Stories from 13 February 2008
Japan: Future words of the Web Era
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...
Russia, Georgia, UK: Badri Patarkatsishvili
Siberian Light writes about the death of Badri Patarkatsishvili.
Saudi Arabia: Remembering Fouad Al Farhan
Lou from Saudi Arabia pays tribute to jailed Saudi blogger Fouad Al Farhan in this post.
Saudi Arabia: Home – The Aramco Brats’ Story
Mochness from Saudi Arabia discusses a new documentary on living in the Kingdom, entitled: Home – The Aramco Brats’ Story.
Saudi Arabia: Businesswoman Arrested
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...
Europe: BarCamp Baltics
Daily EM reports on BarCamp Baltics.
Bahrain: Response to Hezbollah leader's death
Hezbollah has wide support in Bahrain, and there has been an immediate response to the news of the death of Imad Mughniyeh, a top Hezbollah leader, reports Ayesha Saldanha.
Albania: Attitude Towards the Roma
Stepping Stones writes about the attitude towards Roma kids in Albania's capital.
Brazil: Oneself cellphone mobile TV
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
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...
Serbia: Politics and Politicians
Balkan Baby writes on Boris Tadic, Tomislav Nikolic and Vojislav Kostunica.
Russia: BBC's Coverage
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
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.”
Poland, Russia: Tusk Visits Moscow
Leopolis writes about the Polish-Russian relationship and the Polish PM's recent visit to Moscow.
Trinidad & Tobago: “Twittering” the Earthquake
Caribbean Free Radio feels the earth move under her feet in Trinidad – and immediately posts to Twitter.
Jordan: Cairo Pictures
mohammad alQaq, from Jordan, travelled to Cairo and shares pictures from his trip here.
Experiencing global warming in Iceland
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
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
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
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
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.”