Stories from 8 August 2006
Russia: Madonna and the Church
Madonna is giving a concert in Moscow on Sept. 11, and Russian Orthodox Christian and Muslim representatives have already issued statements criticizing the upcoming show. Well-known gallery owner and once notorious political consultant Marat Guelman (LJ user galerist) isn't a fan of the clerics’ position (RUS): And now the popular...
Argentina: Officers Tried in Italy
Why will five Argentinian navy officers be tried in absentia in Italy? Jeff Barry explains.
India: Pesticides in your drink
Is environmental campaigning as unbiased as it should be? Varnam points out to the fact that the recent controversy in India wherein Coke and Pepsi appear to have pesticides in their drinks and asks if the issue being raised is limited to American multinationals.
Nepal: No space for Monarchy
United We Blog! doesn't take too kindly to the idea of having space for monarchy in the new political environment in Nepal.
How has the changing context in Pakistan contributed to the way drugs are perceived?Metroblogging Lahore on drugs, media and the youth.
Shirazi on Multan. “While many historic Islamic cities have lost much of their original character during the twentieth century, Multan has survived remarkably intact, retaining the classic form of the medieval city encircled by its rampart and gateways. It is the entire urban fabric of the place that is historic.”
Nepal: Media Watchdogs
Blogdai is upset with the way International media and pundits cover Nepal without quite understanding the context, and urges his readers to be media watchdogs.
Iran: Is God out there?
Mohammad Masih, a martyrdom seeker & active blogger talks about his own experience to try go to Lebanon. The blogger says imagine the moment that you may have a ticket to Damascus or you can pass the border a question comes in your mind: Is there God out there [Fa]?...
Iran: Football & Governance
Dr. Emad Afrough, deputy in Parliament says our country's governance is like our national football (soccer) team's management [Fa]. In both cases too many emotions are involved and rational criticism has no place.
Lebanon: 4th Week of Israel's War
This week is the fourth week of Israel’s war against Lebanon. The war is still the dominant subject of posts in the Lebanese blogosphere.
Iran: A Popular movie
Rooznamenegar No talks about Cease Fire, an Iranian film at the top of box office. The blogger says in this movie people watch a rich couple driving expensive cars in rich neighbourhood, throwing away their meals without touching them or breaking their house decorative objects without caring about their price....
Cuba: What we know for sure
Babalu Blog posts a lists of things “we know for sure” about what's going on in Cuba.
Argentina: Spanish Subtitles for Lessig Video
Fernando Casale worked “like an ant” to add Spanish subtitles to a video of Lawrence Lessig from a presentation he gave at an event held last year in Buenos Aires.
Colombia: Blogging and Chatting
An experiment in “synchronized communication,” blogsColombia has started a chat page to promote interaction among the national blogging community.
Guyana: Flawed election list
“Something is very dodgy here,” says MediaCritic, having perused the list of electors and found the names of two relatives who left Guyana several years ago (and who, moreover, had never gone through the registration process) but not his own. General elections in Guyana are set for August 28, 2006.
Cuba, USA: Fidel's daughter and CNN
VivirLatino comments on CNN's hiring of Fidel Castro's daughter, Alina Fernandez, as a network contributor: “what this also clearly shows (in my not so humble opinion) is a bias in the media that is clearly pro-U.S. policy around the issue of Cuba. It seems to me that Alina has made...
Jamaica, USA: Independence jam
Nyasha Lang attends an event celebrating the 44th anniversary of Jamaica's independence: “The vibe was somewhere between a Negril dance hall and an open air roots reggae show, folks wearing white flowing garb bordered with red, green and yellow. Nuff dub poets and singers in the crowd.”
Cuba: Interview with a dissident
Ya No Más publishes an interview recently conducted in Havana with Cuban dissident Martha Beatriz Roque. The interviewer reports that during his meeting with Sra. Roque, a film crew allegedly shooting a tourism promo is hovering around: and “how accidental is it that the author of this article should spend...
Trinidad & Tobago: Smelter activity continues
Rights Action T&T, a blog designed to support the protest against the establishment of an aluminium smelter in a community in southern Trinidad, issues a press release reporting that preparations for the establishment of boreholes have begun in the area, and deploring aluminium company Alcoa's “continued attempts to psychologically intimidate...
Cuba, USA: Santería, for better or for worse
Dominican Republic blog Remolacha.net links (ES) to a news article and a series of AP photos depicting Cubans in both Cuba and the US engaging in Santería (an Afro-Cuban religion) ceremonies designed to hasten either the death or recovery of ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro.
Brunei: Digital Divide
The blogger at Our Local Style looks at the digital divide in South East Asia.