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28 December 2007

Stories from 28 December 2007

Israel: Journalists Face Possible Jail Time for Visits to Enemy States

Three Israeli journalists who visited Lebanon and Syria are facing possible jail time for visiting nations that the government terms “enemy states.” Lisa Goldman, Ron Ben-Yishai, and Tsur Shezaf have...

Burkina Faso and the Hajj

QuophyBlogeur writes about the perils of Burkinabe muslims [FR] making the pilgrimage to Mecca: “Fortunately Allah is merciful enough to tolerate the late arrival of poor pilgrims at the mercy...

Burkina Faso Soon a Biofuel Producer

Last month, Burkina Faso and the French company AgroEd signed a framework agreement for developing a biofuels industry. Netizens express their skepticism about whether Burkina can become a competitive producer...

Puerto Rico: Prayer for Bhutto

“What a great lost to the world is the assassination of this heroic woman who sought only to bring peace to her people”: The Voice of the Taino People calls...

Congratulations New, Rising Voices

The Rising Voices citizen media outreach initiative will start out 2008 with five new and innovative projects based in Kenya, Madagascar, Uruguay, Jamaica, and Iran.

Korea: Three Singers and Military Service

How much can military service change your life? There were three singers in Korea. The first singer, Yoo Seung Joon, who grew up in the U.S., but still kept the...

Francophone Morocco on Eid Mubarak Said

Last week, Morocco celebrated Aid el-Kebir (“Big Eid”), a festival commemorating Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son, Isaac, and God's mercy in sparing him. Family members visit each other over...

Myanmar: Video Showing September Violence

Agam's Gecko points to a new video clip that has emerged from Myanmar. “As if the world needed anymore evidence that the brutal Burmese regime has got to go now,...

Ghana: Akuffo Addo and the ruling party

Novisi writes about the recent nomination of the presidential candidate for the ruling party in Ghana: “self-so-called stalwarts of democracy of our country Ghana, the NPP, have just obtained or...

Ghana: The Opposition and Election 2008

Sarpong writes about Ghana election 2008: “Prez Kufuor faces his last term in office which expires next year.The CPP elected their presidential candidate, Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom, along other executives....

Morocco: Shock at Benazir Bhutto's Death

Following yesterday's news of Benazir Bhutto's assassination, Moroccan bloggers react to the tragedy. Jillian York and Lydia Beyoud sum up a spate of reactions from the Anglophone and Francophone blogoma.

Ghana: Christmas with Ofori Amponsah

Ghana Music blog on Christmas celebration in Ghana: The mother of all the events took place at the National Theatre on Monday December 24, where thousands of Ghanaian and foreign...

Kenya: Kenya elections in photos

Afromusing posts photos from the Rift Valley of Kenya elections: “Here are some shots i took yesterday at a few polling stations around Eldoret.It was so hot, but people braved...

Kenya: Parliamentary votes in 64 constituencies

Mzalendo posts results of parliamentary votes following the Kenya 2007 election yesterday: “Mzalendo now has the results for 64 Constituencies.”

Kenya: Kenya election update

Kenya 2007 election update from Kenya Imagine: “I have a racking headache this morning. Yesterday was a tough, nay, gruelling day. Yeah, and so much so. It was Election Day;...

Iran:Extremist forces and the assassination of Bhutto

Pouya says[Fa] that extremist and fundamentalist forces are the real “winners” of the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.Iranian blogger adds the fundamentalists need chaos in society to push their agenda.

Uganda: Is Uganda mentally, intellectually and creatively broke?

An interview with a Kampala City Council official has blogger Tumwijuke wondering if Uganda is “mentally, intellectually and creatively broke.”

Angola: Looking forward to 2008 elections

Orlando Castro [pt] comments on the announcement of elections for the Angolan parliament taking place in September 2008. “Angola has (almost) everything to show and to prove that it can...

Brazil: A visit to Pakistan

On Benazir Bhutto's death, Leonardo Sakamoto [pt] leaves the factual news to the newspapers and publishes links to his personal accounts of Pakistan, a country which he visited to see...

Trinidad & Tobago: Permaculture

Sharon Millar at My Chutney Garden interviews Johnny Stollmeyer – “a conceptual artist/deep ecologist working on issues of sustainability.”

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