7 April 2008

Stories from 7 April 2008

Iran: A temple for God

Khouz News has published a photo of Choghazanbil, a temple for God, in Khouzestan Province in Iran.Choghazanbil is one of the three ancient monuments in Iran which have been registered in the Index of World Heritage.Read more here in English.

Iran: Mugabe and Ahmadinejad

Moeeni, an Iranian blogger, has published a photo of Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, with president Robert Mugabe from Zimbabwe. The blogger considers[Fa] Ahmadinejad's close relationship with leaders like Mugabe who destroyed their own country, is a bad thing for Iran and Iranians.

Armenia: Political Spring Poem

The Armenaker Kamilion posts an English translation of a post-election poem written by fugitive radical opposition leader Nikol Pashinian. The young newspaper editor is currently on the run following the 1 March clashes between opposition supporters and the security services in Yerevan.

Armenia: Women's Day Protest

  7 April 2008

The Armenian Observer reports on a small gathering outside the general prosecutor's office in Yerevan to protest the imprisonment of their male relatives following the 1 March post-election clashes between the opposition and police. The event was staged to mark Motherhood and Beauty Day and the post also includes a...

Armenia: The Cruelest Month

Blogian says that April has always been considered the cruelest month and, with the inauguration of president-elect Serge Sargsyan scheduled to be held on Wednesday, offers some suggestions to defuse tensions after the disputed 19 February presidential election.

South Africa: Deep roots of AIDS denialism

  7 April 2008

Pierre writes about the deep roots of AIDS denialism: “I have wondered for a long time, for example, why so few poor and black South Africans have spoken out against the HIV/Aids dissidence of President Thabo Mbeki and his Health Minister, Manto Tshabalala-Msimang.”

Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe in photos final edition

  7 April 2008

The story of Zimbabwe in pictures has come to an end: “Many thanks for your overwelming response to our photo-newsletter. This is our final edition. As you read this Zimbabweans and the world –at-large are sitting on the edge – anxious to know the full results. We hope that the...

Ghana: Elections 2008

  7 April 2008

From Ghana Elections blog 2008: “The Interim National Chairman of the Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), Alhaji Issaka has filed nomination to contest the flagbearership of the party. He will be battling it out with another aspirant, a communications consultant Mr. Emmanuel Ansah Antwi.”

South Africa: SA Blog Awards 2008

  7 April 2008

A video of the South African Blog Awards night: “If you weren't able to attend the awards night, see what went down. Here is a video of the event put together by the guys at Zoopy. Thanks.”

Nepal: Goodbye Nepal

  7 April 2008

In a rather evocative post, Kathmandu Speaks writes about the decision to leave the country – seeking better opportunities.

India: Cricket and the Media

  7 April 2008

An absurd set of regulations set by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) which requires photographers to submit any photograph taken in a cricket match to be approved for publishing has the Unofficial IPL Blog up in arms.

Jamaica: Film Without Music?

  7 April 2008

“After Rita Marley sold her book to The Weinstein Company as basis for a Bob Marley biopic, she says the deal did not include any rights to the Legend's music…”: Abeng News Magazine reports.

Barbados, U.S.A.: Thanks, Obama

  7 April 2008

Regardless of the eventual outcome of the US elections, Living in Barbados thinks that Barack Obama deserves kudos for doing “much to bring to the fore some of the fluff and confusion in discussions about race and colour.”

Russia: “A NATO Summit For Putin”

Transatlantic Politics writes about Vladimir Putin, “the real winner of the NATO summit in Bucharest”: “Perhaps, in the end, Putin smiles because he knows the truth: Putin has also looked into the West’s eyes to see its soul and has found that the West is lacking both a soul and...

Jamaica, Canada: Homosexual Boycott?

  7 April 2008

“I do not want any public campaign telling the children of Jamaica that homosexuality is alright…I don't want to see two men kissing in public, nor two women joining hands in marriage…” Stunner's Afflictions puts in his two cents’ worth on news that a leading human rights organisation in Canada...