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2 January 2009

Stories from 2 January 2009

Palestine: “The earthquake in Gaza is unnatural, it's called Israel”

Gaza's bloggers describe welcoming in 2009 with the sound of F16s and "special fireworks", and a foreign activist explains why she has no intention of leaving.

Trinidad & Tobago: Farewell to Friday

One of Trinidadian blogger Nicholas Laughlin‘s favourite columnists is fired from a mainstream newspaper, prompting him to comment: “It's sad and frankly embarrassing that the Express apparently thinks there is...

Cuba: The Revolution, 50 Years After

January 1st 2009 marked the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution. Bloggers from across the region took note of the occasion, with the voices of the Cuban diaspora being some...

Haiti: 205th Anniversary of Haitian Independence

After the disasters they went through in 2008, Haitian people celebrated the start of 2009 more or less happily - in Haiti, January 1st marks not only New Year, but...

Pakistan: State of the Punjabi Language

Aamna at Lahore Metblogs discusses about the state of Punjabi language in Pakistan.

Bhutan: Thimphu's Shame

Tshering Tobgay writes about the state of Memelakha landfill, where the Bhutanese capital Thimphu's garbage ends up everyday.

Guadeloupe, Martinique, Gaza: Overseas Solidarity

The recent news coming from Gaza and the Middle East has had an impact on one Guadeloupe-based blogger, who recalls the historical and steady immigration of Syrians and Lebanese people...

Nepal: Maoist Attack On Himal

Democracy For Nepal (DFN) posts videos and more perspectives on the Maoist attack on Himal publication house.

Russia: Bloggers Debate Immunization of Children

One of the most popular health-related topics discussed by Russian bloggers is that of the immunization of children. Current digital media discussions reflect to a great extent debates that are...

India: Terror attack in Assam

Indian Elections 2009 reports that “three bomb blasts went off in Assam again on New Year’s day” leaving 5 dear and many injured.

Sri Lanka: Mission Accomplished?

The president of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapakshe officially announced that the government troops have captured LTTE rebel's de facto headquarters Kilinochchi after suffering heavy loss in the battle. The government...

Israel: Hamas is Not Palestine

Hamas is not Palestine, asserts Israeli Mom's Delphine Schrank. “If you support the Palestinians and have their best interest at heart, you should not be supporting Hamas. This current clash...

Israel: Liveblogging the War with Gaza

Israeli bloggers Jameel of The Muqata and Dave of Israellycool are liveblogging the war with Gaza. Their up to the minute coverage includes photos, videos, and news clips that from...

Israel: Sirens Sounds in Be'er Sheva

“It’s a terrifying sound… You close yourself in a room, and pray the alarm ends without a shocking boom. Complete helplessness,” writes OneJerusalem. See a video of the siren going...

Israel: Foreign Journalists in Gaza

David Bogner of Treppenwitz gives five reasons why Israel shouldn't allow foreign journalists into Gaza. “In Lebanon we had to fight a war on two fronts: on the battlefield against...

Gaza and Sderot: “The day after the war we need a new beginning”

Gaza City and the Israeli city of Sderot are separated by just a few kilometres. A year ago, even while the people of Gaza were living in severe conditions under...

Haiti: The Haitian Revolution

The Haitian Blogger discusses the 205th anniversary of the Haitian Revolution, adding: “As Haitians begin another year under UN occupation, they wonder when the struggle will be over.”

Anguilla: Discussing Dengue

“Dengue is now in Anguilla? Shusssh! That is a national secret.”: Corruption-free Anguilla asks: “How widespread in Anguilla will dengue have to become before it becomes a dengue epidemic?”

Jamaica: A New Year

Jamaican litblogger Geoffrey Philp posts a wish for your New Year.

Georgia: New Year, Christmas Feasting

The Tbilisi Blues comments on preparations for the New Year festivities in Georgia. Although events started at the beginning of December, the New Year will lead into Christmas celebrated on...

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