· December, 2007

Stories about U.S.A. from December, 2007

Caucasus: 2007 Blog Review

  31 December 2007

With 2008 less than a day away at time of writing, it seems only appropriate to take a look back at the blogging highlights in the Caucasus for 2007. Certainly, although blogging is still largely underdeveloped, the year has seen some major highlights, especially with regards to stories that also...

Armenia: Come on-a My House for New Year

  27 December 2007

Armenian Food reminds its readers of the 1951 hit by Rosemary Clooney, aunt of actor George Clooney, Come On-a My House. Written by two ethnic Armenians, one of which was American-Armenian writer William Saroyan, the blog says the song typifies the lavish tables that will be center stage for Armenian...

Antigua, U.S.A.: Copyright Rights

  24 December 2007

Both Talk Antigua and Caribbean Free Radio blog about Antigua being awarded the right to violate copyright protections on goods like films and music from the United States.

Russia: Time Magazine's “Successful Ploy”

  21 December 2007

Perspectives on the New Russia writes that Time Magazine's decision to name Vladimir Putin its Person of the Year is “a successful ploy serving the interests of both political and media elites on both side of the Russia-US divide. Whether it serves the interests of the Russian people or the...

Brazil: We will write in Portuguese indeed

  20 December 2007

Felipe Lobo [pt] analyses the many reactions brought by a post published in Portuguese at the American site propeller, among which comments like “Our national language is English! If you want to post something, do so in English”. The Brazilian blogger believes they will carry on speaking in Portuguese and...

Czech Republic: Jan Švejnar

  19 December 2007

Czech president is due to be elected Feb. 8 by a joint session of both chambers of the parliament, and Dr Sean's Diary writes about a likely contender for the post: Jan Švejnar, who “emigrated to the US in 1970 (where, as a dual-national, he is still based) taking a...

Cuba: No Cricket

  19 December 2007

Child of the Revolution finds something “not quite right” about the Cuban cricket team not making its international debut at the Stanford 20/20 tournament “because of the US commercial and trade embargo on the Castro regime.”

Egypt: On the US Presidential Race

  18 December 2007

“The American presidential race for year 2008 is like no other seriously , till now each of the two parties has not chosen yet its final candidates so we are watching a huge war between all of them,” writes Egyptian blogger Zeinobia, who gives us her analysis of the presidential...

Peru: Gratitude for Free Trade Agreement

  17 December 2007

Peru's Congress recently approved the Free-Trade Agreement with the United States. Juan Sheput of Mate Pastor [es] writes about a personal handwritten note from George W. Bush sent to former Peruvian president Alejandro Toledo thanking him for his previous work in making the agreement happen.

WeMedia: A chance to tell them what you think

  14 December 2007

What would you tell 300 of the world's leading digital industry people? The next WeMedia Conference will be in Miami (February 2008), and the organizers (iFocos) are offering fellowships that cover registration fees and travel from any country to a few lucky bloggers, academics, or activists who are using technology to make the world a better place.

Azerbaijan: Media Freedom

  13 December 2007

Leigh's new adventures in Azerbaijan says that the authorities in Baku reacted quickly in releasing an imprisoned Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty journalist after comments from the U.S. Ambassador on media freedom in the country.

Mexico: Immigration and Binational Relations

  12 December 2007

Immigration, Education and Globalization: US-MX is blog written by a post-graduate class at the University of Guanajuato, Mexico, whose goal “is to address immigration, education, human rights and binational relations, particularly as they affect the United States and Mexico.”

Armenia: Civil Rights in the U.S.

  10 December 2007

Life in the Armenian Diaspora posts details about a documentary film examining the life of an Armenian-American lawyer who devoted his life to defending civil rights activists as well as the members of the Black Panthers. Lori, the blogger, comments on how important it is for ethnic Armenians to concern...

Japan: Washington Post on the Japanese Blogosphere

  8 December 2007

An article in the Washington Post describes Japanese bloggers as the “humble giants of the web”, a characterization which blogger Adamu at Mutant Frog Travelogue blasts for its inaccuracies and stereotypes. He writes: “this dichotomy of Japan as meek navel gazers and Americans as gung-ho self-branding showoffs is totally false”,...