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12 April 2008

Stories from 12 April 2008

Costa Rica: A Woman President

Costa Rican president Oscar Arias said that he would do everything possible so that a woman is his successor as the leader of the nation. Juan Carlos Hidalgo took his...

Russia: Ramzan Kadyrov's Motorcade

The video of what is described to be a motorcade of Chechnya's president Ramzan Kadyrov has been viewed over 100,000 times (plus, the clip has been re-posted by a number...

Argentina: “New” Trains in Buenos Aires

TBA Me Mata [es] published a video on the “new trains” that have been bought from Spain as used trains and writes, “the tragic thing is that these trains –...

Iran: Photos from bomb explosion

Erfan from Shiraz has published several photos from bomb explosion at a mosque in southern Iranian city Shiraz where at least 8 people were killed. The blogger said he was...

Iran: A bomb explodes at mosque

A bomb exploded during prayers Saturday at a mosque in the southern Iranian city of Shiraz, killing at least eight people and wounding 66. Sayetanha,a blogger from Shiraz, says[Fa] there...

Mozambique: The first established blogger in Tete

Carlos Serra, from Diários de um Sociólogo [Sociologists Diary, in Portuguese], introduces us to Muarramuasando[pt], written by Tomás Muarramuassa, who seems to be the first established blogger in the Mozambican...

Iran:Detained Students May Face Torture

Sibiltala says[Fa] it seems that Iranian media outside Iran did not write about Human Rights Watch (HRW) recent report about four detained leftist students. HRW says “officials must investigate the...

Iran:No Olympic Torch for us

Razeno says[Fa] that 2008 Olympic Torch passes through many countries but not through Iran. The blogger adds even it passes through Pakistan where there is a lot of violence. Razeno...

Iran:Videobloggers in action

According to Iran Inside Out,a project of Rising Voices,veteran Iranian videobloggers will partner with the Tehran-based Young Cinema Society to identify aspiring young filmmakers and teach them the skills to...

Brazil: Bloggers united against WordPress ban

The Brazilian blogosphere has not quite yet recovered from its last fright and there is already another threat on the way: a blanket ban on blogs hosted on after...

El Salvador: Blogging for Justice in a Little Girl's Murder

Katya Miranda was young girl who was murdered in 1999 in El Salvador, in a crime of shocking depravity. All the charges against the suspects, who have ties with the...

Zizou from Djerba translates the Dalai Lama in Seattle

zizou from Djerba has volunteered to do live Arabic translation of the Dalai Lama's “compassion conference” in Seattle this week.

Zimbabwe: Questioning Mbeki's power

Hope is totally disappointed by the South African President, Thabo Mbeki: “Mbeki, after going to Harare to see Mugabe, says today that there is “no crisis”…I cannot believe I am...

Zimbabwe: Mugabe's rebel government

Robb discusses Mugabe's decision not to attend SADC meeting: “So when Zambian President Mwanawasa called for an emergency meeting of SADC in Lusaka today, Mugabe couldn't be bothered to attend....

Madagascar: Too much emphasis on the environment ?

Madagascar is arguably most renowned for its unique biodiversity. However, the focus on the environment is sometimes resented by Malagasies who think it diverts attention away from the hardships of...

Indonesia: Fried fish cracker

Yohana's Culinary Journey relates how Indonesians love to eat any kind of crunchy fried fish cracker. The food item is called krupuk.

Vietnam: Street food

Miss Adventure in Vietnam samples the street food of Vietnam

Thailand: YouTube self-censored lese majeste protest clip

Self-censorship on YouTube is working well - silently. One of the silently banned clips can be viewed anywhere in the world, except Thailand.

Thailand: BBC reporter charged with Lèse Majesté

Thai police officer filed a criminal complaint seeking to have British journalist, Jonathan Head, of British Broadcasting Corporation charged for insulting Thailand's king

Southeast Asia: Rising price of rice

Rice is the staple food in Southeast Asia and in many parts of the world. Many people in Southeast Asia are worried over reports that rice is getting more expensive...

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