· August, 2008

Stories about Citizen Media from August, 2008

New African Aggregator

  12 August 2008

White African reports that the news aggregation site Alltop has just created an Africa page, Africa.Alltop.com, with the aim of giving African news and bloggers “additional attention outside of the traditional African blog echo chamber”.

Ethiopia: Teddy Afro's lawyer in jail, then released

  12 August 2008

Arefe of Addis Journal reports that the lawyer of popular Ethiopian singer Teddy Afro has been released after spending a few days in jail with his client. The lawyer had been found guilty on charges of contempt of court, adding some more drama to the singer's trial that has captured...

AIDS Conference youth: A force to be reckoned with

  11 August 2008

One of the most active zones at the Global Village in the AIDS conference was certainly the Youth Action Zone, where youth from many different parts of the world got together to talk about their experiences, their hopes, their dreams and how change should come about taking their participation seriously. Their YouTube Channel has a series of videos from the AIDS conference, interviews and commentary about their role in taking control of the AIDS epidemic.

Bosnia & Herzegovina: Lost London Connection

  8 August 2008

Tim Clancy of the blog Pure Intent laments the cancelation of flights between Sarajevo and London. He says: “The city of London has done great things for this country. Although we do not bare the entire blame of this misfortune, we certainly are guilty of having our heads in the...

Peru: Blogging About Food at Home and Abroad

  8 August 2008

Peruvian food has been receiving plenty of attention in the media, and bloggers are writing about their favorite dishes. Alejandro García of Peru Food provides the latest blog roundup about the subject of local cuisine found at home and in the diaspora communities.

Poland: Endless Celebration of History

  7 August 2008

Pawel of Polandian writes about the 1st of August anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising of 1944, including several photos of the remembrance celebrations in a post titled “Poles must stop living in the past”. He writes: “The fact that we decide to focus all our popular celebrations around history means...

Czech Republic: Prague Churches

  7 August 2008

Strog's Prague pictures & opinions diverses [French] has been writing about several churches in Prague, including many pictures. Most recently, he has described in great detail the Gothic church of sv. Václava na Zderaze, the Baroque sv. Jana na Skalce (in French St Jean -de Népomucène- sur le rocher) and...

Balkans: “The banality of journalistic evil”

  6 August 2008

Gray Falcon writes a detailed critique of a recent article by Dan Bilefsky published in the New York Times titled “Hero to Some, Butcher to Others”, about fugitive Ratko Mladić. In it he complains about what he calls “the Good versus evil, black-and-white, typical coverage of Bosnia (and the Balkans...

Croatia: Anniversary of Operation Storm

  5 August 2008

On the 4th of August 1995 the largest European land offensive since World War II started in Central Croatia, in the area of Krajina. Until then Croatian Serbs were the majority population there, but a few days later there were no Serbian families left in this area. For that reason it was called Operation Storm (Operacija Oluja). Bloggers comment on the anniversary.

Latvia: Failed Referendum

  5 August 2008

On the 2nd of August a referendum took place in Latvia, to vote on amendments to the Constitution that would make it possible for the people to initiate the dissolution of the Parliament. In spite of popular support for the process, the referendum had to be declared invalid due to a low turnout. Bloggers reacted to the disappointing results.

Mozambique: 2038?

  2 August 2008

What will Mozambique be like in 30 years? Sociologist Carlos Serra provides nine "Byzantine" scenarios and invites his readers to amend them as they see fit

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