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12 September 2008

Stories from 12 September 2008

Madagascar: Living abroad changes a man

In an article published in March, economists William Easterly and Yaw Nyarko noted that in Sub-Saharan Africa, remittances (money sent by immigrants abroad back to their home countries) on average...

Russia: Ukrainian NGOs Exporting Orange Ideas?

Osteuropablog discusses [GER] an article on Rosbalt.Ru about a perceived threat of Ukrainian NGOs in southern Russia bringing an Orange Revolution to the country.

Estonia-Finland: Divided views on dealing with Russia

Itching for Eestima discusses how Finland deals with its Russian neighbour in the Georgia war context and reflects on Estonia's role.

Russia: Getting the Message Through

Kosmopolit comments on the difficulties for Russian leaders to get their message through internationally, when their political language does not come across to their audience.

Bahrain: Swapping plastic for paper

Bahraini blogger Mahmood reports on a local supermarket introducing paper bags instead of plastic ones – and interviews some of the customers for their opinions.

Saudi Arabia: Women and their drivers

“In Saudi Arabia you can tell a lot about a woman by her relationship with her driver. Yes I call it a relationship. Because, unlike anywhere in the world, drivers...

Singapore: New rule for cigarettes

Singapore Customs announced yesterday that they are taking extra strides against illegal cigarette smoking. Beginning Jan. 1, 2009, in addition to the graphic warning labels that already line the shelves...

Showbiz candidates in Indonesia

The 2009 Indonesian elections get more interesting (or disappointing?) as entertainment celebrities have been tapped to run for elective posts.

Malaysian blogger arrested again

Hard-hitting Malaysian blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin was arrested again by police for allegedly violating Malaysia's Internal Security Act. Another journalist was arrested too.

Philippines: Electoral fraud

Cheating is possible even in an automated election system, Morofilm writes.

Thailand: Samak out, but protests continue

Thailand's Prime Minister was ordered by the court to step down for violating the constitution. But Bangkok protesters vow to continue with their campaign until political reforms are instituted.

Arabeyes: Daily life during Ramadan

In this post we look at different experiences of everyday life across the Arab world during Ramadan. We hear how Palestinians are coping in Gaza, how an Italian deals with...

Japan: Nike buys out name of public park

Nike Japan, the Japanese subsidiary of sportswear multinational Nike, will turn a public park in central Tokyo, Miyashita Park, into what they call “Nike Park”. The naming rights have already...

Kenya: The Looming Class War

James Muritu discusses the looming class war in Kenya. He writes, “I remember reading, almost a year ago, an article by the former member of parliament for Subukia, Hon. Koigi...

Russia: Western Response

Robert Amsterdam writes that “the Western response to [the Russian-Georgian conflict] should be mercantile and specific. The West should attack the visas, bank accounts and financial transactions of those involved...

Haiti: Update from Cabaret

RHFH Rescue Centre posts a photo update about one of the worst-hit Haitian towns, Cabaret.

Trinidad & Tobago, U.S.A.: Sexual Politics

“Her winning smile and girl next door looks serv(e) to convince me that she could possibly be the scariest woman to be seen in western politics since Margaret Thatcher. But...

Trinidad & Tobago: What's Wrong

As a Trinidadian man dies after his car was firebombed, Coffeewallah blogs about the many things that are bothering her about her country.

Cuba: How to Help

Havana-based blogger Yoani Sanchez says: “Despite the air of triumph they present to us on the TV news, talking about ‘hurricane recovery’, Cubans are very worried” and writes another post...

Barbados: War Games?

“The arrival of the Tu-160’s in Venezuela and the recent announcement that Russia will deploy its Northern Fleet to the Caribbean Sea to conduct joint exercises with the Venezuelan Navy...

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