11 April 2008

Stories from 11 April 2008

Bahrain: Alcohol and Islam

Bahraini blogger Mahmood Al Yousif writes about a controversial new fatwa (religious edict), by a leading Islamic scholar, which decrees that Islam allows alcohol consumption in small quantities!

Russia: The Future

  11 April 2008

Eternal Remont writes about Vladimir Putin's future: “Indeed, this new order will more closely approximate the former Soviet model of federal governance, whereby the presidency is relegated to a symbolic office, one party dominates the legislature, and the party general secretary – in this case Putin – will exercise true...

Latvia: Referendum

  11 April 2008

Peteris Cedrins of Marginalia is one of the 213,000 people who “signed in favor of amendments to […] Latvia's Constitution, that would make it possible for the people to initiate the dissolution of Parliament”: “Still, I signed… because I trust our people — our nation — a lot more than...

Angola: No to Guillermo Habacuc and the starving dog.

  11 April 2008

Admario Lindo, who writes Angola Haria (and many other blogs in Portuguese), shares his shock[pt] about a Guillermo Habacuc Vargas‘[en] art instalation staged last year, in which a dog was bound to a wall and starved to death in front of the Costa Rica Visual Arts Biennial attendants. Admario links...

Cape Verde: Ave Mayra

  11 April 2008

Virgílio Brandão [pt] is one of the many bloggers celebrating today: Cape Verdean singer Mayra Andrade, at just 23, won the best newcomer in the BBC Radio 3 World Music Awards. “Mayra Andrade, besides excellent artist, has showed some unusual wit and clarification for someone of her age – she...

Iranian bloggers write letters to Christ

It may seem surreal, but several Muslim bloggers have written letters to Jesus Christ in their blogs complaining about Western insults against Muslims, and particularly Dutch MP Geert Wilders‘ anti-Islamic film, Fitna. Meanwhile, young Islamist Basij paramilitaries demonstrated in front of the Netherlands embassy in Tehran condemning Wilders’ film. Kosoof,...

Mozambique: Cell phone and society

  11 April 2008

Sociologist Elísio Macamo [pt] is working on an interesting series of posts about cell phone use in Mozambique. There have been five articles so far, starting with this introduction to the series last Monday: “The mobile phone, I suggest, has become the way of negotiating individuality and sense of community...

Trinidad & Tobago: Cricket Lovers

  11 April 2008

As a One Day International match comes to a nail-biting finish at the Queen's Park Oval in Trinidad, Discover TnT Blog explains why West Indians love cricket.

Jamaica: Teenaged Sex

  11 April 2008

Blogging at Yardflex.com, Rootzgirl says: “Teenage sex is rampant, as is the increasing number of teenaged pregnancies…something needs to be done…before there is no hope for this generation.”

Armenia: Post-Election Death Toll Rises

  11 April 2008

Unzipped reports that the death toll from the 1 March clashes between opposition supporters and security services has risen to nine. The latest casualty is a nineteen year old serviceman who sustained gunshot wounds during the post-election unrest. The same blog also reports that a case investigating the hit and...