1 April 2008

Stories from 1 April 2008

Hungary: Political Crisis and Economy

Hungary Economy Watch writes about the current political crisis in Hungary: “What is very clear, however, is that the economic backdrop to all this is simply not going to go away, whatever decisions are eventually taken on the political front. […] And since it is the economic backdrop which is...

Saudi Arabia: Electronic Games – The Good, the Bad, and the Overlooked

The newly-founded Saudi Information Technology Club, a non-profit organization established by young, Saudi IT enthusiasts and situated in the Eastern Province of the Kingdom between the cities of Dammam and Khobar, held a unique initiative which targeted the largely-overlooked subject of the effects of electronic gaming on youth. Fahad Albutairi reports from the session and brings up to date with the gaming scene in Saudi Arabia, where the average Saudi gamer spends an average of $400 annually on new video games.

Venezuela: A Month for Farewells – Part I

  1 April 2008

Even though two of Venezuela's prominent artists passed away in late 2007 and in early 2008, the month of March was a time when many gathered to pay tribute to Aldemaro Romero and Adriano González León. This is the first in a two-part series that takes a look at how Venezuelan bloggers honored the legacy of these two artists.

Jamaica: Racial Stereotypes

  1 April 2008

Ragashanti, a popular talk show host, invited listeners to weigh in on the topic of Indians in Jamaica – and the barrage of racist slurs by callers has caused an outcry. Blogger Annie Paul‘s take on all this is “that in the haste to censor if not prosecute Raga…the important...

Armenia: Environmental Exhibition

Life Around Me reports that an environmental exhibition that will run until 20 April has opened in the Armenian capital. Become the Voice of Voiceless aims to raise awareness of some of the main environmental problems facing Armenia.

Azerbaijan: Weak Regime Index

Social Science in the Caucasus comments on the latest Brookings Index of State Weakness which ranks 141 countries according to their weakness as states. The blog examines why Azerbaijan is considered the weakest of the three South Caucasus republics.

What more must Zimbabweans do?

  1 April 2008

Zimbabweans voted last week to elect their President and Members of Parliament. The official results are coming in at a frustratingly slow pace. These are the latest voices from bloggers on the ground about the elections.

Jordan: There's More to the Arab Blogosphere

“I came across an article that discusses blogging in the Arab world. It is conveniently titled ‘Blogging in the Arab World’ and yet it only discusses the Egyptian blogosphere as if it is the only active, significant, prominent blogging scene in the region. Hello? The Arab world is made up...

Korea and Japan: Korea's Role in WWII

  1 April 2008

Ampontan referred to a Korean newspapers article titled Were Koreans Oppressors in the War, or its Victims? and carried on the discussion about politics and history writing.