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9 February 2008

Stories from 9 February 2008

Africa: Fashion merging nations

  9 February 2008

Misi writes about the popularity of African prints: “Everywhere you turn, Ankara is in-demand; you see people wearing ‘Ghana’, ‘Ivory Coast’ and ‘London Wax’ Ankaras. And the best part of it all is that it is affordable, in some cases cheaper than buying a cell phone recharge card.”

Tanzania's Cabinet dissolved after corruption scandal

  9 February 2008

Events in Tanzania’s political scene are taking place so rapidly as Prime Minister and other ministers resign and the President dissolves the cabinet. From day one, Swahili bloggers have been posting commentary and updates of events as they take place at the parliament in the Tanzania's capital, Dodoma.

Angola: Luanda's anniversary

  9 February 2008

The Angolan capital celebrates its 432 anniversary. Manuel Vieira [pt] invites readers to a “serious serious thought about its existence, the official speeches and popular voices”.

Blogosphere poetry in Portuguese

  9 February 2008

Pimenta Negra [pt] has a post about a new poetry project in Portugal: “Combining illustration and poetry, “Poesia Quase Anónima” (Almost Anonymous Poetry) is a small anthology of possible new authors dispersed in the Portuguese the blogosphere”.

Mozambique: The right to protest

  9 February 2008

MOZVOZ [pt] on the protests against transport fares rise last Monday in Maputo, Mozambique: “People has exercised and will continue to exercise their right to resist and the police will continue violating the citizens’ rights, freedoms and guarantees”

Brazil: Guerrilla Marketing

  9 February 2008

Alexandre de Souza [pt], another Brazilian police blogger, comments on the Guerrilla Marketing strategies that the police officers have been using to get mobilized on their campaign for better salaries and working conditions. Read a GVO article about it.

Korea: Lunar New Year, do men also struggle?

  9 February 2008

New Year! It’s a big holiday in Korea. People return to their hometowns and worship their ancestors. People gather with relatives whom they haven’t seen for a while. For entertainment and respect for ancestors, preparing meals is a big job. Now New Year has produced a new symptom, ‘New Year...

Russia: An Electrician's View on Vasily Alexanyan's Case

  9 February 2008

While the previous Global Voices translation on Alexanyan's case dealt with the relative silence that surrounded Vasily Alexanyan internationally and a rather massive response from the Russian bloggers, below is a story of one Russian electrician who was not aware of Aleksanyan's existence at all. Written by LJ user becky-sharpe, this sketch may (or may not) reflect on how Aleksanyan's ordeal is viewed by those in Russia who do not rely on the online media as their primary sources of information.

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