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22 April 2008

Stories from 22 April 2008

Mexico: Sales of Tobacco Products Fell After New Laws

According to a recent survey, cigarrette and other tobacco products sales fell 42% following the passage of new laws prohibiting smoking in public spaces in Mexico, writes Vivir México [es].

Mexico: New Super Tunnel in the Capital

A new super tunnel will be built in Mexico City with a distance of 18 km and for exclusive use of cars, and would supposedly help alleviate traffic. However, México...

Ecuador: Live Blogging the Launch of Creative Commons

At the launching of Creative Commons Ecuador, Palulo [es] live blogs the event.

Costa Rica: Insecurity or the Perception of Insecurity

Mariela of Estando Viva La Víspera [es] disagrees with the Costa Rican Minister of Security, who stated that insecurity is not the problem, but rather the problem is the perception...

Colombia: Diverse Cultures in Public Universities

Lluvias de Locuras [es] provides thoughts on the public universities in Colombia and concludes that “many cultures come together that contribute to the development of the educational community, but there...

Japan: Love and Hate Story of the Mascot Character, “Sento-kun”

Creepy?! Ugly?! Sacrilegious?! Not many people are happy about the mascot character for the Commemorative Events of the 1300th Anniversary of the Nara-Heijyoko Capital to be held in 2010. The...

Russia: Two Articles

Sean's Russia Blog reviews “two must read articles on Russia.”

Slovakia: Unnerved by McCain's Logo Star

Bratislava-based Deleted by Tomorrow finds “that five-pointed star at the top [of John McCain's campaign logo] a bit unnerving.”

Bulgaria: “Options for the Disabled”

Maya Markova of Maya's Corner writes asks for help in finding a suitable institution for one disabled young woman – and describes the overall situation in Bulgaria: “After the BBC...

Serbia: Biljana Srbljanovic

Balkan Baby writes about Biljana Srbljanovic, Belgrade mayoral candidate for the Liberal Democratic Party.

Greece, Macedonia: Boycotts and Bans

Douglas Muir of A Fistful of Euros posts a brief update on the Greek-Macedonian relationship.

Romania: Electoral Reform

Dr. Sean's Diary and Fruits and Votes – on the Romanian electoral reform.

Slovakia: Euro Membership Bid

Edward Hugh of A Fistful of Euros writes in detail on Slovakia’s euro membership bid. (An update is here.)

Albania: “Albanosphere”

Douglas Muir of A Fistful of Euros posts a new installment on the “Greater Albania” – an extensive overview of the myths and facts about the “Albanosphere.”

Kuwait: Just Give Me My Espresso

With Kuwait still recovering from last week's storm, one blogger updates us with pictures of the damage left behind; another tells us about the trouble one has to go through...

Armenia: Rock Against Genocide

Unzipped says that it is thrilled to discover that there will be a Rock Against Genocide rally in the Armenian capital, Yerevan, tomorrow. The following day will mark the 93rd...

What's Carter Doing in the Middle East?

Former US President Jimmy Carter just concluded talks with Palestinian Hamas leaders in Cairo, Egypt. First, it was the turn of the US Presidential elections to snub the visit. Now,...

U.S. Papal Visit: The World Reacts

As Pope Benedict XVI makes his first papal visit to the United States, the media and blogosphere are in a frenzy - primarily due to the sexual abuse scandal that...

Dominican Republic test drives new metro system in Santo Domingo

People scream, yell and cheer as they see it pass: in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, the newest celebrity is the Metro transportation system. The city is buzzing at...

India: Cricket and the IPL

Clipboard Conversations on the Indian Premier League cricket matches that have just started.

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