Corruption made in Lebanon

A conversation recorded between a deputy member of the March 14 coalition – recent winners of the last legislative elections – and a priest who had refused to campaign for them is making a lot of noise in Lebanon. Our Observer tells us these practices – corruption, intimidation, threats – are common there. Read more…

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Iraqi police, a bunch of ‘cowards’ and ‘women’

A video showing a US instructor yelling at Iraqi police and calling them ‘a bunch of women’ and ‘cowards’ has caused a huge buzz on the Net. Our Observers take a look. Read more and see the video...

"Long live Ahmadinejad!"

Mahmood Ahmadinejad has come up against a great deal of personal invective in the run up to the presidential elections. Supporters of his main rival Mir Hossein Mousavi's are increasingly chanting "Pinocchio Ahmadinejad" and "Ahmadi-bye! Bye!" at rallies. For the president's supporters, this is going a too far.  Read more...

Having fun in Dakar traffic

Papy Deme has launched a game on the Internet: find the oldest car running in Dakar by using number plates. It seems a number of Senegalese drivers have fun looking for the city's most antique car amid Dakar traffic. Read more...

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Ahmadinejad heckled after his meeting

One of our Observers based in Iran sent us this video. He says it shows Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad being heckled by the supporters of his main rival, reformer Mirhossein Mousavi. Read more and see the video...

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A rapper’s message to Bongo’s successor

Four years ago Gabonese rapper Lestat “wrote a letter” to late president Omar Bongo asking him to take more care of the country's problems. Now he's got a new message, this time for Gabon's future president: “Be careful to pay more attention to talent than ethnicity.” Read more...

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Iran election: 'This time… we have to vote'

Iran's tenth presidential election takes place this Friday and the race is heating up. Current president Ahmadinejad and reformist Mirhossein Mousavi, both running for president, clashed in a televised debate last Wednesday, causing protests and street-fights on Saturday. Unlike in previous elections however, Iranian expat students say they won't boycott the vote this time. Read their accounts...

Raw video of brutal Harare police training

Mugabe's police officers are infamous for brutality. Watch how they're trained, and you won't be surprised. Read more and see the video...

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You’re watching Taliban TV

This little cyber-presenter, Dickie, seems pretty cute. Listen carefully to what he has to tell you however. He's repeating - word for word - press releases from the Afghan Taliban. Read more...

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Rio shantytowns walled off

Rio de Janeiro authorities have begun building concrete walls around the city's shantytowns. Officially they're being erected to prevent environmental damage to the surrounding areas. But the residents of these favelas see it as a way of creating distance between themselves and the not-too-faraway, well-off neighbours. Read more...

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