3 December 2008

Stories from 3 December 2008

Croatia: Threats to Journalist Drago Hedl

  3 December 2008

From the Frontline writes about the “testing times for Croatian journalists”: “In October Ivo Pukanić, the editor of the Nacional Magazine, and a colleague were both killed in a car bomb explosion in central Zagreb. The assassination shocked the nation, yet the situation has not improved. Well-known journalist Drago Hedl...

Belarus: Tanya Kazyra Returns Home

  3 December 2008

Tanya Kazyra, a participant in a summer program for children from Belarus’ Chernobyl-affected areas, has finally returned home, and now there is some hope that the governmental ban on travel outside the country for all “Chernobyl Children” might be lifted, Chernobyl and Eastern Europe Blog reports.

Estonia: Pärnu

  3 December 2008

Itching for Eestimaa writes about a trip to Pärnu – “pop. 44,000, is the fifth largest city in Estonia, located on the country's southwest coast. It's also the ‘summer capital’ of Estonia, which made our choice of visiting during the first major blizzard of the year somewhat unique.”

Sweden: Immigration

  3 December 2008

Certain Ideas of Europe writes: “Not all of those Polish plumbers leaving Britain and Ireland as the economies slow are necessarily going straight home. Sweden has seen immigration surge to record levels this year.”

World Disability Day in South Asia

  3 December 2008

December 1st is observed around the world as AIDS Day and the occasion is largely publicized. Unlike the attention World AIDS Day receives, World Disability Day barely registers on the world media’s radar. Celebrated every year on December 3rd, World Disability Day honors the contribution made to our world by those with physical and mental handicap.

Cuba: government opposes bloggers meet-up

  3 December 2008

Cuban blogger (and 2008 Best of Blogs winner) Yoani Sanchez of Generación Y reports [ES] on her meeting with two interior ministry officials, after she was summoned to a police station. When they told her to cancel a planned bloggers’ meet-up, she asked for the order in writing. Babalu Blog...

French Guiana: The Unheard Blackout

  3 December 2008

For more than a week now, French Guiana has been in turmoil. The population is protesting against the skyrocketing price of gas by blocking roads, closing schools, and businesses. The cost of gas is currently €1,77 per liter (US$ 2,25), in contrast to the price of oil, which has been going as low as US$ 50,00 per barrel in the past weeks. The French Guianese blogosphere echoes this massive mobilization.

India: Twitter vs. MSM

  3 December 2008

Dina Mehta discusses Twitter's role during the recent terror attacks in Mumbai and explains that it complemented the efforts of the mainstream media.

Pakistan: Let Commonsense and Intelligence Prevail

  3 December 2008

Shaheryar Azhar at Pak Tea House writes on the growing tension between India and Pakistan after the terror attacks in Mumbai: “In steadfastly refusing to allow a healthy debate from the start about our own vulnerability and their real motives we have continued to strengthen our enemies and weaken ourselves,...

Sri Lanka: State of the Blogosphere

  3 December 2008

Cerno reviews the state of the Sri Lankan blogosphere in 2008 and comments: “The Sri Lankan blogosphere seems to have lost its feel of a political battle ground. On the positive side, there is a growing number of Sinhala language blogs.”

Jamaica: death penalty “savagery”

  3 December 2008

Idle Yout Speeks weighs in on the death penalty debate in Jamaica: "just beneath the surface we all hold a level of primal savagery that we keep under wraps under the premise of civilized behavior."

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