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27 January 2006

Stories from 27 January 2006


  27 January 2006

Christian Garbis reports that Armenia's free internet (limited to Armenian sites only) and email service,, is in danger of shutting down unless it finds new funding.

There is No Festival in Cartagena

  27 January 2006

The following is an abbreviated translation of a post originally written in Spanish by Colombian journalist, Efraim Medina Reyes at In the most recent issue of the magazine, Arcadia, a brief note appeared about the virtual event, No Hay Festival (There is No Festival) which, with the collaboration of...

WSF Bamako – What it means for Africa

  27 January 2006

The World Social Forum (WSF) is a yearly gathering of civil society groups and social movements that meets every year in order to try to find solutions to fight against the continued domination of corporate capitalism. For the first time this year the WSF changed its format from one centralised...

Iran: Enemy is China!

  27 January 2006

Sadetar az Ab (means more simple than water), an Iran based blogger, says neither US nor Israel is Iran's enemy but China. Bloggersays more and more Iranian national companies bankrupted because of made in China products (Persian).

Palestine: Hamas Won!

  27 January 2006

A lot of reactions to Hamas winning elections in Palestine. Nas summaries some of these, then talks about after-shock. Shaden says, “that’s what Palestinians inside want, you either support them or not but don't think you have the right to choose for them“, Khalaf writes about the implications on Jordan,...

Youth WSF collective blog

  27 January 2006

Attention-grabbing first person testimonials on what is going at the World Social Forum in this collective blog. Posts about life in the youth camp, the Forum’s (dis)organization, the Bolivarian proceso, Chávez’ misiones, and the Forum debates.

South Africa

  27 January 2006

South Africa comments on an interview with PW Botha and writes “please make these stupid people shut up“.

South Africa: Arts blog

  27 January 2006

African Voices and Visons is another new African blog, this time from South Africa. The blog is written by a young female documentary filmmaker. The focus so far on the blog is mainly on the arts.

Singapore: “Cheering” Conservatism

  27 January 2006

Heavenly Sword “sings” the praises of a conservative Singapore. “What I want to say is really this: that Singapore will always be conservative. And the proxy that I have used in this short essay is the censorship of expressions of sexuality. Sex, lust, and liberal attitudes must not be tolerated...

Syria: Blog Censorship in Syria

  27 January 2006

The Syrian Domari (Arabic) yesterday became the first blog to be censored in Syria. Syria Mirror reported today that the Syrian Computer Society, one of two government-owned internet service providers in Syria, has blocked access to the Syrian Domari. The unprecedented move comes two months after anonymous bloggers (Arabic) launched...

Japan: Locked Out

  27 January 2006

Mutant Frog Travelogue fumes at being blocked from accessing content from the Japanese download sites: “Listen up, Japan: I would gladly PAY for a lot of this stuff! PAY! MONEY! And I know there are thousands if not millions of Japanese and non-Japanese people who would similarly pony up. So...

Indonesia: Inner Circle

  27 January 2006

Yosef Ardi begins a promising series of posts profiling the inner circle of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, beginning with “SBY”‘s seven official spokespersons.

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