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· March, 2008

Stories about Language from March, 2008

Brazil: First blogger celebrates 10 years of Lusosphere

“Ten years ago, exactly on March 31, 1998, I was publishing my first blog, the modest Diário da Megalópole [Megalopolis Diary, pt], which was possibly the first blog ever in...

Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago: Liming

“While the term might have its origins in Trinidad, the pass time (and don't tell me it should be pastime) is truly Caribbean”: Living in Barbados is in the mood...

Jamaica, Cuba: Poetry in Motion

Jamaican Geoffrey Philp blogs about MiPOesias Magazine's newly released issue, which he says “showcases the work of poets of Cuban descent who live in the U.S…no matter the subject, these...

Russia: Russian Reading Challenge 2008

Megan Case reviews novels by Andrei Makine and Olga Grushin for the Russian Reading Challenge 2008 at Ex Libris.

Burkina Faso: Home of black bags, baobabs and cute kids?

This roundup will begin with some old business. From Stephen Davis of Voice in the Desert: His book Sophie and the Albino Camel is up for the Norfolk Shorts shortlist...

Malawi: Blogging about marriage, language, lifestyle and health

The Malawian blogging community is gradually growing in terms of size and topics. In this roundup, I introduce four blogs dedicated to marriage and children issues, Tumbuka language, health and...

March Madness in Kuwait

Just as there is March Madness in the US, the phenomena seems to have spread to Kuwait - not for basketball but elections. Abdullatif Al Omar brings us the Kuwaiti...

Bosnia & Herzegovina: “Graffiti Street”

Bosnia Blog writes about a documentary on the “meeting of [Sarajevo] musicians after a separation caused by war.”

Latvia: Musings on Ethnic Homogeny

Among other things, Marginalia muses on the “basic bonds between peoples and their languages, lands, beliefs, cultures and even cuisines” and how it relates to Latvia.

Sri Lanka: Blogging in Sinhala

ramblinglankan on blogging in Sinhala in Sri Lanka and if it makes sense to do so.

Blogger of the Week: Renata Avila Pinto

A lawyer by profession, Renata Avila Pinto brings us the voices of bloggers from Guatemala on Global Voices Online. Amira Al Hussaini interviews Renata about her voyage with blogging, her...

Kuwait: Copying the West in Everything

Kuwaiti blogger Frankom (Ar) urges his readers to stop copying the West in everything - from reality television shows, to movies and even when speaking to friends.

UAE: Egyptian English

From the UAE, BuJassem shares with us an Egyptian joke.

Jamaica, Haiti: Felix Morisseau-Leroy

“Although the controversy still rages in Jamaica about English vs patwa or ‘nation language'…from as early as 1958, Felix Morisseau-Leroy was writing plays and poems in Kreyol”: Jamaican Geoffrey Philp...

Sri Lanka: Blog Marathon!

The Sinhala Bloggers Union [Sri Lanka] presents the Sinhala Blog Marathon – where participants have to blog every 15 minutes over 24 hours!

Africa: Role of African languages in development

What is the role of African languages in development?: “I've been e-mailing some non-governmental organizations involved in African development about the role of African languages in their work. This is...

Russia: Mari El vs Microsoft

Window on Eurasia writes about one “small Finno-Ugric people”‘s demand that Microsoft add six “additional modified Cyrillic letters their language requires but that are not found in Russian to his...

Russia: Putin on Khodorkovsky's Pardon

Robert Amsterdam writes about various (mis)interpretations of Vladimir Putin's quote on a possible pardon for Mikhail Khodorkovsky – in the Russian press as well as in the Western media –...

Cuba: “My Life” in Hindi?

Child of the Revolution reports that there are plans to translate Fidel Castro's biography into three ancient languages, “with Castro sharing his views and thoughts on issues as diverse as...

Palestine: Arabic Tattoo Craze

Kabobfest‘s Maytha takes a closer look at the tattoos of international celebrities and their growing fascination with having Arabic words painted on their bodies.

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