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21 January 2008

Stories from 21 January 2008

HiperBarrio's Citizen Journalists Bring Their Local Community Together

With just seven months of experience, the young and extremely motivated participants of HiperBarrio have blossomed into genuine citizen journalists. By rescuing their community's forgotten history, they have also helped...

Russia: Rating Western Democracies?

“Stung by Western assessments that Russia is becoming less free, Moscow officials say they will create a new organization of their own to ‘rate’ democracy in the U.S. and other...

Russia, Moldova: More on Natalia Morar's Case

More on journalist Natalia Morar's case – at Sean's Russia Blog (plus an interesting discussion in the comments section).

Russia: Nashi's EU Visa Problems

Sean's Russia Blog writes: “Natalia Morar is persona non grata in Russia. More and more Nashi activists are becoming persona non grata in the European Union.”

Serbia: Presidential Election

Reluctant Dragon casts his vote in New York and writes somewhat pessimistically about the results of the presidential election in Serbia.

Serbia: “Endorsed by… Bill Gates?”

Belgrade 2.0 writes about a Serbian “presidential candidate using Windows desktop wallpaper in his official campaign as well as something at the end of the video which reminds pretty much...

Slovakia: Facebook Community

Deleted by Tomorrow writes about the Slovak presence on Facebook.

Ukraine: Lutsenko, Chernovetsky, Illegal Land Deals

Ukrainiana offers extensive coverage and analysis of the recent fight between Ukraine's interior minister and Kyiv mayor, and the issue of illegal land deals – here and here.

Ukraine: Book List

A hyperlinked list of English-language books on Ukraine – at Orange Ukraine.

India: The Sound of Language

Lotus Reads reviews The Sound of Language by Amulya Malladi – a book that explores the story of an Afghan woman in Denmark.

Pakistan: On Provocation

The Pakistani Spectator on a radical right-wing politician in Holland who is planning on broadcasting a provocative anti-Muslim film.

Pakistan: Wheat and Inflation

Metroblogging Islamabad on how the price of wheat shot up – thanks to the government's premature calculations and policies.

Bangladesh: A healthy debate

Unheard Voices on the loss of a space for a healthy debate in Bangladesh.

Palestine: Gaza Under Seige

Bloggers around the region are adding their voices to an international outcry as the Gaza Strip falls into darkness. A four-day Israeli blockade on the strip has led to the...

Lebanon: Ashoora and Hreeseh

From Lebanon, Rami Zurayk, introduces us to Ashoora and a local dish cooked during this occasion – Hreeseh.

Brazil: Ten facts about yellow fever in Brazil

“In the face of continuing misinformation on the current yellow fever situation in Brazil, I’ve dedicated some time to gather together a few facts about the crisis”, says Brazil Travel...

Morocco: Personal Freedoms

The View From Fez directs us to an ongoing post about certain freedoms in Morocco.

Morocco: Visa Issues

Daniel Sturgis: the Struggling Beach Buggy Travel Writer in Morocco questions why it's so difficult for Moroccans to get tourist visas to Canada.

Brazil: Journalism and Twitter

Raquel Recuero [pt] is surprised to discover that Twitter, a tool that she had not paid much attention to, has been widely used by both, journalists and candidates’ public relation...

Brazil: 25 years without Garrincha

Brazil remembered this Sunday the 25th anniversary of Manuel Francisco dos Santos's death. Better known by the nickname “Garrincha“, he was an outstanding Brazilian football player who helped Brazil national...

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