Stories from 14 January 2008
Jordan's 7iber discusses the impact of blogging on Jordan here.
Three scientists have discovered a 300-million year-old fossil specimen of an invertebrate worm in the southern city of Zagora, Morocco, reports The View from Fez.
Troubled pop star Britney Spears converting to Islam? Egyptian Sandmonkey sheds light on the situation here.
Ukrainiana takes a walk around Kyiv and posts pictures of garbage, gloom, holiday decorations and political ads disguised as holiday greetings.
As his ratings continue to slip in the primaries, US presidential hopeful Barack Obama's popularity is on the rise among bloggers around the world. Global Voices Online editors and contributors joined hands to bring us the reactions of bloggers from Japan, Haiti, Republic of Macedonia, Pakistan, India, Ukraine, Singapore and Chile in this article.
Skippy dot net writes about a trip to Chernobyl and posts pictures.
Window on Eurasia writes about a review of a new book on Soviet fartsovshchiki: “In the 1970s and 1980s, ‘fartsovka’ grew so large that Vasil’yev suggests there were six different groups involved in acquiring goods — hotel workers, sailors on Soviet cargo ships, long-distance truckers, participants in Interclubs, guides, and...
Russia Blog believes that if Kremlin could vote in the 2008 election in the United States, Senator Chuck Hagel (R-Neb) would most likely become the next president: “However, to Moscow’s regret, Hagel is not in the running, though his chances would be reasonably good.”
Robert Amsterdam and Siberian Light report on the plight of Voice of Beslan, a group of Beslan survivors and their relatives, who are now being accused of breaking the law on extremism.
Greater Surbiton writes about East Timorese and Bosnian genocides and the double standards used by some when assessing the human losses: “Unfortunately, many of the same people who highlight the extent of East Timorese suffering, such as Noam Chomsky, John Pilger, Edward Herman and David Peterson, actually go out of...
Living in Shkoder writes about a bank that “was burnt down during the riots in March 1997″ – and about a photo exhibition likely to move into that building, of the work of Pjeter Marubi, an Italian who photographed Albanians in the mid-19th century.
Lituanica remembers January 13, 1991 – and those who lost their lives on that day: “Some died from the shot wounds; the Soviet tanks crushed some. In total 14 peaceful civilian freedom defenders lost their lives, hundreds more wounded.” Viola in Vilnius attends an annual memorial concert dedicated to the...
Alberto Marques [pt] on a new citizen media project launched in Chile, the Latin American country with more initiatives of the kind: El Naveghable [es] have already more than 300 collaborators and still growing. “Meanwhile, in Brazil, a few projects or nothing at all have come up”, laments the blogger
Based on Hamed Saber‘s “Access Flickr” Firefox extension, which enables users to circumvent the filter currently in effect in Iran and in few other countries that block Flickr, the popular photo-sharing website, another Iranian developer, MohammadR, has released “FreeAccess Plus!“, a nifty extension that turns Firefox into a proxy that...
Lucia Freitas [pt] is excited about the Campus Party LiveStream [pt], which allows tracking from blogs, Twiter, and soon from Flickr and YouTube. Campus Party is a geek meeting that takes place in São Paulo, Brazil, from February 11 through 17.
Egyptian blogger Amr Gharbeia (Ar) looks at the ethics of bloggers and the roles they play in exposing torture against victims. Are they victimising the victims even further by exposing their identities in a society which still washes its dishonour with the victim's blood?
The View From Fez announces that Morocco will host a heavy metal festival.
From Morocco, Ghasbouba rings in the Amazigh New Year of 2958.
The unexpected happened in Iraq: Snow fell on the capital city of Baghdad, and citizens grabbed their video cameras to record this once in a lifetime event.
Heatherf of Moroccan Meanderings describes the chaos of her Rabat street.
From Israel, Lisa Goldman shares with us some food porn here.