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23 January 2009

Stories from 23 January 2009

Russia: Putin's Painting

Eternal Remont writes about Vladimir Putin's painting: “Hitler would be jealous.” LJ user olegpanfilov2 posts two samples of Photoshopped spinoffs inspired by Putin's painting – one of them features Mikhail...

Ukraine, Canada: Crossword House, Varenyk and Pysanka

LJ user alex-pingvin posts a picture of a “crossword house” on Andrey Sakharov St. in Lviv. Flickr user mariyaz posts pictures of “the biggest dumpling ever (Ukrainian pyrogy) in Glendon...

Egypt: Bloggers Divided over Geert Wilders

Amsterdam Appeals Court decided that Geert Wilders, Dutch MP, will be put on trial for his views on Islam. Wilders, and his movie had caused a huge anger wave last...

Angola: Controversy and Contradictions Over New Airports

The construction of new international airports for Luanda, one of them costing seventy-four million US dollars, is a controversial subject that has set bloggers talking in Angola. Does the city...

African Blogs Nominated for the 2009 Bloggies

Nominations for the Ninth Annual Weblog Awards: The 2009 Bloggies started January 1 and closed January 19. According to the awards, the Bloggies are the Web's longest-running blog awards, and...

Liberia: Photos Of Liberians Watching Obama

Scarlett Lion posts photos of Liberians watching Barack Obama's inauguration.

Bolivia: Dealing With Dengue Fever

Heavy rains in the Bolivian Orient help create the breeding ground for mosquitos that spread the virus that causes dengue fever. There is also a much more severe form which...

Cuba, U.S.A.: An Important Introduction

“The man is worth your support, and then some, especially after he was arrested while traveling to Havana to watch your inauguration as a guest of the U.S. Interest Section”:...

Bermuda, U.S.A.: Ethics & Transparency

Vexed Bermoothes thinks that “it is telling that the first orders issued by President Obama…dealt with ethics and transparency in Government” and that “Bermudians must take note of our inadequacies...

Barbados, U.S.A.: True Identity

Living in Barbados is hoping that “President Obama will help us in the Caribbean and those in Africa rediscover who and what we really are.”

Jamaica, Barbados, U.S.A.: Bonne Chance!

Jamaican diaspora blogger Pamela Mordecai holds high hopes for the Obama administration and wishes the new President well, while Notes From A Small Rock [Barbados] sums up her sentiment like...

Uganda: Mountain Gorilla Population May Have Declined

We have always known that there are around 700 Mountain Gorillas still alive in the wild today – 336 of which are in Uganda - but a new study published...

Armenia: Ultra-nationalists

Unzipped comments on news that an association for ultra-nationalist groups in Armenia was established before the New Year. The blog notes with alarm that the association will collaborate with ultra-nationalist...

Hong Kong: LGBT content filtered away

Leslovestudy conducted a research on the filtering of LGBT content (zh, pdf) in Hong Kong private and public filters. I have post a summary of the report at GV advocacy.

China: CyberGhost VPN

GFW Blog introduces a new tool, CyberGhost VPN, for getting around the internet filtering (Great Fire Wall) in China.

Argentina: The Timing of Kirchner's Visit to Cuba

Louis Cyphre of El Opinador Compulsivo [es] wonders why Argentine president visited Cuba when she did “to speak with one of the longest lasting dictators in history just as the...

Honduras: Vacation in Tornabé

Hugo Chinchilla writes about his week-long vacation in Tornabé, Honduras [es] and adds photos of the peacefulness of the small beach village.

Estonia: Skinheads

Itching for Eestimaa writes about Estonian skinheads – the “purposefully/prematurely bald” young people: “I secretly ponder what is the position of the baldheaded on persons of Mediterranean background. Did we...

Estonia: Arvo Pärt

Robert Amsterdam's Blog writes about “Estonia's most famous contemporary composer Arvo Pärt,” whose latest symphony is dedicated to Mikhail Khodorkovsky – and whose 2006-2007 works are dedicated to Anna Politkovskaya.

Serbia: Things To Do in Belgrade

“A list of less-than-usual tourist things to do when you are a tourist/resident/expat in Belgrade” – at Belgraded.com.

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