Stories from 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,...
Robert Amsterdam posts an update on the British Council scandal.
Ukrainiana writes about Ukraine-NATO relations, and about Ukraine's “dismal” ranking in the 2008 Index of Economic Freedom.
Piran Cafe writes about Ljubljana airport's ambiguous – or just sloppy – approach to smoking inside the terminal.
IVAN vs JAAN writes about the EU stance towards Chechen asylum seekers – and about the ongoing row between the U.K. and Russia over the British Council.
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.
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.
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.
Azady-Brabary blog informs [Fa]that Arash Pakzad, a leftist student,was recently released after being in prison for 45 days.The blog adds that more leftist students were arrested this week.
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...
Mohmmad Darvish, a leading environmentalist, has published several photos of pomegranates in snowy winter in Iran and says[Fa] Iran faces the coldest winter in last 60 years.The blogger adds climate change shows its real impact.
“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...
The dean of Saudi bloggers Fouad Al Farhan (Ar) is still being detained - a month after he was handcuffed from his office in Jeddah and taken to an undisclosed location. Bloggers from Saudi Arabia to Tunisia are rallying behind Al Farhan and calling for his immediate release.
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.
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...
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]...
Voice of South on the block on political blogs in Pakistan, and how people are responding to the ban.
Pakistan Paindabad takes a funny look at Pakistan and Britney Spears.
A popular news channel in India had a discussion-based program on the need to regulate blogs. The charade goes on… has more.
Indian Muslims explores the idea of communities within the construct of “majority and minority”.
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.