

 
 

This blogger is worried that parliament may not be suspended by the emir, adding that this would be a hard blow for Kuwaiti democracy, established as a model in the region.

 
 
 

This solution would please some Kuwaitis. This net user saw a demonstration organized to call for the emir to suspend parliament for two years, as its members are accused of paralyzing political life inf the country.

 
 
 

MOROCCO CUTS TIES WITH IRAN

 

Morocco has recently created committees to fight against all religious activism supported by Iran. A decision that restarts the debate online on the decision of Rabat to break ties with Teheran.

 

For a good number of net users, the criticisms are judged untimely by Iran as Moroccan support for Bahrain would have been only an excuse to start the divorce announced on March 6th this year.

 

http://ibnkafkasobiterdicta.wordpress.com/2009/03/07/le-maroc-rompt-ses-relations-diplomatiques-avec-liran/  

 

This blogger believes that Iranian religious activism in Morocco is an insult to his King. That would explain this sudden cutting of diplomatic ties.

 
 
 

A view shared by this net user. He believes that the increase in daily Shiite practice is a threat to the uniqueness of Moslem worship in a Kingdom with Sunni tradition.

 
 

This does not stop some Moroccan Shiites from also stating their attachment to their homeland and their faith as we see in these photomontages posted on YouTube.

 
 
 

SAVE THE SHARKS

 

In China, environmental activists wanted to gain web support in the protection of sharks, and are surfing on the success of this video. Filmed at Hong-Kong airport, it shows a woman, hysterical having missed her flight. This satirical film shows that some lovers of shark fin can have the same reaction if they see themselves deprived of it. Shark fin is very much appreciated in Asia.

 
 
 

THINGS I HATE ABOUT FACEBOOK

 

According to a recent study, social networks have become even more popular than e-mail. But some aspects of these sites can sometimes irritate net users. This British blogger decided to present his criticism with humour: what he hates most on Facebook are the ways to rate or compare one's friends.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVA047JAQsk

 

Date created : 2009-03-18

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