Stories from 11 August 2007
Senegal: Dying in childbirth
Blog politique au Senegal shares a story of a woman who died in childbirth, a fate shared by far too many women in Senegal: “The small crowd listened to the midwife explain she did all that she could, that it was the will of God; but at the hospital she...
HiperBarrio: Local Stories, Global Audience
As promised, this is the second installment of a two-part podcast about Medellín, Colombia and how the HiperBarrio project is taking advantage of the city's new network of library parks to teach the skills of citizen media to young people from the working class northern hills.
Buying condoms in Sudan
In Sudan, the possession of a condom can be considered a sign of planning to have extramarital sex. But as Zizou from Djerba writes, he's seeing condoms on sale in pharmacies, grocery stores, and hair salons. “I'm really impressed by these government officials who [by promoting condom use] take risks...
Korea: Media Entertainment, Lies, Fans, and Tragedy
Korean bloggers have been debating the use and absue of the media the latest, particulary in relation to the cases of a few celebrities. A Korean comedian who had been in hinding after lying several years ago returned to the public view this year. Previously, she had lost a tremendous...
Myanmar: Bloggers Remember 8888
August 8th, 1988 or 8888 was the date when students and ordinary citizen took to the streets in Myanmar to demand greater democracy. The protests led to the fall of the reigning dictatorial regime of General Ne Win but also brought the military junta to power. The military violently crushed the demonstrations. Myanmar bloggers remember 8888 and pay tribute to the protesters who lost their lives.
Taiwan: What's Next After Wikimania 2007?
Wikimania 2007 at Taipei ended on August 5th. To members promoting Mediawiki in Taiwan, this international conference is a wonderful opportunity for exchanging ideas. Among organizers and contributors, we can find five IT-related research institutes in Taiwan...
Japan: Urban Legend
Mari Kanazawa listed out various urban legends that spread through Japanese society.
Japan: Giant mechanical O-nyudo doll
Edo introduces a giant mechanical O-nyudo doll in Pink Tentacle. O-nyudo is a Japanese legendary monster that can cause people to fall ill simply by looking at them.
Landing at the Iraqi Blogodrome
Humiliation at the hands of the Jordanian border police; belief restored in Iraq; a report from the Iraqi city of Arbil and a life in the week of one Iraqi blogger are some of the essential tales I bring you today. Also find out what is really happening in the world of Iraqi politics.
Uruguay: Chavez’ Visit
From Uruguay takes a look at Hugo Chavez’ recent visit to Uruguay and writes, “in my opinion the entrance of Venezuela benefits Uruguay for sure in the short term. It provides a new actor in the Mercosur scene that will shake the Brazilian-Argentinean hegemony of power in the block, giving...
Peru: Blogger Meet-up in Huánuco
Juan Arellano's recent trip to Huánuco provided an opportunity to meet-up with a group of bloggers from that city [ES].
Honduras: Watching a Meteor Shower
Aaron Ortiz of Pensieve provides tips on how to watch the Leonids meteor shower in Honduras.