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15 June 2008

Stories from 15 June 2008

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EmPivot: Green media aggregator

  15 June 2008

EmPivot is a website made for sharing videos with a specific theme: environment. This green-related media content is added to the website so that people, organizations and companies can connect with each other with this same interest between them. EmPivot, as they explain on their website, comes from the word...

Paraguay: Producing a Bill Gates

  15 June 2008

Liam of Políticamente Incorrecto [es] reflects on the state of the Paraguayan educational system and cites a recent interview conducted with Bill Gates. The interviewer asked him whether he would have had the same success if he would have been born in another country like Paraguay.

El Salvador: Funes Continues to Lead by Wide Margins

  15 June 2008

The presidential candidate for the FMLN party in El Salvador, Mauricio Funes, continues to lead by nearly 19 percentage points over ARENA candidate Rodrigo Ávila. Hunnapuh [es] notes that this latest survey took place after the revelations of possible links between FMLN party members and the FARC noting that it...

Iran:Sex scandal in University

Several Iranian news sites and blogs including Moeini reported [fa] that Hassan Madadi,Vice president of Zanjan University, was caught on film by students as he was taking off his shirt and allegedly about to take sexual advantage of a female student.

Brazil: World (not) Naked Bike Ride

  15 June 2008

In the Brazilian version of the World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR), in São Paulo, nudism was ruled out: “According to the a lieutenant who was patrolling the demonstration, the order was to arrest anybody who displays their genitalia. In other words, it is fine to protest… but not naked. The funny...

Libya: Father's Day

Anglo-Libyan, who lives in the UK, celebrated Father's Day today. “Today in Britain we celebrate Father's Day,while I think everyday should be fathers & mothers day but still it is nice to have a special day dedicated to all the dads out there who usually have to put up with...

South Africa: MXit vs Facebook

  15 June 2008

Comparing MXit and Facebook in South Africa: “BMI-TechKnowledge Group have released a Digital Lifestyles Predictions report with some really interesting info re: MXit and Facebook use within the major cities of South Africa with this pretty graph to go with it.”

Africa: African Wildlife in photos

  15 June 2008

Photos of African wildlife: “Actually, this week it should be called the ‘Weekly High Eight’ as I had quite a bit of trouble choosing only five images and so I thought I would just add the lot! Nature, and African wildlife specifically, offers us so much visual beauty and having...

Zimbabwe: Morgan Tsvangirai campaign on Google Earth

  15 June 2008

Morgan Tsvangirai campaign in Zimbabwe on Google Earth: “I’ve compiled Morgan Tsvangirai’s campaign from June 2nd until yesterday, with information on campaign stops, detentions by police, vehicle impoundments, and references to all information from on-line news sources. I’ll update it as required. The tour will take you round parts of...

Nigeria: The Nigeria Entertainment Awards

  15 June 2008

Ladybrille writes about the Nigeria Entertainment Awards: “The Nigeria Entertainment Awards [NEA], established only three years ago and held in New York City, each year, is one such event that is highly anticipated. The event which showcases the contributions of Nigerian Artists to the world, struggled, in its infancy, to...

Nigeria: Are Nigerians abroad more “human”?

  15 June 2008

Adeola discusses the treatment of Nigerians at home and abroad: “Why do the foreign embassies respect Nigerians living abroad but disrespect Nigerians at home? Why are they more relaxed with their visa application rules with the same Nigerians abroad than at home? Are Nigerians abroad more human than Nigerians at...

South Africa: Scholarships for Highway Africa 2008

  15 June 2008

Highway Africa announces scholarships for practicing journalists: “Highway Africa has a limited number of scholarships for practising African journalists who are keen on learning and using digital media. PLEASE NOTE THE EMPHASIS ON PRACTISING JOURNALISTS.”

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Blogger of the Week: Solana Larsen

  15 June 2008

This week's blogger of the week is Solana Larsen, who is celebrating her one-year anniversary as managing editor of Global Voices Online this month. Described as 'cool, calm and collected', read on to see what makes Solana tick!

Kyrgyzstan: A Nation Is Grieving for Chingiz Aitmatov

Ben Paarmann writes in honor of Kyrgyzstan author Chingiz Aitmatov who died on Tuesday this week, at the age of 79. "Thanks to Chingiz Aitmatov, Central Asian traditions, lifestyles, myths - but most importantly - a transcendental Central Asian "feeling" became part of Soviet culture, known and celebrated beyond the borders of the former empire." writes Paarmann.

Bahrain: Where's My Breakfast?

“Who cares about oil prices? Sure it’s at $139 at close in NY yesterday, but it’s still cheaper than water. The issue I have is not that, it is the complete absence of Weetabix from the local market. How can one have a decent breakfast if there is no Weetabix?”...

Malawi: Going back to Malawi

  15 June 2008

Malawian blogger says “Goodbye Sweden”: “Time came when I came. Time has gone and I should be gone back to Malawi after two years of great stay in Örebro, Sweden. It has been a time well spent. Numerous experiences both good and bad.”

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