Stories from 18 December 2008
Sri Lanka: Troubles At School Final
Chitrangi reports that in some areas of Sri Lanka the state school final (G.C.E/O Level) examinations ran into trouble because of errors in question papers and insufficient question papers.
Bhutan: Assaults On Wives
Tse at Kuzu Bhutan Weblog writes about the battered wives in the Bhutanese societies.
India: Media to Self Censor
Über Desi comments on the news that a conglomeration of India’s leading news agencies agreed on a guideline to prevent media debacles in the future. The Indian TV media were much criticized for their role during the 60 hour Mumbai siege by terrorists.
Media Re:public report released
Media Re:public, a project of the The Berkman Center for Internet and Society, today released their long-awaited report on the state of networked digital media. The report, “Media Re:public, News and Information as Digital Media Come of Age,” analyzes the challenges and opportunities of networked digital media. While United States...
Cameroon: Africa's “Liberation Theologian” Jean-Marc Ela dies
Dibussi Tande of Scribbles from the den writes about Father Jean Marc Ela who died in Canada on the 14th of December. He was variously been described as “the nearest Africa has come to a liberation theologian in a Latin American sense “, the “Champion of a theology under the...
Iran: A Long and Painful Story of Jailed Bloggers
Iranian blogger and journalist, Omid Reza Mirsyafi, was sentenced to two and a half years of prison this week. He stands accused of insulting religious leaders, and engaging in propaganda against the Islamic Republic. Over the past 5 years, several bloggers in Iran have faced jail and persecution because of their blogs. Some were detained for a few days while others were condemned to several years.
Cameroon: Concern for freedom
Though Cameroon is not the focus of world attention, some recent blog posts question the reality of freedom in this African country. On his blog [fr], Édouard Tamba worries about freedom in his country: Le 8 novembre dernier, le sous-préfet de Yaoundé II débarque au Palais des congrès avec l’intention...
Abu Hadeed: Egypt's first Computer Game
Abu Hadeed is Egypt's first original computer game. Zeinobia writes about the copyrights issues and the concept saying:”It is the first game to be based upon an Egyptian cinematic character. Originally it was based on Boha, the hero of comedian Mohamed Saad’s film “Boha”. It is an odd choice to me...
Egyptian President Mubarak is not among the world's top 10 dictators
Turns out that there is a list for the world's worst dictators and this year President Mubarak is not in the top ten. Zeinobia wrote: “For 2 successive years president Mubarak of Egypt was among the infamous top dictators of the world according to Parade Magazine. But this year 2008,...
Eman Hashim blogs against Berlitz Egypt
Has corruption tarnished Berlitz Egypt's reputation? Egyptian blogger Eman Hashim wrote on facebook and on her blog wondering how come her students received their grades and certificates when she never submitted neither their grades nor their final exam papers. Eman tells us the story saying Back in July 2008, I...
Jordanian Bloggers React To Bush's Shoegate
While a week has yet to pass since US President Bush faced a shoe flying in his direction from an Iraqi journalist during a press conference, the Jordanian blogosphere is already aflutter with varying reactions. Here’s a look at how Jordanian bloggers have been reacting thus far.
Gambia: Tribute to slain journalist Deyda Hydara
Sofa Jawaro of The sword of truth pays a tribute to slain Gambian journalist Deyda Hydara on the 4th anniversary of his murder.
Cameroon: Internet scams
George Esunge Fominyen lists a few internet scams that are becoming increasingly popular in Cameroon, competing with more famous ones in neighboring Nigeria.
China: Mapping the hurt feelings of the Chinese people
Joel Martinsen from DANWEI creates a map for showing which are the countries involving in “hurting the feelings of the Chinese people”, a rhetoric frequently used by Chinese government.
Trinidad & Tobago: Where is the Love?
Trinidad and Tobago girls, politics, sports, technology, carnival, and lifestyle is “totally shocked by the lack of support from regional leaders” with regard to the Prime Minister's recent cancer surgery.
Dominica: The Buggery Law
As HIV infection rates continue to climb, Dominica Weekly says: “The point is our politicians, religious leaders and community health experts must learn how to bury their differences and find multi-divided solutions to the HIV/AIDS problem.”
Haiti: UN Occupation
Haitianalysis.com examines why an extended UN presence in Haiti is probably not best for the country.
Cuba: The Crowing Rooster
In response to Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez's question, Mariela Castro calls her the equivalent of a “cocky hen”, prompting Sanchez to ask: “Does she believe that I do the work of a man because I demand rights and claim respect for political preferences? If to be a very delicate hen...
Barbados: Assets & Orientation
Barbados government minister Patrick Todd is in hot water with the nation's bloggers. Barbados Free Press calls his statement about members of Parliament declaring assets an “outright lie”, while Gallimaufry and The Bajan Dream Project are appalled by his call for all Barbadian MPs to publicly declare their sexual orientation,...
Bermuda: Leader of the Pack
Bermudian blogger Vexed Bermoothes shares some musings on leadership.
Jamaica, Grenada: “Reggae Boyz” Win
YardFlex.com reports that the Jamaican football team (affectionately referred to as The Reggae Boyz) has won the Digicel Caribbean Championship, defeating Grenada 2-0 in the finals.