8 February 2008

Stories from 8 February 2008

Russia, Ukraine: Comments on Internet Censorship, Uncensored

  8 February 2008

Fourteen uncensored comments to a piece on “closed internet” in Russia, by anonymous readers of a Ukrainian news site, translated by La Russophobe‘s David Essel: “These outpourings do not deserve analysis. The levels of stupidity, ignorance, rabid anger, bile and sheer viciousness are staggering and that is all one needs...

Russia: “A Kiss – Off the Record”

  8 February 2008

Eternal Remont writes on a new Russian movie whose “fictional” hero resembles Vladimir Putin a lot: “The film was completed 5 yrs ago, but there has been speculation that the Kremlin delayed its release until now, weeks before Putin leaves office.”

Ukraine: HIV/AIDS

  8 February 2008

Greetings From Kyiv reports: “Current statistics are that 1 in 70 Ukrainians are HIV positive and that this rate which is the highest in Europe is going to climb.”

China: Netizen Party announced

  8 February 2008

From forcing the rescue of hundreds of brick kiln slave laborers last year and seeing it through long after local bodies gave up to being analytical piranhas when dealt obvious official lies, and numerous examples in between, it seems some netizens have realized their comparative advantage over local government authorities...

Carnival: Videos from around the world

  8 February 2008

One way to know about a culture, is to see how they celebrate and why. Many countries share a common festival, the carnival, and each country gives a distinctive flavour to the celebration. Carnival usually takes place during the weeks prior to Lent in Catholic countries, and it's usually a time to revel, enjoy and feast before the 40 days of fasting and prayer in preparation of Easter begin. Citizen videos show us how carnival season was spent this year in Bolivia, French Guyana, Goa, India and Croatia.

India: Driving and Culture

  8 February 2008

Driving a Cultural Change has a series of videos intended to educate the Indian driver – and hopefully reduce the chaos on the streets.

Ghana: Suprises from the Africa Cup of Nations

  8 February 2008

Emmanuel writes about the Africa Cup of Nations in Ghana: “The surprise of yesterday was Ivory Coast's ouster from the championship. The Ivoirians probably underrated the Egyptians initially and before they started taking them seriously it was already late.”

Brazil: Free books online, no need to print

  8 February 2008

O Escriba [pt] has created a link to his online library, with free books available for download. Some of them are quite rare, others have been forbidden, such as Roberto Carlos’ biography. He has only an environmentally-friendly wish: “Please avoid printing them out, reading on the screen is not that...

Macau: The Year of the Rat

  8 February 2008

Leocardo [pt] has pictures of the New Year Celebrations in Macau. The blogger has also been publishing Year of the Rat's predictions for each sign in the Chinese Zodiac.

Mozambique: Don't we have anything?

  8 February 2008

“The companies belong to them, the shops belong to them, the bakeries belong to them, it is all theirs. And us, don't we have anything?”. Carlos Serra [pt] heard this phrase from a lady from Inhagóia and wrote an interesting analyses following up the incidents in Maputo, Mozambique, last Monday....

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