13 February 2008

Stories from 13 February 2008

Japan: Future words of the Web Era

  13 February 2008

Japanese web visionary Umeda Mochio (see earlier translated interview) announces the upcoming release on Feb. 27th of his new book, “Five propositions for a web era: These words will open the way to the future!” (ウェブ時代 5つの定理―この言葉が未来を切り開く! [ja]), at his blog My Life between Silicon Valley and Japan [ja]. According to...

Saudi Arabia: Businesswoman Arrested

  13 February 2008

THE arrest of a Saudi businesswomen by a religious policeman in Riyadh for having coffee with a male colleague who was not related to her, has brought up the eternal question of whether or not Saudi Arabia wants to join the rest of the world in modernity or remain frozen...

Brazil: Oneself cellphone mobile TV

  13 February 2008

Mobile webtv live broadcast [pt] proposes a media innovation based on an all times Brazilian favorites street characters: the candy-girls that sell sweeties on trays. “We came up with a new media structure made of a transparent acrylic tray that fits the body ergonomically to allow us to continue walking...

Serbia: A Tribute to Desimir Tošić

  13 February 2008

Dejan Đokić posts a tribute to Desimir Tošić at East Ethnia: “He was a unique and somewhat unconventional figure in modern Serbian history. Tošić was a politician who placed ideas and ideals above personal and material gain. He was a contemporary of Yugoslavia’s turbulent life and its death(s), but wrote...

Russia: BBC's Coverage

  13 February 2008

Upset with BBC's coverage of Russia, Windows to Russia! suggests that “that someone from Russia should do a road trip in England to: ‘set out to try and look at some of the major problems confronting Britain!’ They could: ‘look for the dark underbelly’.”

Hungary: “2ManyBloggas” Party

  13 February 2008

Briefly, Pestiside is feeling “old”: “…The discovery of a party this coming Saturday partly dedicated to the foreign-language bits of the local blogosphere that completely ignores us, the old daddy of the business, would be more than enough to let us know our time is long over.”

Experiencing global warming in Iceland

  13 February 2008

Vida na Islândia [pt] is experimenting what global warming is like in Iceland. “Last week I saw on the weather forecast on television that on last Friday night the temperature would rise from -7 degrees to +5. I was worried that such a sudden change of temperature would make the...

Zimbabwe: Four way choice

  13 February 2008

Development Talks blog discusses Zimbabwe presidential politics: “With just under 8 weeks to go before the elections, last week saw the announcement of the failure of the 2 MDC factions to form a coalition for the upcoming election in March. Talks between the two party leaders, Morgan Tsvangirai and Arthur...

Brazil: 375 years of the Galileo affair

  13 February 2008

Vejo Tudo e Não Morro [pt] reminds us that in February 13, 1633, exactly 375 years ago, Galileo Galilei stood Inquisition trial on suspicion of heresy for defending the heliocentric theory of Copernicus, whereas Western Christian biblical references would state that “the world is firmly established, it cannot be moved.”

Sudan: Three years of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement

  13 February 2008

Black Kush discusses three years of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Sudan: “It is three years tomorrow January 9th since the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement which brought an end to the twenty years civil war in South Sudan. It is three years that have yet to see results,...

Malawi: How I met my Valentine

  13 February 2008

Malawian blogger, Victor Kaonga, shares a personal story about how he met his “Valentine”: “I regard myself as someone who does not like sharing much information about myself but for the past few months I have been reflecting over the importance of sharing personal stories and experiences.”

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