6 January 2008

Stories from 6 January 2008

Guinea-Bissau: The last years of Portuguese rule

  6 January 2008

“The Diário da Guiné [Guinea Diary], by our mate Antonio Abreu, talks about everything, or nearly everything, that happened in those terrible years of 72 to 74, the last years of Portuguese sovereignty in Guinea”. Luis Graça [pt] recommends the book to anyone who is interested in the country's history.

Iranian bloggers discuss Obama's Iowa victory

Several Iranian bloggers are discussing the victory of U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama in Iowa. It was the first nominating contest of the 2008 presidential election. Some rejoice in Obama’s victory, while others evaluate what impact “Obama as President” would have on Iranian political life. Farhad Afshar reflects on [Fa]...

Iran:A Plane Catches Fire

Shekkar [Fa],an Iran based blogger, was on board the Iran Air Fokker 100 which attempted to take off for Shiraz but ended up losing its landing gear and caught fire.Read English story here.

Brazil: Protect your freedom of speech

  6 January 2008

Jorge Serrão [pt] has a long Sunday post on freedom of speech. “The Brazilian society must not accept that press and citizens are silenced, censured or corrupted. Some politically odious people, who have not the least respect for democratic principles, once again move in the underworld of archaic and authoritarian...

Armenia: Christmas

  6 January 2008

While all attention is focused on Georgia after its early presidential election was held yesterday, The Armenian Patchwork reminds its readers that today is also Armenian Christmas and posts some photographs.

Georgia: Presidential Election Update

  6 January 2008

Although the international media is now reporting a victory for the incumbent, Mikhail Saakashvili, in yesterday's presidential election in Georgia, there has so far been very little reaction to the news in the blogosphere. This contrasts strikingly with how bloggers worldwide reacted to the clashes between opposition supporters and riot...

Vietnam: Regulating the Street Economy

  6 January 2008

Vietnamese capital city Hanoi recently introduced a draft legislation aimed at improving traffic flow. The result of this was a drastic reduction in the places where the vendors can sell there wares. Caroline Finlay looks at the online debates sparked by this new legislation.

Thailand: publishing house website shut down

  6 January 2008

The website of Fah Diew Kan (Same Sky), a quarterly social and political magazine, has been shut down by its host Net Service Ltd for Lèse majesté violations. The move came after pressure from Thailand’s Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

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