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8 April 2008

Stories from 8 April 2008

Cuba: Thank Heavens for the Flash Drives

Potro Salvaje [es], the Cuban blog devoted to writing about the difficulties to access the internet on the island writes, “Cubans have a new saint. It is a small and...

Bolivia: How Some Postal Workers Add to Pay

The Bolivian post office is striking and asking for an increase in wages, but the blogger A.L.K.O.L.I.C.A [es] writes about other ways that some postal workers have added to their...

Iran: Ahmadinejad calls for innovation

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad,Iranian president, in his recent post in his blog,says[Fa] country needs innovation and we should not confuse laziness and conservatism with rationality.He asks people not to be afraid of...

Palestine: Daily Kos to Visit Israel

Palestinian blogger Haitham Sabbah comments on the Daily Kos‘ anticipated visit to Israel in this post.

Cuba: Blocked Blogger Yoani Sánchez Receives Prestigious Award

Yoani Sánchez, one of Cuba's most popular bloggers and a recent victim of blocking by the country's authorities, was recently awarded the Ortega and Gasset prize in Journalism from the...

Turkey: What if Iraq is Split?

Turkish blogger Metin asks “What's in a name?” following Greece's vetoing Macedonia's bid to enter Nato. He also asks: “What if, when the U.S. troops leave Iraq (but not its...

Israel: Funny Movie Translations from English to Hebrew

Can you guess what American movie title was translated into Hebrew as “The Gun Dies Laughing?” A translator's job is not just about language, but cultural and slang savvy. Blogger...

Israel: Egyptian Goose Spotted in Tel Aviv

Something you may not know about Israel is that it is an orthnologist's dream. At the crux of transcontinental migration patterns, Israel is well known as a bird lovers’ paradise....

Israel: Wild Boars in Haifa, Oh My

Mia the Ima reports that there are wild boars in Haifa. The City of Haifa has passed a new law legalizing wild boar hunting to cut down its burgeoning population....

Yemen: Mideast Youth Blocked

“Walid al-Saqaf, the creator of YemenPortal.net, whose ban in Yemen we are actively campaigning against, informed us that we have just been banned in Yemen. This is because Walid launched...

Iran:Poor city and nuclear city

Mehriran has published several photos of Hamidieh, a city without running water in Khuzestan province.This city is near to Bushehr where Iran has constructed its nuclear reactor.

Iran: A woman activist was arrested

According to Change for Equality,on the morning of April 8th,Iranian security police forcibly entered the home of Khadijeh Moghaddam, women’s rights activist and member of the One Million Signatures Campaign...

Nigeria: Condom ban

An article about condom ban in Anambra, Nigeria: “It is now illegal to encourage the use of condoms in southeast Nigeria's Anambra State. The state government has also banned the...

Zimbabwe: An eyewitness account

An eyewitness account of elections in Zimbabwe: “I travelled up to Zimbabwe on Tuesday the 25th March to help the MDC Tsvangirai faction with election preparations. I volunteered to help...

Zimbabwe: Verifying votes in secrecy

Brenda Burrel blogging about the latest turn of events in Zimbabwe: “According to the MDC’s latest press statement the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has disbanded the National Command Centre and...

Kenya: Cabinet talks suspended

Phil writes about the recent development in Kenya cabinet talks: “Tension is steadily building around the country following the collapse of talks between PNU and ODM towards the formation of...

Nigeria: A nation of police

Black Looks discusses two controversial Bills in Nigeria: “Although the Nigerian Same Sex Marriage Bill of 2006 appears to be at least temporarily shelved, no one knows if and when...

Kenya: SMS political campaign

Political use of mobile technology in Kenya: “Kenyans for Peace and Justice (KPTJ) have launched a SMS campaign to urge politicians to fight against a bloated Cabinet. Given the current...

Bahamas: Economic Implications

“There seems to be considerable fear among the local intelligentsia…that signing on to the European Partnership Agreement (EPA) is the thin end of the wedge that will ultimately force us...

Barbados, Cuba: Blogger Wins Award

Bajan Global Report notes that “Yoani Sanchez has been awarded one of Spain’s top journalism awards…for her ’shrewdness’ in overcoming hurdles to freedom of expression in Cuba, her vivacious style...

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