10 July 2008

Stories from 10 July 2008

Iran:Pictures do not Lie!

Kamnagir, an Iranian blogger, points out that a photograph published of the recent missile tests in Iran is from the same test that was photographed 2 years ago. Read more in View From Iran and New Yrok Times blog.

India: Politician Blogging

  10 July 2008

After film stars, it is now politicians who take to blogging. The popular and controversial politician Laloo Prasad Yadav writes on the Indo-US nuclear deal.

Colombia: Humane Group Protests Circus Animal Cruelty

  10 July 2008

AHURA, the Humanitarian Association for Animal Rescue, peacefully protested last Monday in Bucaramanga against the Mexican Circus, part of the Hermanos Gasca circus company who uses animals as part of their act. On their FaceBook cause page, they tell of how in Pereira, another city in Colombia, the protests achieved the liberation of a small elephant who will now be free of reported abuse and will stay in a zoo. Videos of circus animal abuse in the region have made their rounds on the internet, sparking protests and confusions as to what is really going on in the circuses that are visiting Colombia.

Grenada: Election Upset

  10 July 2008

The National Democratic Congress has won a landslide election victory in Grenada, Carriacou and Petit Martinique. Blah Bloh Blog reports on the results of the polls, which dramatically unseated the incumbent Prime Minister, Keith Mitchell, and his New National Party.

Cuba: Family Travel to Cuba

  10 July 2008

The US Congress has approved a 2009 fiscal spending bill containing a controversial provision that lifts family travel restrictions to Cuba. Uncommon Sense believes this would “restore some humanitarian sanity by helping break the barriers between Cubans who have been able to leave the country and loved ones they left...

Japan: Apologize for Graffiti in Florence

  10 July 2008

James from Japan Probe wrote a sum-up on the Graffiti scandal in Japan: A Japanese teenager who was caught on video daubing graffiti on the Duomo in Florence flew back to the Renaissance city at her own expense to apologise.

Bermuda: Funding Dilemna

  10 July 2008

Vexed Bermoothes is sceptical about his government's decision to subsidise the University of the West Indies. He says it “would make far more sense to simply boost the scholarship funds available to Bermudian students by the same sum.”

China: Olympic Bible Cover

  10 July 2008

Rob from Black and White Cat blogs about the publishing of New Testament's “Special Edition for the Beijing 2008 Olympic game”.

And here comes Global Voices in Italian!

  10 July 2008

Many of our dearest supporters have already heard the big news released on the second day of Global Voices Citizen Media Summit in Budapest, Hungary. We officially re-launched three Global Voices Lingua sites: Hindi, Macedonian, and Albanian, and introduced a brand new language to our global readers: “Global Voices in Italian“!

Soviet History: Politcal Jokes

One more review, by Edward Lucas, of the book on Soviet-time jokes – and one more joke from the book: “Who built the White Sea canal [Stalin’s single most murderous slave-labour project]?” “The left bank was built by those who told the jokes, and the right bank by those who...

Barbados: Tourist Trap

  10 July 2008

Barbados Underground questions whether the increase in the cost of a visitor driving permit from $10 to $100 would harm the island's vital tourism industry.

China: Forum Language

  10 July 2008

Xiao He 1120 posted some terms such as “brick” (means substantial article), “water” (empty words), “push” (recommend), etc. commonly used in Chinese forums for new users in clubcat.

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