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· March, 2009

Stories about Humor from March, 2009

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Indian Elections 2009: The Impact of Socially Conscious Corporate Campaigns

31 March 2009

In my previous posts for the Global Voices special coverage on the 2009 Indian general elections, I have analyzed how Indian politicians and political parties are using internet and mobile tools for election campaigning and civil society groups in India are using digital tools to run voter registration and transparency campaigns. In this post, I'll analyze the impact of three election-related socially conscious ad campaigns: Jaago Re by Tata Tea, My Idea by Idea Cellular and Lead India/ Bleed India by The Times of India.

Hong Kong and the Philippines: Satire or racism?

31 March 2009

A Senate leader in the Philippines just filed a resolution condemning a Hong Kong writer Chip Tsao for his article “The War at Home” in HK Magazine (originally published on 27 of March). Now the article has been taken down in the website but the Senate Resolution also asked the...

Japan: Tourism videos

30 March 2009

Edo from Pink Tentacle introduces a series of official tourism videos produced by the city of Hakodate. The videos are about aliens invasion of the city.

Spiderman in Thailand

25 March 2009

An autistic kid climbed outside the window on the fourth floor of a school building. How was he saved? A Bangkok fireman pretended to be Spiderman to convince the kid to move to safety inside the building. Check a video report of the story.

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Colombia: Are Politicians Making the Most Out of Twitter?

24 March 2009

In the last few weeks, as the race for the May 2010 presidential elections has started, two presidential candidates have decided to join the Colombian 'twittosphere'. But, after some initial skepticism, Colombian twitterers show that both candidates (or staffers within their campaigns) are failing to reach the intended audience correctly.

Trinidad & Tobago: Pompoms

24 March 2009

“I thought for a second I was hallucinating. Like I think I’m hallucinating when I hear some wild rumour that Papa Patos wants to invoke the Terrorism Act during the Summit of the Americas to stop people from protesting. I mean it can’t be, can it? Cheerleaders in cricket? Why,...

Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago: Don't Worry, Be Happy

23 March 2009

“When a really uptight person marries another who is way laidback, we who attend the wedding always make the optimistic assumption that the uptight person will learn to relax a little bit – but it often pans out the other way around”: Barbados-based B.C. Pires thinks that “on that basis,...

Japan: Italian news commentary in Japanese

21 March 2009

Italian comedian and opinion-leader Beppe Grillo's blog [ja] is the only blog that is translated into Japanese (and English), presenting Italy from an unusual perspective. In his blog, he also hosts the translated version of journalist Marco Travaglio‘s weekly talks on the misdeeds of the current Italian government [it].

Guyana: The English are Coming

20 March 2009

“…plenty visitors from Engerland is here for cricket, and to be hospitable, we the people must speak in a way that they can understand”: Guyana-Gyal is practicing her English.

Japan: I wanna know America!

18 March 2009

Koichi (耕一), a webdesigner living in Oregon (U.S.A.), tells about American culture, people, food, language and much more at his personal website Koichiben: Amerika ga shiritai (コウイチ弁、アメリカが知りたい lit. Koichi dialect: I wanna know America). Writing and video-blogging in Japanese, he proposes every time a new interesting topic with the aim of...

China: Female Worker Mock Ad

16 March 2009

Jeremy Goldkorn from DANWEI picked up a Mock Ad poster from local forum Xici Hutong on how workers are dealing with the financial crisis.

“Obama Thailand”

16 March 2009

Suphoj Bunseupwong is known as “Obama Thailand” in his village because of his physical similarity to US President Barack Obama.

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Brazil: Lula and Obama meet as economic crisis hits Brazil

15 March 2009

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is the first Latin American leader to have met the US President Barack Obama. The meeting took place in Washington, this Saturday March 14. The leaders have talked about Global economic crisis, trade, environment, energy and biofuel technology, and building a more constructive relationship with neighboring countries. Meanwhile, the global crisis has begun to hit Brazil hard.

Taiwan: Best Job in the World

12 March 2009

Taiwanese girl Clare wants to take the “Best Job” in the world and she is almost there. Job description: managing a beautiful island of Australia and blog about how you enjoy living and swimming there for six months with the total wage amounted to 3,380,000 NTD. Take a look at...

Barbados, Jamaica: Homophobia?

11 March 2009

Living in Barbados gets candid about Jamaica's “uncompromisingly hostile attitude towards homosexuality”, saying: “The bottom is not falling out of Jamaica because of gays.”

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