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15 February 2009

Stories from 15 February 2009

Estonia: National author as gay icon

Itching for Eestimaa reflects over the Estonian 19th century author Kristjan Jaak Peterson and his potential as a gay icon.

India: Religions and Fundamentalists

M.J. Akbar makes a point that all religions are not same, but fundamentalists are.

Ukraine: History of Anarchism

Der Spiegelfechter writes about [GER] anarchism in Ukraine during the Russian 1917-21 civil war.

Armenia: St. Sargis Day

Although the world celebrated St. Valentine's Day yesterday, many Armenians instead prefer to celebrate St. Sargis Day. Writing on her DOTCOM blog, 14-year-old Diana details the tradition observed by young...

Venezuela: Live Coverage of Referendum

No Suma Cero [es] has coverage of the February 15th Venezuelan Referendum using the Cover It Live tool.

Armenia: New and old traditions mix on St. Valentine's Day

Founded in 301 AD, Armenia’s longest surviving institution, the Apostolic Church, is considered the world’s oldest national Christian order. But, over 1,700 years years later, pagan traditions remain alive in...

Zimbabwe: Take Action For Roy Bennet

Sokwanele's call for action to support Roy Bennet: Please call (or sms the cell) these numbers to let the police holding Roy Bennett know that the world is watching very...

Ethiopia: “St. Mary” thrown out of monastery

An Ethiopia woman who claims to be St. Mary has been thrown out of a monastery in Ethiopia where she started her own sect.

Ethiopia: Baalu Girma Foundation Formed

Arefe announces the formation of the Baalu Girma Foundation. Baalu is the famous Ethiopian writer and journalist who was abducted 25 years ago by the Ethiopian military. He has not...

Nigeria: NaijaPulse: Nigerian Microblogging Service

Loy's analysis of NaijaPulse, a new Nigerian microblogging service: “Unlike Twitter, the site allows you to create groups, features users and has a link for popular posts. If you favour...

East Timor: Suai Media Space Challenges the Digital Divide

In this second post of a series to celebrate the 9th anniversary of the arrival of the Internet in East Timor, Sara Moreira interviews Australian documentary-maker Jen Hughes - founder...

Armenia: Social Problems

Writing on her new Dotcom blog, 15-year-old Arpen discusses some of the social problems affecting Armenia today. In particular, the young blogger singles out unemployment, violence and pollution.

Lebanon: A Civil Marriage Valentine

Renewed calls for Lebanon to allow civil marriages were made in a Valentine ceremony at a Beirut bar over the weekend. Several inter-religious couples staged mock weddings at a bar...

Guatemala: The Shuco Hot Dog

The Guatemalan Shuco Hot Dog, which contains avocado sauce, boiled cabbage, mayonnaise, tomato sauce, mustard, hot sauce, and other meats, is starting to become world-famous writes Rudy Girón of La...

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