Stories about Breaking News from August, 2009
Barbados, U.S.A.: R.I.P. Senator Kennedy
Barbadian bloggers are saddened at the passing of U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy.
Greece: Wildfires encroaching on Athens
Forest fires are blazing still closer to Athens, the capital of Greece, threatening to consume even more land and property. Meanwhile, citizens are tracking developments via the web and Twitter.
World: Reactions to the Release of the “Lockerbie bomber”
A huge debate is brewing in both the mainstream media and the blogosphere regarding the release of the only man ever convicted over the bombing of Pam Am flight 103, Libyan Abdelbeset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi. Katharine Ganly sums up reactions here.
India, Pakistan: Reopening The Wounds
V. Krishna Ananth at Permanent Revolution discusses about the media hype on the recent book by former Indian foreign minister Jaswant Sing. In this book he challenged the theory that it was Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, who insisted on a separate homeland for Muslims that forced the...
Iran: Televised Confessions Spur Video Cyber-Activism
Video confessions are serving as a form of cyber activist protest for those against the forced confessions and political drama in Iran.
Pakistan: Baitullah Mehsud's Spokesman Captured
Kalsoom at CHUP! – Changing Up Pakistan informs that Maulvi Umar, the spokesman of the Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud has been captured by Pakistan’s Frontier Corps and he acknowledged the death of Baitullah Mehsud.
Sri Lanka: Flood In IDP Camps
GroundViews informs that “torrential rains in Vavuniya throughout the day have severely affected IDPs interned in Menik Camp, particularly in Zone 3 and Zone 4.” See Vidura's Twitter messages http://twitter.com/apelankawe for updates from the ground.
Palestine: Reactions to Launch of Google.ps
Google is adding the domain google.ps to its line up of sites offering localized search. The new Google domain is intended to work in the West Bank and Gaza, where Palestinian Internet service providers (ISPs) operate.
Singapore: Reaction to Aung San Suu Kyi verdict
Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement expressing disappointment that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar was found guilty and sentenced to three years hard labour. But the Ministry also recognized the “significant gestures” by the Myanmar Government
Egypt: Gamal Mubarak Intices Youth Involvement
In an attempt to win their support, Egyptian president's son Gamal Mubarak launched an open online forum, Sharek, where he promises to address all the questions posed by young internet savvy Egyptians himself.
Taiwan: Southern Taiwan devastated by typhoon Morakot
On Aug. 7, 2009, typhoon Morakot landed on Taiwan. The Central Weather Bureau urged residents in Northern Taiwan to be prepared for the heavy rain and strong wind brought by Morakot. However, it turned out that southern Taiwan has suffered from more devastating landslides and floods when compared with northern...
Dominican Republic: Fire at the Autonmous University of Santo Domingo
In the Dominican Republic, Duarte 101 [es] has images and twitter updates from the fire at the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo.
Egyptian Blogger Harassed at Cairo Airport (Again!)
Hossam El Hamalawy reports: A month after they detained him at the Cairo International Airport and confiscated his laptop, Blogger Wael Abbas has been stopped again, on his way back from Beirut. Police has confiscated all his CDs, USB and flash memory cards!: “Wael just texted me to say he’s...
Korea: Clinton’s Visit to North Korea
A surprising news. All of a sudden, Clinton visited North Korea and like 007 he took two female American journalists who were held in North Korea back home. About this sudden news, there is not so much public news regarding it in the Korean media nor in bloggers’ opinions. Here...
Israel: LGBT center shooting in Tel-Aviv
It is becoming ever more evident that Saturday's deadly shooting at a Tel Aviv LGBT center was a product of pure hate. Gilad Lotan sums up from reactions from Hebrew blogs.
Filipino Bloggers Honor Ex-President Corazon Aquino
Tonyo Cruz roundups Filipino blogs and tweets paying tribute to former Philippine President Corazon Aquino who died of cardiorespiratory arrest today at the age of 76.