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· January, 2008

Stories from Quick Reads from January, 2008

Brazil: The first ever local cyberculture festival

Sérgio Amadeu [pt] on Guarulhos first ever digital festival. “With more than 500 papers published in a collaborative portal, developed entirely using open software, Guarulhos 2.Zero will give its awards...

Nepal: Supporting Obama

United We Blog! from Nepal voicing support for Obama in the presidential elections.

Barbados: Bring on the ferries

Barbadian Notes from the Margin argues for an inter-island Caribbean ferry service. “Moving people and goods from island to island is hugely difficult….”

Anguilla, China: Illegal foreign labour?

Are Anguillan building contractors using cheap and illegal Chinese labour? Corruption-Free Anguilla is concerned.

Trinidad and Tobago: Water woes

If Trinidad and Tobago is so good at pumping oil out of the ground, OpenDepth asks, why are water mains so often dry?

Georgia: Political Alternatives

TOL Georgia reports that while there are many things wrong in the country, the situation just can't be compared to that which it found itself in before the November 2003...

Kazakhstan: Mobile Video Festival

Zhanna Zhukova reports that the first festival of short films, shot by cameras installed in the cellphones, was held in Almaty, Kazakhstan, January 26.

Kyrgyzstan: First MacCenter in Central Asia Opens

Akbalta informs readers that the first Apple's MacCentre in Central Asia is going to be opened in Bishkek, the capital city of Kyrgyzstan, in February this year.

Afghanistan: Reports Call for New Strategies

Barnett R. Rubin reports that several groups of the U.S. foreign policy establishment have released reports calling for major changes in strategy on Afghanistan.

Armenia: Early Release

Nazarian points his readers in the direction of a post in Russian alleging that the notorious son of Gyumri's Mayor has been released from prison in the weeks preceding the...

Pakistan: Lahore in 1947

Lahore Nama gives us a glimpse of the violence in 1947 – when the subcontinent was partitioned.

Bangladesh: Islamic banking and jargon

a bengali in TO is rather annoyed with all the jargon that accompanies Islamic banking, and puts forward a list of questions on interest, incentive and money.

Jamaica: “Heartbreaking” deterioration

Montego Bay Day By Day posts “heartbreaking” photos of a deteriorating historic building in Falmouth, Jamaica.

Trinidad and Tobago: “Not playing mas”

Trinidad's Coffeewallah explains why she will not be participating in this year's Carnival masquerade.

Guyana: World ignores Lusignan?

Caribbean Lionesse asks: Why has the international media ignored the recent Lusignan massacre in Guyana? “Are 11 brown and black lives worth such scant attention?”

Kazakhstan: A Shadow Billionaire Spotlighted by Forbes

Lena B-Va cites the newly released Forbes report on the billionaires “you’ve never heard of” – including a Kazakhstani citizen.

Kyrgyzstan: Human rights situation deteriorating

Asel writes that human rights activists are voicing concerns over the increased number of ungrounded arrests in Kyrgyztsan.

Afghanistan: Journalist in Danger

Nasim Fekratْ urges action on the death threats that are addressed to Basir Ahang, 27, an independent journalist who was directly involved in the release of Gabriele Torsello, the Italian...

Bolivia: Place to Study in El Alto

Marisol Medina of Lengua, Cultura y Sociedad [es] celebrates that many more people, especially indigenous women who still dress in traditional clothing, can now have a place to study at...

Armenia: Pondering Scenarios

Unzipped says he believes one scenerio ahead of the 19 February presidential election is that Orinats Yerkir's Artur Baghdasarian will pull out of the race and support another opposition candidate...

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