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14 July 2008

Stories from 14 July 2008

Brazil: “Forget adsense, I want a banner from the Senate!”

A blogger uncovered the story: the Brazilian Senate pays a monthly fee of US$ 30,084.61 for a 120×60 banner on an unknown website. Bloggers are now humorously trying to get...

St Vincent & The Grenadines: Bollywood Magic

From St Vincent and the Grenadines, Lullabies, Fairy Tales and Other Self Delusions sees Jane Austen through an Indian film director's eyes—that's when he begins to realise he can't resist...

Trinidad & Tobago: Polluted Olympics

Looking ahead to the Olympics next month, Trinidad's Life from a caffeine hyped point of view says pollution is a sobering reality of these Games. Seeing photos of pollution, she...

Trinidad & Tobago: Internet Connection

Trinidadian blogger Four Fingers and a Thumb 2.0 learns a few things about music, and discovers there's a lot she still doesn't know about her mother.

Europe: Roma People in Italy

At A Fistful of Euros, a discussion of the situation with the Roma people in Italy, inspired by this piece from the Guardian's Comment is Free (229 comments).

Morocco: Fashion Island

Myrtus discusses fashion in the Middle East and tells us about Isla Moda (Fashion Island), a new fashion-conscious community in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Morocco: Abbas Fourak

cinema and movies shares information about Moroccan film director Abbas Fourak.

MENA: Reactions to the Mediterranean Summit

As over 40 leaders from the Mediterranean region gather in France for the inauguration of the new Union for the Mediterranean, the blogosphere is filled with mixed feelings. Jillian York...

Brazil: Senate pays 30,084.61 USD a month for banner

Carlos Cardoso [pt], from Contraditorium blog, secured a major scoop ahead of any media: according to him, the Brazilian Senate pays US$ 30,084.61 a month for a small advertising banner...

Western Sahara: Poetry and Spanish – The Permanent Links

For some cultures, it is food, for others it is music, and many cultures show their character in their architecture. For Western Sahara, one of their cultural characteristics is the...

Jamaica: Press Freedom

Jamaican blogger Diatribalist uses news clips showing an ugly interaction at a council meeting to illustrate how the media self-censors itself.

Jamaica: Conference Call

Active Voice gives an insightful report on a number of note-worthy academic gatherings, including the conference held in honour of the eminent Jamaican-born sociologist and poet MG Smith.

Hungary: Tipping; Underground Railway Museum

Hudin writes on “how tipping works in Budapest” and posts a note about the city's Underground Railway Museum.

Moldova: Transnistria's New Foreign Minister

Scraps of Moscow writes about Transnistria's new de facto foreign minister.

Cape Verde: No money for lifeguards?

“How to explain that there is no money to pay for lifeguards in our beaches, where more and more people have died? How come? Where do all fees and taxes...

Mongolia, Russia: Coverage of Unrest

Scraps of Moscow writes about the coverage of the recent unrest in Mongolia in the Russian press – here and here.

Moldova: Fear of “Colored Revolutions”

Scraps of Moscow writes about “a rather over-the-top attack on two democracy-promoting NGOs operating in Moldova,” delivered by the country's largest-circulation newspaper.

Egypt: Freedom House Report

The annual Freedom House report on Egypt is out, writes Ibn Al Dunya, who adds: “I was most fascinated by their brief historical outline, and must confess that i had...

Saudi Arabia: Pious Wife Beating

From Cairo, Tom Gara posts a video [Ar] featuring a Saudi clergyman preaching on how to discipline wives. He adds: “This clip of a Saudi cleric explaining how to properly...

Egypt: Bird Flu?

Egyptian blogger Zeinobia wonders if her country will be effected by bird flu this summer.

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