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18 September 2008

Stories from 18 September 2008

Iran: An important Shi'a server was hacked

Javanrood, an Iranian blogger, says [Fa] the most important Shi'a server was hacked by Group-xp, a Wahabite group. Several high ranked clerics’ sites have been hacked too.

Madagascar: Saluting Rado, a Poet Legend

Bloggers in Madagascar mourn the passing of a renowned poet.

UK: Gay Azerbaijani Artist Faces Deportation

Unzipped: Gay Armenia reports that gay Azerbaijani artist Babi Badalov faces deportation from the U.K. this weekend. The blog has chronicled concerns about the persecution of people such as Badalov...

Eastern Europe: Victory at the Paralympics

The 8th Circle posts a list of results by the East European national teams and sportsmen at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics.

Sri Lanka: Clearing the way

Jason Motlagh reports in Untold Stories: “Journalists have been barred from covering the war in Sri Lanka's battered northern region, and now aid workers are out of the picture. As...

Nepal: Less documentaries in TV

Mediaharsha is outraged with the fact that Nepali TV channels show less documentaries.

Venezuela: Digital Workshop in Carabobo

Luis Carlos Díaz of Periodismo de Paz [es] writes about the recent workshop of the use of web 2.0 in the community of Carabobo, Venezuela. Here, students learned the use...

Environment: Interview with John Romankiewicz of China's Green Beat

China's Green Beat is an effort by “Green brothers” John Romankiewicz, Shane Zhao and Rene Ng to raise awareness about environmental issues in China. The project has developed more than...

El Salvador: The Diversity of Faces

Miguel Angel Servellón publishes some of his photography showing the diversity of faces from El Salvador [es].

Madagascar: Falling in love with Madagascar

David Sasaki loves Madagascar, an island in the Indian Ocean off the southeastern coast of Africa. And he is not the only one…

Japan: The End of OhmyNews Japan

At the end of August, 2008, OhmyNews, the citizen journalism site from South Korea that entered the Japanese market in 2006 with much fanfare, closed its doors. First officially announced...

Saudi Arabia: The need for Saudi nurses

Saudi writer Sabria Jawhar argues that more Saudi women should become nurses: “Even in 2008 a stigma that nursing is a less than noble profession remains in Saudi minds.”

Saudi Arabia: Fighting hypocrisy

Saudi blogger Sara is tired of the hypocrisy she sees around her: “an example is people in ramadan do pretty weird things .. pretending to go to a religious lecture...

Jamaica: Short Story

Jamaican litblogger Geoffrey Philp recommends “a good short story grounded in Caribbean reality, history and mythology.”

Cuba: Imprisoned Journalist Wins Award

Uncommon Sense reports that “imprisoned Cuban journalist Héctor Maseda Gutiérrez has been named a recipient of a 2008 International Press Freedom Award by the Committee to Protect Journalists.”

Environment: Polluted Fish?

La Maguerite considers whether to buy a parrot fish or not, especially after seeing the plastic pollution at a beach just the day before. “…I just wonder how safe is...

Deal Reached on Extension of Renewable Energy Tax credits

On Gristmill blog, Kate Shepard reports “The Senate appears to have reached a deal on a major tax package that includes the extension of tax credits for renewable energy that...

Moroccan Blogger acquitted by appeals court

Moroccan Blogger Mohammed Erraji has been acquitted by appeals court and is now free.

Wind Powered Rotating Skyscraper in Dubai

The Green Prophet writes about the plans for Dubai's wind powered skyscraper, which not only has ‘tremendous cool factor’ but also incorporates advanced building principles. (Also discussed on the post).

Bermuda: Tightening the Belt

Vexed Bermoothes thinks Bermudians should brace themselves for tough economic times ahead: “It’s time to rein in the spending … and fast.”

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