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11 March 2008

Stories from 11 March 2008

Iraq: “It's good it wasn't a car bomb!”

What better, after a short break, than to give my audience what they really want to read - words from the street in Baghdad and Mosul. And there is no...

Arabeyes: Rising Cost of Living

Prices of commodities ranging from grocery to building material and rent are going up, up, up and being the true mirrors of their societies, bloggers from Yemen, Egypt, Kuwait and...

Brasil: The most beautiful street in the world

The Porto Alegre Vive [“Porto Alegre Lives”, PT] blog tells us[PT] about the Portuguese blog A Sombra Verde [“The Green Shadow”, PT] that elected one of Porto Alegre‘s streets as...

Poland: Inside Warsaw: L-P

“Inside Warsaw: L-P” – at Polandian.

Iran: “No to election”

Iranemast says[Fa] what more should be happened that we learn voting in Iran is useless. The blogger reminds us about repression and political prisoners.

Lithuania: Independence, 18 Years On

Lituanica writes about an anniversary of “restoration of independence of Lithuania.”

Latvia: March 16 and the Media

Baltic writes about the date that tends to draw plenty of media attention to Latvia: March 16, “one among many days remembering war dead in Latvia.”

Latvia: Riga for Monopoly

All About Latvia writes about an ongoing advertising campaign in Riga to get the city onto Monopoly's map: “Riga’s placement on the monopoly board could bring some tourists in, but...

Hungary: Referendum Results

Pestcentric writes about the results of the referendum this past Sunday and the implications for Hungarian politicians.

Israel: Bedouin Youth Use IM to Bypass Cultural Prohibitions

Instant Messaging is opening new windows for a Bedouin community in South Israel, writes Gilad Lotan, who tunes into a fascinating research and brings us its findings in this post.

Trinidad & Tobago, Haiti, Dominican Republic: Book Awards

Antilles reports that two of the National Book Critics’ Circle awards have been won by Caribbean writers.

Estonia, Finland: Police

Itching for Eestimaa reports that “Estonia is considering hiring 300 unemployed Finnish police officers to handle its internal shortage of police.”

Slovakia: CIA Planes in Bratislava?

The Czech Daily Word writes about the sighting of secret CIA flights that allegedly transport prisoners in Bratislava.

Barbados: Blogging Blues

Barbados’ new government seems to have neglected its previously-active blog, which, according to Barbados Free Press, has left citizens feeling “as if we are waking up in the morning to...

Iran: 250 artists support reformists

According to Futurama[Fa], 250 artists have called people to vote for reformist candidates in Iranian parliamentary election on Friday.

Bermuda: Homophobia

“If I call someone out as a homophobe I mean it with all the venom as if I were to call someone a racist or a sexist”: A Radical in...

Sri Lanka: Guns and Money

Bricks of Love on the nature of international pressure on Sri Lanka to clean up its act – guns and money.

Bulgaria: Michael Palin's “New Europe”

The Balkan Yankee writes about the “screening which featured segments of Michael Palin’s (of Monty Python fame) new documentary series on Eastern Europe” – and the questions that the Bulgarian...

Pakistan: Politics and Alliances

The Pakistani Spectator on political parties and alliances – and “a recipe for civil war”.

Ecuador: Natural Forces Threatening the Country

The recent diplomatic crisis in Ecuador did not stop other natural forces from producing a crisis of their own in the country. Heavy rainfalls and a threatening volcano have continued...

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