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27 September 2007

Stories from 27 September 2007

Myanmar: Citizen Journalism

27 September 2007

Bangkok Parlour on Citizen Journalism in Myanmar. “Citizen journalism has arrived in Burma. And, while the risks to those who courageously capture the deplorable realities of life today in Burma are great, the potential rewards to the country as a whole are greater. Images today speak louder than words.”

Thailand: Sharing Myanmar's Shame

27 September 2007

Fringer says Thailand shares Myanmar's shame as Thai leaders are not making a stand against the ruling regimen in Myanmar and their handling of the protests by monks and civilians.

Myanmar: An Australian View of the Protests

27 September 2007

Australian author and journalist Mark Bowling writes “History shows that eventually, regimes like Burma's military junta can't last. People need their dignity and are resilient enough to hold out for basic human rights.”

Chile: Microsoft's School of the Future in Peñalolén

27 September 2007

Luis Ramirez writes about Microsoft's new “School of the Future” that was launched in the municipality of Peñalolén, which is only one in 12 schools that will implement this educational model. The special report can be found on the blog Un Computador por Niñ@ [ES].

Philippines: Corruption scandal reaches the presidential palace

27 September 2007

A $330 million national broadband network deal between the Philippine government and ZTE firm from China. Critics describe the contract as overpriced, unnecessary and disadvantageous to the Philippines. Tales of bribery, corruption and harassment have surfaced which could implicate the First Family.

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Bolivia: Evo Morales on the Daily Show

27 September 2007

President Evo Morales of Bolivia became only the 2nd sitting president to appear on the Daily Show, a popular comedy show that focuses on current events. During his visit to New York City for the United Nations Summit, Morales sat down with host Jon Stewart and through the use of translator spoke about his ideas for his country and for the world. However, many bloggers thought that the comedic nature of the program became lost in the translation and that many of Morales' statements sounded too good to be true.

Iraq: Seventeen Ministries without Ministers

27 September 2007

“The NYT has a report on the troubled government of Nouri Al Maliki. The story says that 17 ministries now are without a minister and those ministers who are left are in many cases doing double duty, making it difficult to improve the performance of the agencies,” writes Iraq Pundit.

Jordan: Letter to the Censor

27 September 2007

Jordanian blogger Hareega writes an open post to the censor here, and sarcastically notes: “We need you here. Our Jordanian blogsphere is polluted with cracked, uneducated, totally rude, unpatriotic, anti-freedom ignorant Jordan haters. I need you here. I need you to teach me to love my country, to watch my...

Ukraine: For Sale on eBay

27 September 2007

Orange Ukraine reports on how someone tried to sell Ukraine on eBay – and about the Sept. 30 vote: “The undecided, the casting of votes to smaller parties, the votes “against all”, will decide Ukraine's future.”

Ukraine: Unresolved Cases

27 September 2007

Mark MacKinnon writes about two unresolved cases that don't do any good to president Yushchenko's image at home and abroad: the 2000 murder of journalist Georgiy Gongadze and Yushchenko's 2004 poisoning.

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