5 December 2008

Stories from 5 December 2008

YouTube Auditions for First Virtual Symphony Orchestra

  5 December 2008

YouTube is orchestrating an exciting new collaborative project: inviting musicians worldwide to be auditioned online for the world's first virtual symphony orchestra. Amateurs as well as professionals, have until January 28, 2008 to download sheet music, and upload videos of their performances.

Cuba: Two Sides of Che?

  5 December 2008

Havana-based Circles Robinson wonders how Cuban audiences will react to the new film about Che Guevara, while diaspora blogger Uncommon Sense advises readers to enroll in “The Ché Guevara Re-Education Program.”

Trinidad & Tobago: P of A

  5 December 2008

Trin finds the government's position on certain key issues implausible and asks: “Are exhausted people resorting to threats of violence to escape a sinking city or Trinbagonians dying from an imaginary dengue outbreak part of your vacuous plan of action for ‘nurturing a caring society'”?

Belize: Former PM Arrested

  5 December 2008

Belizean and Barbadian blog Keltruth Corp. are all over the story of the former Belizean Prime Minister being charged with the misallocation of public funds.

Jamaica: The Agony of Defeat?

  5 December 2008

Jamaican Kadene Porter, writing at Abeng News Magazine, notices that women are often less than gracious “when it comes to conceding defeat in a political campaign.”

Cuba: Government Officials Tell Bloggers to Cancel Planned Meeting

  5 December 2008

A Cuban blogger meet-up scheduled for December 6 is in danger of being cancelled by the authorities. The event, which has been in the planning stage for months and had 25 confirmed attendees, is being deemed “counterrevolutionary.” This is according to a recent conversation between officials from the Interior Ministry and one of the island's most well-known bloggers Yoaní Sánchez of Generación Y, who was one of the bloggers recently summoned to the local police station.

Brunei: Technology and Spirituality

  5 December 2008

Pixelated Scribbles from Brunei writes: “It’s great that we are technologically progressing, but it doesn’t mean that we should let our spirituality be left behind.”

Egypt: Dirty Sexy Secrets

  5 December 2008

Young enlightened Egyptian bloggers write about their society's sex code, racism, bigotry, and lust after scandals - all in an attempt to make Egypt a better place to live in. Marwa Rakha zooms into the Egyptian blogosphere to bring us the story.

Japan: Ikeda on the Fall of Japanese

  5 December 2008

Minae Mizumura‘s The Fall of the Japanese Language in the Age of English, which sparked debate recently in Japan on the future of the country's national language, is the subject of a blog post [ja] by Nobuo Ikeda. Ikeda writes that his wife had bought the book and described it...

Egypt: When Virginity is More Important than Murder

  5 December 2008

Egypt is gripped with the story of a gruesome murder, in which two university students were killed, in the upscale Sixth of October City’s Sheikh Zayed district. One of the victims is the daughter of Moroccan singer Laila Ghofran and to make the crime more interesting to readers, some newspapers started to spread rumors about the victims' lifestyle..

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