Stories from 9 April 2008
Seventeen hours after its creation, the Flickr group "NO VIDEO ON FLICKR!!!" already has more than 5475 members and 670 items. What is even more amazing is that another group, "We Say NO to Videos on Flickr", created 2 hours later, has more than double the number of members of the previously mentioned group, and both are composed of flickr users who oppose the idea of having video on the platform traditionally used for uploading pictures. On the other hand, the groups created for uploaded videos hardly have more than 30 members yet. What is the reason for this insatisfaction with Yahoo and Flickr's decision to make video uploading and viewing possible on their site?
20 East writes about the sorry state of Polish football: problems include racism and corruption.
Say: Macedonia speaks up against “radicalism” that seems to be more and more prevalent in the Greek-Macedonian relations: “I wish to condemn any violent form of ‘resolving’ the issue and to ask everybody to cool down, because the problem will stay, and in the meantime the gap between the two...
Andrés Pucci [es] and Renzo Colanzi [es] have started an online campaign against poor service by the supermarket Hipermaxi in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Colanzi writes that the supermarket has begun the habit of giving out candy instead of coins, of which they claim they are out. He makes the calculation...
Hungarian Spectrum writes about Hungarian intellectuals in politics.
“The local council elections were today, but their results were a foregone conclusion even before the country’s largest opposition group, the Muslim Brotherhood, withdrew its candidates and called for a boycott,” writesElijah Zarwan, from Egypt, who goes on to discuss the Mahalla protests and general strike.
Balkan Baby writes about the Vukovar massacre and the trial of Bogdan Kuzmic.
Egyptian blogger Sandmonkey provides us with updates about a riot which rocked Al Mahalla, in Egypt, with photographs, in this post.
Bahraini blogger Mahmood Al Yousif announces the country's first farmer's market, being held at a garden centre this weekend.
Balkan Baby writes about the re-election of Filip Vujanovic as Montenegro’s president last weekend.
A Fistful of Euros believes that having former Czech president Vaclav Havel “as the first permanent president of the EU could be ideal as Europe continues to try to get over the divisions of the 20th century.”
A new TGI Friday's has opened in Rabat and Pink Hijab brings us the story.
Bahraini blogger Ammar laughs his way through the opening of a new project in Bahrain.
Lebanese blogger Pink Ployd from Blogging Beirut has launched “I Love Gemmayze,” a campaign protesting the curfew imposed by authorities on the pubs and nightclubs of Gemmayze, a district of Beirut.
Jomhour writes[Fa] that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says that some ministers should leave government because country needs progress and innovation.The blogger adds may be it is time that Ahmadinejad resigns too.
On publishing a Guardian video about the situation in Tibet, Daniel Arruda [pt] comments: “The sentences are clear: “China does not want the reality of Tibet to be known” or “the Chinese propaganda machine started working.” A video that shows what many of our commentators have tried to deny.”
Kourosh Ziabari admires Sania Mirza,a Muslim tennis player from India.
“We are discussing the superiority of Western Christian civilization over the indigenous peoples because of infanticide. Well, we may disagree, and want to do something about it, but the indigenous tribes do what they do for one reason clear: in their way of life, it is very difficult to keep...
Farmers using SMS to get coffee prices in Uganda: “Tonight, a hundred and fifty farmers and their families who I have never met will be going to bed better off. Not only is this significant for the farmers, it's also significant for me. Because without FrontlineSMS, which is being used...
Kikuyumoja wants to know the number of Africans on Twitter: “How many African twitterdudes & -dudettes are there on Twitter? Am asking because of my friends on facebook who feel like being spammed with “JKE is twittering:…” messages on their feed pages. I’ve received at least two “what is this...
Meena Kandasamy on caste and male sexuality in Kerala, India.