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December, 2008

Stories from December, 2008

Uganda: Being a journalist is unpredictable

  31 December 2008

Daniel Kalinaki, an editor at the Ugandan daily The Monitor, explains that being a journalist in Uganda is an unpredictable profession: this week the paper has received a letter to “present ourselves at the Criminal Investigations Directorate to assist the police investigations that a story we published in the paper...

Bhutan: The Next Data Hub

  31 December 2008

The New Horizon analyzes the economical growth potential of Bhutan in the energy sector. The country has also the possibility of becoming a cyber hub of Asia with the help of increasing data centers being set up by the multinational companies.

India: A Relationship Based On Fairness

  31 December 2008

Supriyo Chaudhuri at Sunday posts has this to say to the winners of the Bangladesh election: “The Bangladeshi politicians must understand their responsibility and display their accountability to keep the mandate. India too, must abandon its big brother stance and make real concessions to build a relationship based on fairness,...

Morocco: “We Are All Gaza”

  31 December 2008

Rabat is 2,393 miles away from Gaza as the crow flies, but that doesn't stop Moroccans from feeling a strong sense of solidarity with Palestinians. As Israel's attacks against Gaza continue to worsen, Morocco's bloggers continue to speak out.

Bangladesh: Please accept the result

  31 December 2008

In the Middle of Nowhere writes an open letter to ex-Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, the chairperson of BNP, whose party lost significantly in the recent Bangladesh election: “Accept the results, Madam. Accept the result. Don’t follow the hated destructive path of the politics of rejection and exclusion.”

Trinidad & Tobago: Carnival Culture

  31 December 2008

“Minister of Culture Marlene Mc Donald has no doubts that Carnival 2009 will be a success even in the face of the global economic crisis”: Trinidad Carnival Diary is not so sure.

Trinidad & Tobago:

  31 December 2008

“It is an interesting note on which to end this year. Going back in order to go forward, knowing what went to know what comes next”: Trinidadian blogger Attillah Springer bids farewell to the Old Year and welcomes the new…

Bermuda, Grenada: Freedom of Information

  31 December 2008

Bermudian blogger Vexed Bermoothes reports that Grenada is in the process of introducing a Freedom of Information Act and public sector integrity legislation, with additional plans to “establish a common code of practice and ethics for media.”

Jamaica: Communing

  31 December 2008

“We won’t be condemning the Palestinians or the Israelis…we won’t be contributing to the chaos on frontlines…[we] have decided that our approach will be to help bridge communities”: Jamaica's Abeng News Magazine has a very clear goal for 2009.

Iran: Two bloggers in jail

  31 December 2008

Iranian judicial authorities announced that Hossein Derakhshan was being held in prison in connection with his comments about key figures of the Shiite faith.In the same time several bloggers such as Freedomvatan reported [fa] that Esmail Jafari, a journalist and blogger ‘was arrested by Iranian security agents’.

Azerbaijan: Historical Buildings

  31 December 2008

IN MUTATIONE FORTITUDO writes on the inauguration of a redesigned metro station in downtown Baku and decries the fact that the modern design does not sit well with the historical buildings in its vicinity. In a second entry, the same blog posts photographs of derelict buildings that will either be...

Azerbaijan: Day of Solidarity

  31 December 2008

Sheki, Azerbaijan writes that 31 December is not only New Year's Eve, but also marks the Day of Solidarity in her country. The blogger says that while Azerbaijan posses an abundance of natural resources, a lack of solidarity gives way to negative traits among its people. Concluding that respect is...

Thailand: Text messages from the Prime Minister

  31 December 2008

On his first day in office, Thai PM Abhisit Vejjajiva sent SMS to his constituents. A sample of the text message: “I am your new PM. I would like to invite you to help pull our country pull of the crisis. If you are interested in receiving my messages, please...

Fiji: Dispute over local jobs

  31 December 2008

A government infrastructure project in Fiji was delayed after local residents demanded that workers in the project should come from the local community.

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