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6 December 2008

Stories from 6 December 2008

Latvia: Freedom of Speech Controversy

Prominent Latvians are outraged over the detention of a university lecturer at a seaside town of Ventspils by the security police. The economic crisis, a bank bailout, and the launched...

Bangladesh, India: Photos On Positive Lives

Renowned Bangladeshi photo journalist Shahidul Alam reviews the works of Dayanita Singh, an award winning Indian photographer. Her works were displayed at “Positive Lives”, an exhibition on people’s responses to...

Pakistan: Spare the Lamb for Eid-ul-Adha

Temporal at Baithak suggests some effective ways of sacrificing wealth for the poor during Eid-ul Adha instead of sacrificing animal (Qurbani) and wasting the meat: “We can think of many...

Iran: Images from Iran

Pars Arts has done an interview with Tom Loughlin a Colorado-based artist whose portraits of Iranians in Iran are being shown in a groundbreaking and thought-provoking installation across the United...

Iran:Disaster in Gaza

Edalatkhaneh, an Iranian blogger, has published[fa] a report on economic disaster in Gaza Strip. The blogger says Israel's economic sanctions have made life very difficult for people living in this...

Iran:How does the Guardian get its information?

Bepa09, an Iranian blogger, writes that an article in the UK based Guardian says about its source of information: according to Jahan News, a website considered close to Iran’s intelligence...

Iran:”Resistance in Gaza”

Haj Rezvan, an Iran based blogger, says [fa] “resistance in Gaza Strip will become stronger if [Israel's]blockade continues”.

Latvia: Ruling party in trouble

Baltic comments on the potential for political crisis in Latvia, as news broke that Prime Minister Godmanis and his ruling LPP/LC party overstepped the legal threshold for campaign spending for...

Ethiopia: Teddy Afro gets a six-year sentence

Addis Journal reports that Teddy Afro was been given a six-year sentence on Monday, convicted on two charges of killing a homeless in hit-and-run accident and driving away without reporting...

Malawi: 36-hour bus ride to Johannesburg

Boni Dulani describes his 36-hour bus ride from Mangochi, Malawi to Johannesburg, South Africa going through Mozambique and Zimbabwe. He concludes “despite all those challenges, there is a positive story...

Philippines: Reflections on Iloilo History

ToTomel reflects on the history of Iloilo, a center of trade and commerce in the central Philippines since the 19th Century when the country was under Spanish colonial rule.

Myanmar: English translation of Constitution

Myat Thura uploads an English translation of Myanmar's constitution

Vietnam: Christmas invasion

CitizeMekong uploads a video about the “Christmas invasion” in communist Vietnam. David in Ho Chi Minh notes that Christmas in Vietnam is “strictly the commercial free-for-all” with no mention of...

Vietnam: New regulations on blogging

Vietnam authorities want to impose new regulations on internet use and blogging in Vietnam. The ministry officials said “The law will not interfere with bloggers’ privacy, but will help in...

Vietnam: Activist blogger faces tax fraud charges

Vietnamese activist Nguyen Hoang Hai, better known by the blogging name of Dieu Cay, is facing tax fraud cases. But he claims these are trumped up charges. According to his...

Wife of ousted Thai leader returns to Bangkok

Potjaman Shinawatra, the wife of ousted Thai leader Thaksin Shinawatra arrived in Thailand on the first day of reopening of Bangkok's airport. The Thaksin couple was earlier found guilty by...

Thailand: Why did they choose the airport?

Thai Politico explains why anti-government protesters chose Thailand's new airport to stage their “decisive battle” against the government.

Thailand: Protesters honor their fallen comrades

Anti-government protesters from the People's Alliance for Democracy have been conducting street actions for the past 193 days. PAD said 7 of its members were killed, one comatosed, six crippled,...

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