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26 August 2008

Stories from 26 August 2008

Serbia: Belgrade's New Mayor; Monopoly

East Ethnia reports that Belgrade has got a new mayor – and is now featured in the international version of Monopoly.

Ukraine: “Gender Equality and Genuine Democracy”

Mayia guestblogs at The 8th Circle about “gender and democracy” in Ukraine.

Yemen: The Wooden Windows of Seiyoun

Yemeni Omar Barsawad takes us to the picturesque village of Seiyoun, where beautifully adorned doors and windows were traditionally made out of wood. Barsawad posts a few pictures to illustrate...

UAE: Favourite Show Host Interview

From the United Arab Emirates, Fahad shares with us an interview [Ar] with his favourite television show host.

Morocco: Giving in the Facebook

Moroccan author and blogger Laila Lalami gives in to temptation and signs up for a Facebook account.

Brazil: Church demands justice do ban sexy pic on Playboy

Milton Ribeiro [pt] reports that the Brazilian Justice has banned a photo in August edition of Playboy, after complains from the Catholic Church because the model was holding a crucifix....

Macau: Crime rates on the rise

Leocardo [pt] remarks that crime rates in on the rise in Macao: “In general, crime has increased more than 11% this year compared with the same period last year. We...

Brazil: Independent newspaper arrives to the web

Jornal Pessoal [Personal Newspaper, pt], an independent newspaper that goes out every other week since 1987 in the outskirt of Amazon, Belém do Pará city in Brazil, has finally arrived...

Sao Tome and Principe: Reflecting on value crises

Wilson Bragança [pt] talks about value crises, a subject that tends to repeat itself cyclically in all generations. “What seems to be happening now, in our society, is that conduct,...

East Timor: Wikileaks on Ramos-Horta attempted assasination

Timor Online [pt] posts a link to documents related to the attempted assassination of East Timor President Ramos-Horta, in 2008, from Wikileaks. They are in English and the bloggers are...

Georgia: Blogging from Poti

Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty is once again blogging from Georgian towns under Russian military occupation. The station's Tea Absaridze is providing daily updates on the situation in the...

Paraguay: President Lugo to Forgo Salary

Fernando Lugo's presidency started with an announcement that he would forgo his monthly salary. "I don't need that salary, which belongs to the poor," said Lugo. Different local bloggers see...

Trinidad & Tobago, U.S.A.: Michelle Did Well

Trinidadian blogger Afrobella is a “great admirer of Michelle Obama” and thinks she nailed her speech at the Democratic National Convention, calling it “poignant and resonant”.

Trinidad & Tobago: Leatherback Hatchlings

Now is Wow Too posts video of Leatherback turtle hatchlings in Grande Riviere, Trinidad, as they make their first trip out to sea.

Russia, Georgia: Unilateral Recognition of Abkhazia's and South Ossetia's Independence

Russia has formally recognized the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia today. Below are some of the initial reactions from LiveJournal's Cyrillic sector.

St. Vincent & the Grenadines: Rapist at Large

The women of St. Vincent and the Grenadines are under siege by a serial rapist and Abeni is “very uneasy about the whole scenario…I have now developed an intense hatred...

Jamaica: Gustav etc.

As Jamaican Annie Paul waits for Hurricane Gustav “to huff and puff and blow our house down”, she blogs about everything from Usain Bolt-inspired dance moves to Michelle Obama: “(She)...

Guyana: Reporter Fired?

Living Guyana says that a journalist has allegedly been fired for writing a less-than-glowing account of the Carifesta Opening Ceremony, which Signifyin’ Guyana agrees the reporter correctly described as “disappointing”.

Georgia: Photo Blogs

Georgia & South Caucasus posts a selection of images from two photo blogs taken in the aftermath of the Russian-Georgian conflict over South Ossetia. The photos include those of IDPs...

Barbados: To Sign or Not To Sign

“The buzz issue in the Caribbean media in recent weeks is whether the CARIFORUM members will sign-on to the CARIFORUM/EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA)”: Barbados Underground examines a few of...

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