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· May, 2008

Stories about Weblog from May, 2008

31 May 2008

Brazil: Visible and Invisible Indians and Scoops

Brazilian Indians were in the spotlight of world media this week. From the images of an uncontacted tribe in the Amazon, to the enraged protest caught on camera against the...

Plastic bag plan takes effect in China

Starting June 1, the Chinese government's country-wide plan to make shoppers pay small fees for plastic bags, and to forbid the production of ultra-thin bags will take effect. The move...

South Africa: Bloggers need to do more than just write

A few South African bloggers are thinking about positive steps to take with regard to the current xenophobia crisis in South Africa. Stii asks, “What can we as bloggers do...

Burkina Faso: Level four culture shock

In The United Kingdom a bit more than a week ago, the Office of National Statistics reported that in the past ten years, nearly two million Britons have moved abroad,...

Ukraine, Russia: Personae Non Gratae

On May 12, Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov was declared persona non grata in Ukraine, following his calls for Russia to take ownership of Sevastopol, a Ukrainian Black Sea naval port....

Cambodia: Freedom of Flying

Educated in France to be an engineer, Santel Phin spent two years in Paris, one of the most romantic cities in the world. In Cambodia, the 31 year-old Santel presently...

Lebanon: The Doha Agreement

Lebanese political leaders who met in Doha under the patronage of the Emir of Qatar Shaikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani reached an agreement last week. The full text of...

30 May 2008

Colombia: FARC Leader “Sureshot” is Confirmed Dead

After countless false claims of the death of the FARC's top leader Manuel Marulanda Vélez aka "Sureshot," the Colombian government confirmed that he passed away in March of natural causes....

Kazakhstan: Politics and Tractors

These weeks the bloggers have been chewing upon traditionally prominent topics on the Kazakhstani blogosphere — politics and economy. Megakhuimyak says [ru] – “without aspiration to make a global-scale conclusion”...

Japan: Grumpy Jiisan on Nico Nico Douga

The latest hit at Nico Nico Douga, Japan's popular video sharing service, is a retired man from Arizona calling himself “Grumpy Jiisan” [Grumpy Old Man], who shoots videos in which...

Bangladesh: Compromised Media

Ever since Bangladesh was put under a state of emergency by an interim government supported by the military it was a testing time for Bangladesh media. The credibility of Bangladesh’s...

China: After the quake, hoping for aid

From inside and outside China, concerned citizens are helping, and putting their hands out to help the victims of the devastating 7.9 in the Richter scale earthquake that leveled out...

Guatemala: Animal Del Monte Festival in Xela

Quetzaltenango or "Xela" was the site of an international poetry festival called Animal del Monte, which brought 40 poets from around Latin America. A big part of the festival was...

29 May 2008

From the Diary of a Sinister Egyptian Spinster

Egyptian women have their own set of challenges, ranging from the right to marry themselves off to inequality in marriage and divorce rights. Marwa Rakha sheds light on the thoughts...

Uzbekistan: Tashkent blogged

It is very interesting to notice that during the recent days the Uzbek blogosphere was mainly discussing Tashkent, the capital city of Uzbekistan. Today, Tashkent is at a stand of...

Nicaragua: A Closer Look at a Government Program for Microloans

The governmental program called Usura Cero provides low interest rate loans to Nicaraguan women for their micro-businesses. It was recently featured on an investigative news program and a local blogger...

28 May 2008

Bahrain: When sect determines your spouse

Coolred38 is an American Muslim living in Bahrain, and she often finds herself frustrated at examples of what she sees as bad and even harmful behaviour being justified by religion....

China: Chinese Red Cross on corruption watch

Technology for Transparency Network

Bloggers continue to monitor earthquake corruption, as they wait for the truth to come out as to why so many school buildings collapsed so easily in this month's massive earthquake....

Korea: Grand Canal Confession

The Grand Canal plan, which the new Korean president dreamed of for a long time even before the election, seems to face another problem since the plan brought out so...

Colombia: FARC Laptops Reveal Ties to Politicians and Foreign Governments

The laptops found in the FARC guerrilla camps were sent to Interpol for independent analysis. The findings, which were leaked to the press, reveal some disturbing ties to foreign governments...

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