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· January, 2008

Stories about Arts & Culture from January, 2008

Kazakhstan: Movie Bids for Oscar

Adam Kesher reports that for the first time in history there is a Kazakh movie shortlisted for Oscar Award.

D.R. of Congo: tough questions abound

Tough questions abound in the Democratic Republic of Congo as bloggers discuss, among other issues, the recent peace agreement in eastern Congo.

Panama: 2008 Jazz Festival

Tatiana gives her review on the 2008 version of the Panama Jazz Festival [es] and notes that this year the festival featured delicious food booths.

Russia: Vladimir Vysotsky

Leopolis posts a YouTube video of Vladimir Vysotsky and links to his songs’ translations.

Morocco: The Big Cities

Morocco is well-known for lots of things: mint tea, couscous, a film mostly unrelated to the country...And of course, its big cities, several of which were the topic of posts...

Qatar: Strange Lights Over Doha

Qatar's bloggers are looking at the night's skies trying to understand what the strange bouncing lights a blogger captured with her camera phone are all about. Is it a UFO,...

Bangladesh: Cinema, politics, health, photography and history

Cinema: The Bangladeshi film industry nicknamed Dhallywood used to produce decent films for the Bangladeshi society. But with the competition of superior quality pictures from Hollywood and Bollywood, which conquered...

Belize: Palacio Laid to Rest

Belizean was there when musical icon Andy Palacio was laid to rest.

Trinidad & Tobago: “La Fantasie” & Reality

“For most Trinidadians, giving the name ‘La Fantasie’ to a house is a bitter joke, rousing memories of the hundreds of millions spent to construct the new prime ministerial palace…it...

Afghanistan: Balkhi Returns To Balkh

Mohammad Fahim reports on the ceremony of 800th Anniversary of Maulana Jalaluddin Mohammad Balkhi, the Afghanistan's philosopher and mystical poet known as Rumi in west.

Francophone Morocco Roundup: Algeria's response to the UN, anti-French sentiment and more

This week in the Moroccan blogosphere, Algeria fails in its duties, anti-French sentiment still strong in Morocco, DJ Awards and rose petals galore.

Azerbaijan: Ethnic Novelist

Window on Eurasia says that a book by ethnic Azerbaijani author Eduard Bagirov is causing a stir as a best seller throughout the Russian Federation. In particular, notes the blog,...

Brazil: Countdown to Carnival

There is a popular belief that in Brazil the year only starts after Carnival. Be this an exaggeration or not, there is not much else being talked about on the...

Davos: peeking in and participating through videos

The World Economic Forum´s annual meeting of political and business leaders is taking place between January 23rd and January 27th in Davos, Switzerland. This year, common people can participate in...

Trinidad & Tobago: Fancy Sailors

“Every year it seems, the few individuals who have kept the traditions of Old Mas alive are becoming less visible”: Thebookmann features Trinidad and Tobago Carnival's Fancy Sailors.

Trinidad & Tobago: The Bottom Line

“Trinidad is no longer the Land of the Hummingbird but the Land of the Cash Cow…in the new Trinidad Carnival, the only thing that need be considered is not the...

Russia: Vladimir Vysotsky

Sean's Russia Blog writes on what would have been Vladimir Vysotsky's 70th birthday. Windows to Russia! provides links to translations of Vysotsky's songs. YouTube user filatovv posts a special anniversary...

Russia: Ukok Princess

De Rebus Antiquis Et Novis writes about plans to re-bury the mummy of a Scythian princess in the capital of Russia's Altai Republic.

Kuwait: Get Children off the Streets

Fonzy from Kuwait calls upon parents to get children off the streets – where accidents are waiting to happen.

Lebanese Contestant in Italy's Big Brother

Beirut-born Ali Ayach, 28, is one of the nineteen contestants in the eighth edition of Grande Fratello, Italy's version of Big Brother, reports Lebanese blogger Skylark.

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