1 February 2008

Stories from 1 February 2008

Bolivia: The Festival of Alasitas

  1 February 2008

The festival of Alasitas features a diminuative and jolly character called Ekeko, who is said to bring abundance and prosperity. This event is based in the city of La Paz, but it's popularity has spread to other cities like El Alto. There, some new bloggers write about this custom, and how important it is to maintain these traditions from generation to generation.

Serbia: Smokers’ Paradise

  1 February 2008

Serbia marked the National No Smoking Day on Jan. 31, but, as one Serbian blogger noted, "Serbia is the paradise and El Dorado for smokers." Sinisa Boljanovic translates two bloggers' views on the situation with smoking in Serbia.

DoGooder.tv: A video sharing site for NonProfits

  1 February 2008

DoGooder.tv is a website for videos with a cause. Through it, non-profit organizations can promote their cause for a specific audience: one that is already interested in hearing what they have to say, and figuring ways in which they can help out.

Jordan: Price Hike

  1 February 2008

“Thank you, Jordanian government, for removing subsidies and hiking gas prices across the board. We’ll all be walking a little…stiffer…after next month,” writes An American in Jordan.

Ukraine: Yushchenko's Secret Residence

  1 February 2008

Foreign Notes writes about president Yushchenko's residence in Koncha Zaspa: “It is never been seen by ‘lesser mortals’. There are no known official photographs this place. t was built by former president Kuchma, who now lives very comfortably just a few doors away in a newly-built prestigious dacha. […] The...

Armenia: Corrupt Justice

  1 February 2008

Nazarian, a blogger supporting the candidacy of former president Levon Ter-Petrossian in the 19 February election in Armenia, says justice is corrupt and cannot be taken seriously in Armenia. In particular, the blogger cites the case of four Ter-Petrossian activists who have been detained on suspicion of beating a heckler...

Peru: Decorative Philosophy on Public Transportation

  1 February 2008

Sentimiento Combi [es] is a new Peruvian blog that collects photographs of decorative text on the sides and windows of combis, which are buses and cars used for public transportation in Lima. The site writes, “all of this literature expresses the idiosyncrasy of the Limean, his “philosophy”, his lifestyle, and...

Chile: Asian Culture Blog

  1 February 2008

Vive Asia [es] is a new blog for Chileans to discover the Asian culture and was created by the National Congressional Library in Chile.

Armenia: Political Satire

  1 February 2008

With the media becoming as polarized as society is ahead of the presidential election due to be held in Armenia on 19 February, The Armenian Observer posts a satirical cartoon that the blogger believes represents the state of the local press.

Armenia: Aryan Boycott

  1 February 2008

Unzipped: Gay Armenia comments on the announcement by the ultra-nationalist Union of Armenian Aryans that they will not be supporting any candidate in the coming presidential election. The fact that the group says it can't find any common ideological ground with the choices on offer is a positive sign, the...

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