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2008 Special Coverage

Gaza Strip Bombings 2008-09

The six month truce between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip mediated by Egypt ended on December 19. Following the end of that ceasefire, tensions and violence escalated between…

Best of Global Voices 2008

Nearly 3 million people visited Global Voices in 2008. Traffic to the site has tended to peak at times of natural disasters or conflicts, but the stories we've highlighted this…

World Aids Day 2008

This year marks the 20th anniversary of World AIDS Day (December 1). More than 33 million people live with the HIV/AIDS virus, and at least 2 million have died in…

Thailand Protests 2008

Anti-government protesters led by the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) have been conducting provocative street actions for several months demanding the removal of the elected government. They believe the current…

Mumbai, India attacks 2008

On November 26, 2008 the city of Mumbai in India came under attack in at least seven different locations in an unprecedented sort of terror. A combination of gun fire,…

Japan and Google Street View 2008

Google Street View arrived in Japan in August, one year after its debut in the United States. The photo mapping service immediately drew criticism. Despite the Google's generally positive image…

U.S. Presidential Election 2008

Americans are the only ones who can elect the United States president, but the 2008 election offers a unique opportunity to harvest global commentary on America's politics and foreign policy…

Ghosts, ghouls, myths and legends

Throughout most of the western world, Halloween is celebrated on October 31st and All Saints Day is commemorated on November 2nd. These couple of days are ones where the living…

China Poisonous Milk Scandal 2008

On September 11, 2008 China's biggest milk powder producer, the Sanlu Group ordered a recall of its milk products because melamine, a chemical used in plastics, was found in their…

South Ossetia Crisis 2008

On August 8, 2008 fighting intensified between the Georgian and Russian military on the outskirts of Tskhinvali, the capital of the breakaway region of South Ossetia. Earlier in the week,…

Beijing Olympics 2008

The Olympics in Beijing have begun! Thanks to support from Reuters, Global Voices is covering citizen media reactions to the Olympics from citizens in China and around the world on…

AIDS 2008 Conference

The XVII International AIDS Conference is taking place in Mexico City from August 3rd to 8th, 2008. The event, which is the largest international meeting on a global health issue,…

Open Culture /iSummit 2008

The fourth global iSummit will be held by in Sapporo, Japan from 29 July to 1 August, 2008. The meeting, convened by iCommons, will bring together pioneers of the free…

Radovan Karadžić's Arrest 2008

Radovan Karadžić was arrested in Belgrade by Serbian security officers in July 2008 on charges of genocide after evading capture for more than 13 years. He lived under the alias…

Israel-Lebanon Prisoner Exchange 2008

They say one man's terrorist is another's freedom fighter, and seldom has it been more apparent than in the aftermath of the exchange of prisoners between Israel and Lebanon on…

Colombia Hostage Rescue 2008

On July 2, 2008, Colombian security forces launched a rescue operation that successfully freed 15 hostages taken by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Among the liberated were former…

Sichuan Earthquake 2008

On May 12, an earthquake registering 7.8 on the Richter scale struck in southwestern China's Sichuan province, centered in Wenchuan county, with tremors felt as far away as Beijing and…

Myanmar Cyclone 2008

A deadly cyclone hit Myanmar (Burma) at the beginning of May, causing massive human loss of life and environmental destruction. International controversy has followed over the military junta's refusals and…

Global Food Crisis 2008

Bloggers around the world have noticed the global increase in food prices. Global Voices authors translate and link to the observations of ordinary people writing in blogs in many different…

Egypt General Strike 2008

What started as a day of general strike in Egypt on April 6, to protest inflation, low wages, and the ongoing bread crisis, has sprawled into a face-off between authorities…

Zimbabwe Elections 2008

On March 29, 2008 Zimbabweans cast their votes in the presidential election. Days later, the official result has still not been declared. MDF opposition leader Morgan Tsvagirai, has claimed victory…

Tibet Protests 2008

On March 10, 2008 hundreds of Tibetans in Lhasa began protesting on the 49th anniversary of the Tibetan uprising against Beijing rule. Police arrested protesters, and violence in the streets…

Border Crisis in South America 2008

On March 1, 2008 the Colombian Armed Forces attacked a camp of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) located in the territory of Ecuador, killing a high-ranking leader, Raúl…

Kenya Elections Aftermath 2008

On Dec. 27 a surprise victory for former president Mwai Kibaki (PNU) in the Kenyan presidential election was followed by arson and violence aroused by suspicions of vote rigging. More…

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