18 January 2008

Stories from 18 January 2008

Armenia: Copyright Infringement?

  18 January 2008

As a photojournalist as well as blogger, I have made low resolution images shot for next month's presidential election in Armenia available for free use by other bloggers in the hope that presentation in the local blogosphere improves. However, when licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works license I...

Brazil: Violent games have been banned or censored?

  18 January 2008

Sérgio Amadeu [pt] criticizes a court decision that banned computer games “EverQuest” and “Counter-Strike” because of the alleged violence. “Japan is one of the countries in which violent games are more widespread, Korea is another. The statistics for violence there do not even get close to the numbers in the...

Madagascar: Popular Radio Broadcast supsended by the Government

  18 January 2008

Jentilisa reports that the popular radio program “karajia” (discussion in Malagasy) braodcasted by the Roman Catholic Church Radio called Radio Don Bosco was suspended by the government. This suspension was also reported on a popular broadcast called ” kidoana maraina” on Radio Television Analamanga (RTA). Jentilisa explains that the reason...

Armenia: Discredited Opinion Polls

  18 January 2008

Unzipped comments on news that the U.S. Embassy and the International Republican Institute (IRI) have scrapped plans to hold an exit poll during next month's presidential election. Although the blogger was initially in favor of the idea, he now says that while the decision can be considered bad news, it...

Iran:Excluding Iran

  18 January 2008

Nart Villeneuve writes” according to The Register, Yahoo! (png) and Microsoft (png) had removed Iran as an option in their country lists used when signing up for an account.Google still has Iran as an option for creating accounts, but does block GoogleEarth downloads from users in Iran (png).”

Iran:Open letter to Chavez from Iranian labour activists

  18 January 2008

Militant has published an open letter to President Hugo Chavez from Iranian labour and student activists. Chavez was asked to use his close relation with Iranian president,Mahmoud Ahmadinejad,to help more than 40 jailed students and labour activists,to be released from prison.

Armenia: Online Election Manifestos

  18 January 2008

The Armenian Observer examines the online presence of Armenia's nine candidates for next month's presidential election. In particular, the blogger points his readers in the direction of which sites include election manifestos.

Armenia: Azerbaijani Response

  18 January 2008

Blogian says that the Azerbaijani media as well as parliamentarians have responded to the blogger establishing a website and blog detailing the destruction of an ancient Armenian cemetery in the Azerbaijani exclave of Nakhichevan.

Iran:New York City to Iran Phone Link

  18 January 2008

The Enough Fear campaign connects Americans and Iranians through direct phone calls as part of our person-to-person diplomacy campaign.On Saturday, January 19th, we will set up four phones in City Hall Park in New York that will be connected to volunteers in Iran


  18 January 2008

“Grow,Watermelon,Grow” is the name of the first children's book of New York based Iranian illustrator/designer,Charlotte Norouzi. Sepideh Sarami has done a very interesting interview with her.

Korea: Taean, Blogger, and Truth

  18 January 2008

Since the Taean oil spill in Korea, two stories have been the focus of attention. One is the large number of volunteers – 1 milion Koreans have volunteered so far. A blogger brings up the other story, which is the truth of the oil spill. Doubting major media news, blogger...

Palestine: Dance Prodigy Hopes to Make it Big

  18 January 2008

Every once in a while, you hear about a story that makes you stop in your tracks. One that is so outside the norm, that is seems as if the central figure has been born in the wrong time or place. Maya Norton writes about Palestinian Ayman Safieh's steps towards making it big in the world of classical ballet.

Jamaica: Plastification

  18 January 2008

“What makes Jamaica so very beautiful, and so unique is the fact that is has not undergone the ‘plastification’ that abounds in…developed countries”: Francis Wade explains.

Dominica: Discussing the Refinery Issue

  18 January 2008

“Dominicans are clearly thinking about these issues and asking important questions,” writes Living Dominica, as she continues to blog about the government's plans to build an oil refinery on “the nature isle”.

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