Stories about Youth from January, 2009
Arab World: “Why the Children of Gaza Don't Deserve to Die?”
As the death toll from the Israeli war on Gaza climbs, bloggers from around the Arab world share their thoughts on Palestine, Arab nationalism and why the children of Gaza don't deserve to die. Here are some reflections from Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Syria.
Trinidad & Tobago, Haiti: War Zone
“I imagine the people of Gaza must feel reassured that so many thousands of people around the world have taken to their streets demanding an end to the madness”: Attillah Springer joins a London demonstration, even as she laments that is it “too ridiculous to imagine that Trinidadians will ever...
Two-year old toddler in solitary confinement in a Zimbabwe prison
Two year old Nigel Mutemagau is being kept in solitary confinement in Zimbabwe’s most notorious prison with his parents and other abducted activists such as Zimbabwe Peace Project director Jestina Mukoko. A petition has been launched for the release of the minor, who seems to have been beaten while in prison and needs medical attention.
Zimbabwe: Left to die by the roadside
“Dead by the roadside,” writes Fungisai on Kubatana blog, “A pitiable sight of a young girl aged around six to seven years, seated by the roadside, with a huge black bungle lying on her thighs caught my attention. The young girl was seated in an awkward area, in the middle...
MENA: Israel and the Use of White Phosphorous in Gaza
The world is looking on in shock at the devastating photographs taken of Gaza victims - some of whom are deformed beyond recognition. Human Rights Watch is also calling upon Israel to stop the unlawful use of White Phosphorus in its war on Gaza. Bloggers from across the region react.
Lebanon: Media Bias on Gaza War
Lebanese blogger Habib Battah reflects on the international media's bias in covering the war in Gaza – and its casualties.
Living in Hanoi 20 years ago
Caroline Finlay uploads a translated article by a Vietnamese blogger who reminisces his childhood years in Hanoi.
Indonesia: Facebook users on the rise
Budiputra reports that Facebook in Indonesia registered a growth rate of 645 percent in 2008. Indonesia has been the fastest growing country on Facebook in Southeast Asia. However, Friendster is still the most popular networking site in the country.
Egypt: Civil disobedience and protests over Gaza
Since the beginning of the Israeli war on the Gaza Strip on December 27, and Egyptian street has been boiling with angry calls to open up the Gaza border and demanding the government to put more pressure to reach an immediate ceasefire. Lasto Adri brings us the latest on the protests from the Egyptian blogosphere.
Mapping the blogosphere in Brunei
More than half of Brunei's population are internet users. More and more young Bruneians are setting up their own blogs. Aside from establishing a community of bloggers, a web portal provides a comprehensive list of Brunei blogs.
Israel: Israeli and Palestinian Doctors Fix Baby's Heart
Israeli and Palestinian doctors collaborated last week to save the life of a newborn. The Palestinian child and his grandmother were transported to Tel Aviv for emergency heart surgery. Funded by Save a Child's Heart, an Israeli nonprofit dedicated to procuring urgent medical care for Palestinian children, the organization has...
Trinidad & Tobago: Boxer Laid to Rest
Izatrini and Trinidad and Tobago News Blog report on the funeral of the late boxing champion Jizelle Saandy, while Media Watch critiques the mainstream media coverage of the event.
Barbados, Grenada: Fashion Police
The Bajan Reporter says that police in Grenada are cracking down on the “sagging pants” trend.
Kazakhstan: Kazakh Student Killed in Moscow
Adam informs the readers that an 18-year-old student from Kazakhstan had been stabbed to death in south-west Moscow.
Philippines: Phenomenal video protests
‘Juana Change’ protest videos are the newest YouTube sensation in the Philippines. The videos were introduced last month when various groups were opposing the proposal to amend the 1987 Philippine Constitution. Thanks to the internet, Juana Change (played by artist Mae Paner) is now a popular figure in the Philippines.
Egyptian bloggers visit injured Palestinians
Several groups of injured Palestinians crossed into the Egyptian territory via the Rafah Crossing and blogger Ahmed Al Sabbagh and Mohamed Hamdy organized a morale-boosting visit to the Red Crescent Hospital.
Dominica: Protecting the Children
“It is by keeping channels of communication open that we can rescue lives from being damaged before they can even bloom”: Blogging from Dominica, Caribbean Man tackles the issue of incest.
Trinidad & Tobago: Wisdom of Children
Spending New Year's with friends and their children in “Babylondon” makes Trinidadian blogger Attillah Springer realise that: “I have the power to create what version of the future I want to live in.”
Jamaica: Dirty Dancing
A Jamaican judge and women's rights activist condemns popular dance moves as being a bad influence children, prompting Jamaica Salt to ask: “What practically can be done? It’s only a dance after all isn’t it?”
Bhutan: Violence Against Women
Freedom in Bhutan discusses the growing menace of sexual abuses against women in Bhutan and the laws in place for such abuses.
Bruneian blogger amuses readers with daily doses of humour
Meet Mr. Kurapak, winner of a 2008 national blog award in Brunei. Kurapak amuses his readers with his daily doses of humour appealing to Bruneian readers, both young and old.