Stories from 5 August 2008
Balkanikum [French] posted an interview with Croatian writer Dubravka Ugrešić, published by H-Alter on the occasion of the publication of her latest novel in French, Baba Yaga a pondu de oeufs (not yet published in English).
Pawlina of the blog Nash Holos comments on an article about internet hackers in Russian forums hackers calling for a large-scale attack on the computer networks of government institutions in Ukraine because of its NATO aspirations.
Dzutsev's Weblog reports that one of the few websites presenting independent news on Ingushetia, ingushetiya.ru, probably will have to be closed because its editor has had to seek refuge in Western Europe due to political persecution.
Babel Tallinn posts a review of the recent documentary The Singing Revolution (Laulev Revolutsioon) about the period 1986-1991, when Estonia – along with Latvia and Lithuania – gradually reconquered its independence.
Still waiting (updating below) for more details, but Qik.com vlogger Noel Hidalgo is at the scene and giving updates via Twitter. Here's a video he took just a few minutes ago not far from the Olympic bird's nest: Noel has just finished uploading a second video, in which he reports...
Duarte Figueiredo [pt] echoes the piece of news that the President of Guinea-Bissau, Joao Bernardo “Nino” Vieira, decided on the dissolution of the National Parliament today, “given the serious institutional crisis” that the country faces. Elections take place on November 16.
The electoral campaign in Angola starts officially today and Wanderley Ribeiro [pt] is motivated: “Angolan brothers, let us all be prepared and united to choose the party that we will help in the development of Angola”. The first parliamentary poll since 1992 takes place next Sept 05. Presidential elections are...
Sérgio Coutinho [pt] blogs about an US video showing an Arkhos Biotech campaign to give international investors control over the Amazon rainforest. “It is impressive how the viewer's intelligence is underestimated in the name of personal wealth.” Visit the blog to see the video in English.
Désiré Elisée [pt] on Guinea-Bissau's economic, socio and political situation, which, according to him, doesn't get any better. “There are no good fairies, or magic wands, but there must be good will, technical competence and sense of state not to be up a “gum-three”.
Daniel Florêncio [pt] comments on the rallies demanding investigations into Gilmar Mendes, the president of the Brazilian Supreme Court, over allegations of corruption. “If you take part, take photos, make movies, talk to people who went there and write in your blog on the issue. Publish all the material and...
Sérgio Amadeu [pt] argues that the cybercrime bill proposed for Brazil will put DHCP protocol networks at risk because it enables free and anonymous surfing, the same for wireless networks which allow free public access. “(Senator) Azeredo will create a new cost for Brazil: the cost of digital communication”. Meanwhile...
“Are Arab-American men really losers?” wonders Asoom, a young Arab-American woman - or are the parents of potential brides out of touch with reality when it comes to selecting a suitable son-in-law?
Following the failed referendum in Latvia on constitutional amendments, Baltic reports that President Valdis Zatlers and – so far – the Civic Union party (PS) are instead putting forward their respective proposals for constitutional amendments to an extraordinary session of the Latvian parliament – the Saeima.
From Jordan, Tololy finds it unacceptable that t-shirts for children are on sale, featuring the actors in a popular Turkish soap opera, Noor and Muhannad, that has been dubbed into Arabic. More on the story can be found here.
Highly recommend you read this post from media psychologist Pamela Rutledge which would have Chinese bloggers doing countless push-ups if they (could) read it. On the recent terrorism incidents: “I can’t imagine the hoopla in Homeland Security if the U.S. had been getting the amount of terrorist threats that China...
Ethan blogs about biomass charcoal in Eastern Congo.
NaijaEcash writes about Forex Trading in Nigeria asking, “Who makes the money?“
Kenyan Pundit writes about a project using blogs to give street children in Kenya a space to express themselves.
Video Journalist Africa blogs about the 24-years-old Sharif Osman who survives on letting tourists in Kenya take a ride on his camel.
On the 4th of August 1995 the largest European land offensive since World War II started in Central Croatia, in the area of Krajina. Until then Croatian Serbs were the majority population there, but a few days later there were no Serbian families left in this area. For that reason it was called Operation Storm (Operacija Oluja). Bloggers comment on the anniversary.
Mohammad Online [Ar], from Syria, is annoyed with the red carpet reception a visiting Turkish actor has received in his country. For more on this story, click here.