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16 January 2008

Stories from 16 January 2008

Russia, Serbia: Gazprom's “Offer”

  16 January 2008

Streetwise Professor writes about Gazprom's relations with Serbia: “Gazprom/Russia is/are playing smashmouth ball over Serbia’s national oil company. Don Miller and Don Medvedev have presented Serbia with an offer it can’t refuse: to sell Naftna industrija Srbije at a fraction of its true value–and one with an unbelievably short fuse,...

A Muslim Britney Spears?

  16 January 2008

As if the media circus surrounding her wasn't enough, the latest news is that Britney Spears will be considering converting to Islam in order to marry her Pakistan-born paparazzo boyfriend, Adnan Ghalib. The Middle East and North African bloggers could hardly contain themselves, writes Jillian York.

Jordan: The Impact of Bloggers on Politics

  16 January 2008

Mohammad Azraq turns his attention this week to Jordan's bloggers who are discussing the impact of blogging on politics, a visit to a music conservatory in old Ramullah, Palestine, the significance of archeology and why Arabs should not give up on their mother tongue.

Afghanistan:The Rambo Syndrom

  16 January 2008

Abu Muqawama writes about “the Rambo Syndrom”.The blogger says the New York Times has published an article about violent incidents perpetrated by returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Brazil: A flagrant video on 12 year old being killed by police

  16 January 2008

PE Body Count [pt] uploads a video with images captured by a citizen reporter showing the police violence that led to the death of Dênis Francisco Henrique dos Santos, 12 years old, during a street party in Recife, Brazil, last Sunday. The blog had reported the incident [pt] earlier this...

Brazil: A free manuals wiki in Portuguese

  16 January 2008

“Zé and I have started a new wiki, free manuals, which is basically a place for us to translate some cool manuals we know, and also to write our own manuals”. It is going to be manuals for pretty much everything, explains Daniel Madsen Melo [pt], who also welcomes helping...

Iran:”Anti Iranian Series on Iranian TV!”

  16 January 2008

EarthSoldier says [Fa] that :”Setareh Soheyl” is “an anti Iranian series on Iranian TV” and it is produced in Iran. The blogger calls it worse than 300 movie.The blogger says in this series,Sassanid‘s soldiers were shown as very wild people who used to torture Muslim or non Muslim Arabs.

Mozambique: Sleep Walking Land

  16 January 2008

Forever Pemba [pt] is glad to find out that the film ‘Sleep Walking Land’, by Mozambican Teresa Prata based on a Mia Couto's book, will be shown at the Pune International Film Festival, in India, and in London's Bird's Eye Film Festival. “The movie tell us the Muidinga's story, a...

Brazil: The Year My Parents Went on Vacation

  16 January 2008

The Brazilian movie “The Year My Parents Went on Vacation”, by Cao Hamburger, has made it to the list of nine movies pre-selected for the foreign-language Academy Award. On January 22, a special committee will decide which of these will make to to the top 5 final list. Inagaki [pt]...

India: Blogging and Media

  16 January 2008

A popular news channel in India had a discussion-based program on the need to regulate blogs. The charade goes on… has more.

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An Introductory Guide to Global Citizen Media

  16 January 2008

Rising Voices proudly announces the first in a series of outreach guides meant to explain the fundamentals of citizen media to a non-technical readership. The first guide, An Introduction to Citizen Media, offers context and case studies which show how everyday citizens across the world are increasingly using blogs, podcasts, online video, and digital photography to engage in an unmediated conversation which transcends borders, cultures, and differing languages.

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