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21 July 2008

Stories from 21 July 2008

Israel, Lebanon: Russophone Bloggers Discuss Prisoner Exchange Deal

While some bloggers from the former Soviet Union take interest in the Middle Eastern affairs out of idle (or not so idle) curiosity, for others Israel is home, and so...

Brazil: Portugal ratifies Portuguese language agreement

Portugal's President Anibal Cavaco Silva has ratified the agreement to standardise the Portuguese language and its spelling in a move to make the language, spoken in 8 countries, more uniform...

Malawi: Introduction of female condoms

Stories on Malawi reports the introduction of female condoms in the Malawian market.

Angola: On Africa's oilfields

Pitigrili [pt] retorts to an article about Africa's oilfields on a newspaper which stated that few will benefit from Africa's oil boom: “Of course, the Western multinationals don't like the...

D.R. of Congo: Ceasefire violations

Accross the divide: Analysis and anecdote from Africa comments on the ceasfire violations of the Goma Peace Agreement, according to a Human Right Watch communique. He says: “civilians continue to...

“La Chinafrique”: A book review

Théophile Kouamouo [Fr] reviews in his blog the book La Chinafrique: Pékin à la conquête du continent noir by Serge Michel and Michel Beuret, about the Chinese presence in Africa....

Kenya: School fires

In Ritch's World is alarmed by the recent “spate of mysterious fires” in Kenyan schools. He says: “Most of these schools do not have warning systems that would help to...

India: Iranian queer couple

Iranian Queer Foundation on the case of a gay Iranian couple who are waiting in India to be resettled in Canada.

Sri Lanka: Licenses for Mobile Phones

LirneAsia on the welcome delay in introducing individual licenses for using mobile phones in Sri Lanka.

Pakistan: Violent Investors

A persistent decline in share prices causes investors to turn violent at the Karachi Stock Exchange. More at CHUP!

Pakistan: Water Conservation

Pakistaniat on the issue of water conservation in the cities of Pakistan.

Syria: Nudity and Moral Decay

How much nudity on television can be considered as art, and how much of it contributes to moral decay? Syrian blogger Emad [Ar] tries to answer this question in the...

Kuwait: Beware of Thieves

Kuwaiti blogger Frankom [Ar] warns travellers from thieves in this post.

Saudi Arabia: Segregation on the blogroll?

It is well known that segregation of the sexes in Saudi Arabia exists in everyday life - but what about online? Can the names of male and female bloggers exist...

Japan: Communist Party gets boost from Nico Nico Douga

It is a long time since the Japanese Communist Party had any luck in Japanese politics, but with help from no other than Japan's popular video sharing site, Nico Nico...

Trinidad & Tobago: Practice Makes Perfect

“Life is a practice rushing at you, overwhelming you, tumbling you to your core. Who is throwing you your lifeline?” Blogging from Trinidad and Tobago, Attillah Springer asks some searching...

Haiti: Woman PM?

kiskeácity reports that the woman to be nominated for the post of Haitian Prime Minister is battling “a vicious campaign of innuendo and allegations about her sexual orientation”, but her...

Trinidad & Tobago: Line Up

Trinidadian Andre Bagoo notices that he spends much of his life in a line: “This is the fate of a society dominated by industrial forces, forces that literally turn us...

Cuba: Nothing is Free

A long wait at a “free” clinic gets Yoani Sanchez thinking about the true cost of freedom: “I imagine that Aladdin’s lamp, rubbed by eleven million Cubans, has succeeded in...

Jamaica: Glass Casket

Francis Wade has the strange experience of driving behind a hearse that was transporting “the dearly departed” in a glass casket: “Perhaps this is something that every Jamaican who lives...

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