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· March, 2010

Stories from Quick Reads from March, 2010

U.S.V.I.: There's an App for that!

Need some tips on what to do and where to go in the U.S. Virgin Islands? There's an app for that. News of St. John explains.

Trinidad & Tobago: On Corruption

“On the day the Uff Report was submitted to a happy looking President, the Prime Minister suddenly realized the people needed more hospitals and Summits”: This Beach Called Life takes...

Bermuda: Overspending

“It’s so simple that only a politician could miss it”: Vexed Bermoothes says that the Bermudian government must reduce its budget.

Japan: The Strange Country

Kenichi realized an “info-graphic, motion piece” (which is his final thesis) with the aim of making Japanese people think about their country, that, the Japanese videomaker says, “isn't that normal”....

Bangladesh: Air-Conditioners Banned During Evening To Tackle Energy Shortage

Tacitaeterno at In The Middle Of Nowhere informs that the Bangladesh government has imposed restrictions on the usage of air conditioners during evening to control the stifling electricity shortage in...

Laos and the drying of Mekong River

Gretchen Kunze writes how the drying up of the Mekong River is affecting Laos, the only landlocked-country in Southeast Asia

Indonesia: Anti-smoking Fatwa

An Islamic organization in Indonesia has issued a fatwa (edict) which named smoking cigarettes as haram or forbidden.

South Korea: Gender issues

The Grand Narratives has a nice roundup post on various current gender issues in South Korea.

Colombia: Hostage Pablo Emilio Moncayo Freed by FARC

After 4,483 days as a hostage in Colombia, Pablo Emilio Moncayo was freed by the FARC guerrillas. The blog Plan Colombia and Beyond provides the details of his release.

Russia: Bombings Victims Commemoration; Analysis of TV-channels

Photos from the commemoration action dedicated to the victims of the recentMoscow bombings published by bloggers can be found here and here. Arina Borodina, Russian TV-expert, analyses the role of...

Trinidad & Tobago: Drought – Stage 1

“A lot is happening each time a bushfire begins somewhere in Trinidad and Tobago, and it all leads to the dread spectre we hear of in other places – drought”:...

Jamaica, Haiti: Art Aid

Art to help Haiti: Jamaican Annie Paul has the low-down.

Sri Lanka: On April 2010 Parliamentary Elections

Devanesan Nesiah at Groundviews opines that the April 2010 Parliamentary Elections in Sri Lanka will be an opportunity for the voters in the North and East to engage themselves in...

Pakistan: The Big And Tall Persons

Owais Mughal at All Things In Pakistan features a number of tall human beings from Pakistan.

Philippines: Online and Offline Student Protests for Education

This past week's student protests in the Philippines demanding greater government budget for education and the prevention of tuition and other fee increases for the coming school year also has...

Indonesia: Sony vs Sony

Sony Arianto Kurniawan from Indonesia has a personal website which displeased Sony Corporation because the latter claims it has legal ownership over the trademark Sony. Sony the corporation initially charged...

Indonesia: Anti-Porn Law

Province officials of Bali and Papua in Indonesia are planning not to implement the recently passed Anti-Pornography Law by claiming that the law would “stifle traditional Balinese and Papuan culture.”

Taiwan: Relations with the Pacific Islands and Australia

Michael Turton looks at Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou's recent visit to the Pacific. He analyses how Australia and Taiwan's involvement in the Solomon Islands has been used for political purposes...

Russia: Witness Shares Her Account of Bombings in Moscow Metro

LJ user Karpusha was at Park Kultury metro station at the moment of explosion. She wrote on her blog about what she had seen, the  lack of information after the first explosion, the...

Russia: Role of Social Media in Coverage of Recent Metro Bombings in Moscow

Paul Globe writes on his blog “Window on Eurasia” about increasing role of the Internet and social media in the coverage of the recent terrorist attacks in Moscow.

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