13 August 2008

Stories from 13 August 2008

Georgia: Gori Bombing, Refugee Situation Update

  13 August 2008

Regional Reporters [RU] posts photos of the aftermath of a Russian air raid on the Georgian town of Gori while also posting others of shell-shocked residents. The blog also reports that Russian soldiers attacked the local church and that the Human Rights Ombudsperson of the Republic of Georgia has visited...

Iran: A conservative site was filtered

Alef, an Iranian conservative site, was filtered a few days ago. Several sites and blogs report that Alef site has published Iranian Minister of Interior's “fake” Ph.D certificate from Oxford where you can find many mistakes in English.

Mozambique: Light at the end of the tunnel

  13 August 2008

Sweden and Switzerland have announced budget support cuts to Mozambique, over claims of lack of progress from the country's government in fighting corruption. Was it actually better for the country? Amílcar da Paz finds it out in a thought-provoking article by Mozambican Sociologist Elísio Macamo.

Ukraine: Government Position Towards Georgia

  13 August 2008

LEvko of Foreign Notes comments on the attitude of the Ukrainian government towards the situation in Georgia. The Ukrainian President, accompanied by the Presidents of Estonia, Lithuania and Poland, and the PM of Latvia, is today visiting Tbilisi, he writes.

USA: Blogging for Anglican Inclusion of LGTB Priests and Bishops

  13 August 2008

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transsexual priests and bishops made efficient use of citizen media to support their campaign for inclusion in the Anglican Church at the recent Lambeth Conference, a global gathering of 650 bishops and archbishops held at the Canterbury Cathedral in the United Kingdom.

Georgia: Zugdidi

  13 August 2008

Following news of the occupation of the Georgian town of Zugdidi, Uncornered Market remembers its stay there and one of its residents who the blog says has probably fled.

Sri Lanka: Against Media

  13 August 2008

Free Media Sri Lanka on a government minister organizing an anti-media protest and calling for a ban on a particular TV station.

Haiti: Olympic Potential

  13 August 2008

“f there are indeed Haitian athletes in Beijing who decide to defect, I could not blame them”: jmc strategies compares China's progress to Haiti's, asking: “Do you think a new Haiti is possible and are you prepared to do what it takes to…get it to a point where it produces...

Saudi Arabia: Whither Saudi blogging?

Saudi Arabia has a large and active blogosphere, in which all kinds of voices and opinions can be heard, including opinions that cannot be expressed in the country's media. But can blogging play a bigger role in changing Saudi society? One blogger poses the question.

Trinidad & Tobago, Nigeria: Interconnectedness

  13 August 2008

Andre Bagoo reviews the art of Nigerian Ugochukwu Bright Eke – a winner of the Commonwealth Foundation's Arts and Craft Award, who has chosen to use his grant to work in Trinidad: “Water, skin, shelter and the sea all come together to reveal the interconnectedness between us and the environment.”

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