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31 March 2008

Stories from 31 March 2008

Slovakia: Newspapers Protest Imposition of Interactivity

Information Policy links to a story in the International Herald Tribune on the protest of Slovak newspapers against the new requirement “to print responses by people or institutions to any...

Czech Republic: Micro-Fee vs “Micro-Bribe”

The Economist‘s blog, Certain Ideas of Europe, reports from the Czech Republic on how “charging patients a small sum for visits to publicly funded doctors” has more or less eliminated...

Romania, Hungary, Austria: Marshal Antonescu; “Political Irrelevance”

At A Fistful of Euros, Douglas Muir writes about Marshal Antonescu of Romania, and Alex Harrowell writes about an “outbreak of arseholes in Central Europe.”

Morocco: Tourism Demands Pig Farms

“One of the last things you would expect to find in Morocco is a pig farm. Given that the consumption of pork is a religious taboo it may come as...

Syria: I Blog, Therefore I am

Syrian Abu Fares explains why he blogs in this post. “I blog therefore I am,” he concludes.

Iraq: Raed Jarrar's Interview with PBS

Iraqi blogger Raed Jarrar shares an interview conducted with him by PBS news hour.

Jordan: Delicious Pickings

Naseem Tarawnah, from Jordan, shares with us some of his “delicious pickings” in this post.

Bulgaria: Against Internet “Bugging”

This year, the Bulgarian government has issued a decree, which, among other things, allows the security services to gather from each internet user the data about who they have written...

Angola: A new blog to debate a better country

Plataforma Angola Mais Solidária [pt] is a new blog intended to create a space for reflexion and debate of ideas. They welcome the readers: “If you arrived here it is...

Brazil: March for the end of the Gaza Strip

“It is said that each Palestinian expelled from their land – and not just since 1948, when it the state of Israel was created – keep a key which they...

Mozambique: Protests againt cost of living in Africa

Carlos Serra [pt] reports some more protests against the increase in the cost of living, this time in Senegal and Côte d'Ivoire, where food prices have gone up. The sociologist-blogger...

Brazil: First blogger celebrates 10 years of Lusosphere

“Ten years ago, exactly on March 31, 1998, I was publishing my first blog, the modest Diário da Megalópole [Megalopolis Diary, pt], which was possibly the first blog ever in...

Taiwan: Voices after Presidential Election

March 22 is Taiwan's presidential election held once every four years. The victory is belonging to KMT's Ma Ying-jeou, who got 60 percent of votes and 2 million votes than...

Trinidad & Tobago: The Laptop Incident

Trinidad and Tobago's Opposition Leader was recently suspended from Parliament for using his laptop without permission, but only a few bloggers seemed tuned in to the story...

Bhutan: On Democracy

Freedom in Bhutan on the recently conducted elections in the country, and the idea of “openness” in democracy.

Pakistan: Women and Honour

Five Rupees on the case of a woman who is trying to escape being killed for her family's honour – bringing to light issues of women's status in a society...

Nepal: Tibet and protests

United We Blog! on why the government in Nepal should allow peaceful protests for the cause of Tibet, even if their political stand on the issue is different.

Nepal: Law enforcement

Bahas explores the idea of a “culture of impunity” – the legacy of poor law-enforcement in Nepal.

Trinidad & Tobago: Fooling Ourselves

West Indies Cricket Blog quotes “Trinidad and Tobago cricket boss” Deryck Murray to underscore the point that “we are fooling ourselves”.

Trinidad & Tobago: A Woman Scorned

“WOMAN's son is murdered by her husband and the first thing that springs to the Trinbagonian mind is that she must have been horning him”: Trinidad and Tobago's latest murder/suicide...

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