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26 December 2008

Stories from 26 December 2008

Serbia: Christmas in January

Belgraded explains the advantages of celebrating Christmas in January.

Russia: The New York Times’ LJ is One Year Old

The New York Times‘ Clifford J. Levy writes on The Lede about the first anniversary of the paper's interactive Russian-language LJ blog: “The results far exceeded my expectations. The blog...

Ethiopia: Most popular stories of 2008

EthioBlog at Nazret.com posted a list of the top 50 stories of 2008 in this popular Ethiopian news portal. At the top of the list there's a story about Forbes...

Iran: Islamist bloggers support Gaza

Several Islamist bloggers have launched a campaign against the Gaza Strip blockade and to ask worldwide Muslims to help Palestinians. The bloggers have used different tools such as Google bombs...

Egyptian and Tunisian Bloggers against Censorship

In December 2006 frustrated Tunisian bloggers launched the "Action Blank Post" initiative in defense of freedom of speech. Supporting bloggers from all over the world posted a blank on their...

Christmas in Sri Lanka

At Groundviews, Ruki shares the experience of being in a Christmas Mass in a Sri Lankan conflict zone.

Pakistan: Policies Regarding NWFP

Manzoor Ali Shah at Pak Tea House argues that the policies of Pakistan government regarding the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) need a paradigm shift.

Americas: A Look Back at 2008

In 2008, the Latin American team from Global Voices helped add context and helped highlight voices of bloggers that wrote about the numerous news stories that took place across the...

Morocco: A Moroccan Christmas

As Morocco is primarily a Muslim country, the majority of its residents do not celebrate Christmas. Still, bits and pieces of the holiday can be found, thanks to French influence...

Morocco: Condolences to Guinea

Daily Maghreb reports that King Mohammed VI of Morocco sends his condolences to Guinea, a country which recently lost its leader, President Lansana Conté. Shortly following Conté's death, the country...

DRC: Football match to raise money for war-ravaged Kivu

Tomorrow in Kinshasa, the Congolese national football and a team of Congolese footballers from abroad will play a match to raise money for victims of the violence in the east...

Bahrain: The bunny must go

Bahraini blogger Ammaro reports on the sudden interest of MPs in ridding Bahrain of anything with the Playboy rabbit on it: “The bunny logo has been spotted everywhere from supermarkets,...

Palestine: No Christmas in Gaza

In Gaza reports on the Christmas celebrations – or lack of them – of Gaza's Christians: “Father Manuel’s Christmas Eve service was lethargic. It was a desperate plea from a...

Martiniquan blogger remembers Eartha Kitt

le blog de [moi] notes cat woman Eartha Kitt's passing [Fr].  She died of colon cancer Thursday at the age of 81.  “Talented and devilishly sexy, she saw it all.”

DRC: A “Gloomy” Christmas in Kinshasa

Cedric Kalonji writes about his "gloomy" Christmas in Kinshasa. With the economic crisis, it seemed like many kinois weren't up for celebrating.

Lebanon: Jews of Lebanon blog Transforms to website

“After nearly 3 years of work, The Jews of Lebanon Blog will close … I started this site possibly as a naive college student trying to relive the nostalgia of...

Lebanon: Abolishing the death penalty

Sursock posts about Lebanon's current plan to abolish the death penalty and a brief history of the activism that lead to this decision.

Brazil: Chico Mendes lives on, 20 years after his death

Bloggers remember and pay homage to Chico Mendes, the man whose actions highlighted the plight of the Amazon internationally, and who was murdered twenty years ago by those who were...

Russia-Georgia: The value of Russian passports

Eternal Remont refers to an Al Jazeera news story on South Ossetia to argue that Russian citizens’ passports handed out to South Ossetians in practice are used rather as Russian...

Ukraine: Political chaos and economic crisis

A Fistful of Euros analyses Ukraine's mounting political chaos and economic crisis.

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