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2 April 2008

Stories from 2 April 2008

China: Hu Jia to be sentenced today

Blogger Hu Jia goes back on 'trial' in a few hours where it is expected he will be handed down a sentence of up to five years in prison based...

Arabeyes: April Fool's Day

Pranks were in the air across the Arab world this April Fool's Day. Ranging from an Israeli withdrawal from Palestine, to the sale of Mars to Dubai and the construction...

Romania: NATO Summit

Andy of Csíkszereda Musings writes about the NATO Summit in Bucharest: “Bucharest is being flooded with loads of violent, aggressive and corrupt criminals. Any sane immigration policy would have kept...

Ukraine: Olechko's Exhibition

Olechko is holding an exhibition of her work on April 2-4; her portfolio is here.

Bahrain: Harmony in Diversity

Over millennia, Bahrain has been an oasis of peace, embracing people of all religions, creeds and races. Bahraini blogger Christ's Blood (Ar) finds a picture of a neighbourhood in the...

Bulgaria: Rethinking History – A National Holiday in Days of Tragedy

On Feb. 28, a fire on the train from Kardam to Sofia killed nine people. The majority of Bulgarians thought that a national mourning must be declared, but the authorities...

Jordan: What Do Our Children Read?

"What do our children read?" is the question posed by Jordanian Batir Wardam (Ar), who finds himself pleading on behalf of a girl at a bookshop who wanted to buy...

Armenia: A1 Plus Anniversary

Unzipped remembers the sixth anniversary of the demise of A1 Plus, an opposition TV station stripped of its license in 2002. The blog says that when A1 Plus returns to...

Romania: NATO Summit and Bucharest Traffic

Stan Faryna translates a Romanian bloggers' report on traffic in Bucharest on the first day of the NATO Summit: "After listening to the discouraging morning traffic report on the radio,...

Brazil: They killed Chico Mendes’ ideals

Altino Machado [pt] has interviewed Ilzamar Mendes, murdered Brazilian environmental activist Chico Mendes‘ widow. “She makes a harsh assessment at the time that the Chico Mendes Virtual Committee, the Labor...

Argentina: Video of Anti-Protest in Buenos Aires

David Sasaki compiles a video complete with background information regarding the anti-protest held in Buenos Aires in support of President Cristina Kirchner and her policies, which has angered rural farmers...

Cape Verde: On the lack of a theatre in Praia

João Branco [pt] on the lack of a theatre in the Cape Verde capital: “Perhaps it is here that lies the starting point for us to question the fact that...

Chile: Web Entrepreneur Conference in Chile

Luis Ramírez provides his thoughts on the recent Webprendedor 2008 conference in Chile [es], which brought together web entrepreneurs interested in presenting their new projects.

Paraguay: Senator Candidates Suspected of Corruption

Zoopolítica [es] thinks it is rather unfortunate that 15 of the top 20 candidates for senator for the ANR party in Paraguay have been suspected of being involved with cases...

Uruguay: Where to Find Free Wi-Fi in Montevideo

Martin Balao writes and publishes a Googlemaps mashup of where one can find free wi-fi in Montevideo, Uruguay [es].

Peru: Sidewalks Off Limits

Gabriela of Seis de Enero [es] writes about her love of walking through the streets of Lima, which lately has been made more difficult due to the number of construction...

Ecuador: God in the New Constitution

During the process of rewriting Ecuador's Constitution, Cronica Cero [es] wonders if God should part of the text, but thinks that God would be more content with positive acts, rather...

Mideast Youth: Interview with Kurdish Student

Bahraini blogger Esra'a, at Mideast Youth, interviews a Kurdish student in this podcast which discusses the Kurdish situation and the hypocrisy of mainstream media towards their cause.

Brazil: No talks about politics in blogs

Leonardo Fontes [pt], still on the law that bans blogs from the elections in Brazil: “While the American presidential campaign takes place in the Internet with a strong debate that...

Costa Rica: Difficulties to Visit Spain

Juan Carlos Hidalgo links to an article and discusses how difficult it is for Costa Ricans to visit Spain, due to all of the immigration regulations.

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