Stories about Youth from December, 2008
Israel: Decking the Halls in the Holy Land
“We ended up doing the ultimate Christmas thing in the Holy Land,” muses Anglosaxy. “Eating felafel, made by Israeli Arabs, sat next to a hungry pack of street cats…the kids enjoyed themselves anyway!”
The outcasts of the Egyptian society – the spinsters – are raising their voices in an attempt to change how society views them. Khokha – the anonymous author of The daily diaries of a sinister spinister - says: انا عشت حبة كل ما اقول رأى ولا كلمة … يردوا فى...
Looking at Egypt's First Female Mayor
Eva Habil, a 53 year-old Christian lawyer, became Egypt’s first female mayor on December 14, representing Komboha, a rural town in conservative Upper Egypt with a Coptic majority community. Yusra of Muslimah Media Watch wrote: Habil, whose father was mayor of Komboha, beat out five male candidates, including her younger...
Korea: Teenage Rape and Parents’ Responsibility
A teenager who has suffered from attention deficit disorder raped a seven year old girl. Having a previous record, the 18 year old was sentenced to 10 years in prison by the court. An interesting decision that the court made this time was to make his parents responsible for not...
Malaysia: Cycling for change
After two weeks of journey through the states of Malaysia, cyclists who joined the “Cycling For Change” campaign entered the Parliament complex yesterday to bring forward their demands to the representatives.
Abu Hadeed: Egypt's first Computer Game
Abu Hadeed is Egypt's first original computer game. Zeinobia writes about the copyrights issues and the concept saying:”It is the first game to be based upon an Egyptian cinematic character. Originally it was based on Boha, the hero of comedian Mohamed Saad’s film “Boha”. It is an odd choice to me...
Eman Hashim blogs against Berlitz Egypt
Has corruption tarnished Berlitz Egypt's reputation? Egyptian blogger Eman Hashim wrote on facebook and on her blog wondering how come her students received their grades and certificates when she never submitted neither their grades nor their final exam papers. Eman tells us the story saying Back in July 2008, I...
Serbia: “Mother Courage”
Sinisa Boljanovic translates a selection of heartbreakingly shocking stories of giving birth in Serbia, shared by anonymous Serbian women on the Majka Hrabrost ("Mother Courage") web site.
Western Sahara: Cubarawis
Many saharaui children, thanks to international cooperation with Cuba, travel each year to study until they graduate from university. Then, they return to work for their Western Sahara. The Caribbean is completely different from the desert, not only because of geography, but also because of the nature of the people themselves. Cubans have rhythm in their veins and are dancing all the time. Beduins are sober, quiet and reflective. However, in the end, the exchange is worthy in both ways, as Renata Avila explains.
Greece: Notes on the Riots
Notes on the Greek riots – at LimbicNutrition Weblog: “The riots have been descibed as ‘the first credit-crunch riots.’ Countries with high youth unemployment and a tradition of mass protest (e.g. France, Italy, Spain, Serbia) should be concerned about the riots spreading. From Belgrade to Bordeaux solidarity graffiti warns of...
AIDS: Orphans, Marches and Reminders
Following up on past AIDS coverage such as the AIDS Conference 2008 and the World AIDS Day 2008, we bring you a video that shows the plight of orphans in South Africa whose parents have died from AIDS, the AIDS day celebrations in Bangladesh, a reminder from Mexico to get tested from SexualidadIntegral podcast and the AIDS impact report from the 2008 Conference in the Mexico City as well.
Israel: Hanging up on a five-year old
Treppenwitz writes about hanging up on his five-year in order to teach him a lesson on conversation: “So yes, if you're wondering what kind of a monster hangs up on a five year old… it's the kind of monster who loves his kid enough to teach him how to be...
Guyana: Future Flooding
Guyana Providence Stadium extends kudos to two local teens who made a documentary about the potential effects of flooding in Guyana should current weather patterns continue.
Philippines: To the Young Writer
Januaries reposts a message to young writers from the Philippine national artist for literature and foremost novelist, F. Sionil Jose.
Taiwan: Support for Greece Student/Anarchist Movement
Em, a devoted Taiwanese female anarchist and civil media journalist expresses her support for Greece students. She remarks that Greece students are the most active and influential among global anarchists(zh).
Japan: Controversy over Imperial Succession
On the 1st of December, the seventh birthday of Princess Aiko (official title: 敬宮愛子内親王殿下, Toshi no miya Aiko naishinnō denka) [en], while the mainstream media in Japan were busy reporting that the princess had a cold and could not attend a birthday party organized in her honour, some bloggers were...
Japan: Dr. Shochi's trip around the world
Follow the adventures of Dr. Shochi Saburo (曻地三郎), a 102 year-old Japanese Doctor of Literature, Doctor of Medicine, Honorary Doctor of Philosophy and Poet who came up with the Parent and Child Toymaking Class [en], a program that “brings out children’s sensitivity and intelligence, improves communication and the bond between...
Brazilian Police Literally Gets Away with Murder
At the moment when the world was celebrating Human Rights Day, and exactly when a similar crime sparks riots in Greece, Brazilian bloggers cry out against yet another death caused by the disastrous approach of the police going unpunished in Rio de Janeiro - this time the victim was a boy of just three.
Tunisia: Stop Kissing Our Children!
An infuriated Subzero Blue from Tunisia writes: “What is it with people who give themselves the right to kiss other people’s children without their permission? It’s very common here in Tunisia, and I don’t know what screwed up logic these people are following that says they can kiss a child...
Southeast Asia: Citizen media events and Twitter
GV author Preetam lists the Twitter users in Southeast Asia who are reliable sources on citizen media events in the region.
Australia: Too many international students?
Andrew Norton writes about the debate in Australia on whether foreign students are displacing Australians in universities.