Stories about Ideas from January, 2008
Ever felt like a stranger when you returned home for a short holiday? Palestinian Sugar Cubes describes the feeling in this post.
Bahraini blogger Mahmood Al Yousif sheds light on his social commitments in this post.
Cardoso [pt] is one of the bloggers invited to speak about “The blogs phenomenon – is it time to become media?” on an international summit of digital communication taking place in March in Brazil. He says that this event is important because “blogs are being recognized as “something” (what this...
djoyamado [pt] makes a roundup of Cape Verde blogs, some of them are debating quite hot issues. This is a post preparing to a “virtual” debate on the state of the country's blogosphere.
Tough questions abound in the Democratic Republic of Congo as bloggers discuss, among other issues, the recent peace agreement in eastern Congo.
Rahel, from Israel, brings us the touching tale of a cat which was rescued in this post.
Stunner's Afflictions blogs about the controversial issue of distributing condoms in Jamaican schools.
“I've never felt so utterly hopeless about Guyana as I do today, and it weighs all the heavier in this prolonged season of hopelessness about my own country, my own society”: As news spreads about the horrific massacre in the town of Lusignan, Nicholas Laughlin‘s heart bleeds for Guyana.
“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 also pokes sardonic fun at the fantasy of social and economic progress peddled by the current Trinidad and Tobago government”:...
Global Voices Online kicks off a series of weekly interviews with the bloggers and cyberactivists who amplify the voices of citizen journalists in their countries on this site. Our first interview is with Iraqi Salam Adil, who brings us the heartbreaking stories, joys, observations, tribulations and hopes of Iraqi bloggers.
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 this forum by giving their ideas to make the world a better place and posting it on the YouTube video sharing site.
The "Tunisphere" is a group a passionate Internet users and bloggers even if their number is not as high as in neighbouring countries like Morocco. Naruto introduces us to some of his country's leading bloggers in his first post for Global Voices Online.
Instead of a workshop, a few Brazilian bloggers met in a more relaxed “drinkshop” to talk about the blogosphere, nonsense and have fun. “All, absolutely all informal meetings with bloggers I have attended were excellent”, reports Carlos Cardoso [pt].
“With all the shock-horror at our skyrocketing crime rate, you would never believe that the causes and progress of the country's social breakdown have been fully documented over the past 20-odd years”: Larry Smith at Bahama Pundit recommends a “back to your roots” approach to deal with crime.
Cookie, from Bahrain, describes her neighbourhood in this post. “People park their cars everywhere like they own the street. Women have fights almost every two weeks or less OUTSIDE!” she writes.
If I were superstitious, I would have said that the evil eye has hit the Libyan bloggers. A month before Valentine's Day, a larger than usual number has caught the heartbreak bug, and the bigger than life problems' caravan. It's a bullet train sweeping everything in its path, men and women being equally affected, writes Fozia Mohamed.
From Bahrain, Abdulla Al Mannai opens his heart to his friends and invites them to embark on a new journey with him.
Blogging from Trinidad and Tobago, Ramblings and Reason thinks World Social Forum “enables discussion of critical social issues that impact us”, but The Liming House is not convinced: “Yes, another world is possible, and another T&T is possible. But we have to come better than this.”
Bint Battuta attends Ashoora events in Bahrain, and shares some reading material about the rituals here.
Being taken for a ride? Yael from Israel shares her story with a taxi driver here.
Blogger Sakiyama Nobuo, a social activist who has covered the area of web censorship in Japan for many years, early last week responded to a conversation initiated by fellow blogger Minakata Tsukasa on the topic of the regulation of so-called "harmful" websites. The blog entry provides a useful overview of the current state of legal controls on Internet content in Japan, something which may come in handy in the future.