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17 May 2008

Stories from 17 May 2008

Argentina: High Speed Train a Bad Idea

The constuction of a high speed train linking the Argentine cities of Buenos Aires and Rosario and Córdboa is ready to begin at a cost of 4 billion dollars. Fabio...

Iraq: BlogIraq is Dead

I am sad to report the death of Ahmed the writer of the blog BlogIraq who was murdered in the Al-Mansour district of Baghdad. May he rest in peace. Also,...

Venezuela: World Day Against Homphobia Events in Caracas

Luis Carlos Díaz of Periodismo de Paz [es] writes about the events that will take place in Caracas, Venezuela on the World Day Against Homophobia.

Lebanon: Agree or stay away

“On the way to Beirut International Airport, members of the ‘Handicapped Union’ and other NGOs tell Lebanon's politicians, war lords, inflated clowns & others not to return if they fail...

El Salvador: The Capital City's Vulnerability to Earthquakes

Tim Muth links to a report that found the San Salvador, El Salvador is the 7th most vulnerable city to earthquakes and that a 6.0 rated quake could cause 11,500...

Brazil: Making your blog speak tongues

Tiago Dória [pt] tips bloggers about Der Mundo, a multilingual publishing tool for blogs whose “idea is to follow a hybrid model in which machine and the readers themselves translate”....

Armenia: Sirusho Eurovision Interview

Krik! Music Corner posts an interview it held with Armenia's entry into the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest, Sirusho, while she was on promotional tour last week. The blog was impressed...

Armenia: Sirusho Eurovision Rehearsal, Opposition Urges Boycott

The Armenian Observer posts video of the first rehearsal by Armenia's entry into next week's Eurovision Song Contest in Belgrade, but also reports that opposition plans to urge a boycott...

Serbia: International Day Against Homophobia

On the International Day Against Homophobia, Serbian political activist and writer Jasmina Tesanovic re-posted a statement from Labris, a Serbian lesbian human rights organization, on her blog. Sinisa Boljanovic has...

Diaspora: Armenian-American Homophobia

Writing on its blog, The Armenian Gay & Lesbian Association of New York reports on a recent anti-homophobic event at a Glendale school and the ensuing battle of words that...

Brazil: Brazilian Network of Virtual Memory

Marcos Palacios [pt] brings the news of a project that aims to automate and make available online collections of all national institutions which have a visual or textual heritage. “The...

Armenia: News Roundups

The Armenian Observer rounds up and comments on the news headlines of the week. Not unpredictably, the main topic discussed in the local media was the post-election situation in Armenia...

Armenia: International Day Against Homophobia

To mark International Day Against Homophobia, Unzipped: Gay Armenia posts its Unzipped: Gay Armenia List 2008 which recognizes individuals, organizations, media outlets, blogs and events which have worked towards promoting...

China: Right Time to Question

Many comments said that the whole nation should focus on rescue and put aside criticisms. Garbledtext from Bullog pointed out that it is a right time to question in order...

Japan: Bloggers criticize Greenpeace over whale-meat theft

The reputation of Greenpeace Japan appears to have dropped a few notches this week, with news that the organization, in order to expose the theft of whale meat by crew...

China: Dealing with Negative Comments

China Digital Times has a post on how the Chinese police are using their own forum participants and blog comment makers  to deal with online negative comments. (via Imagethief)

Japan: Japan and the iPod

GT!Blog explores 30 years of history to answer the question: Why didn't Japan create the iPod?

Ukraine: A Blog on Crimea and Crimean Tatars

Lots of interesting and informative posts on Crimea and Crimean Tatars, including the most recent one, with photos, about Khydyrlez, “the annual Crimean Tatar May celebration of strength and vitality”...

Ukraine: 64th Anniversary of Sürgün

J. Otto Pohl reminds readers that this coming Sunday, May 18, marks the 64th anniversary of Sürgün, the mass deportation of Crimean Tatars in 1944.

Slovakia: Foreigners

The Foreigner's Guide to Living in Slovakia writes about what it feels like to be a foreigner in Slovakia.

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