5 January 2009

Stories from 5 January 2009

Guyana: The Politics of Dual Citizenship

  5 January 2009

“How come no media house has raised the issue of dual citizenship…?” Guyana 360 says that “it's a debate taking place throughout the Caribbean” and thinks that the discussion should be at the forefront of Guyanese politics.

Jamaica: Murder Toll

  5 January 2009

Iriegal and Jamaica Salt are both disheartened by the country's 2008 murder rate, “the second highest total ever recorded.”

Jamaica: Blogging, etc.

  5 January 2009

“So 2008 was a rough year and 09 doesn't promise to be any better”, but Jamaica-based Annie Paul thinks that blogging can make all the difference.

Zimbabwe: January blog roundup

  5 January 2009

As shown by this roundup, most bloggers in Zimbabwe at the beginning of this new year are concerned with the economic and social situation in the country. Others are still following the court case of the abducted human rights activist Jestina Mukoko, who is facing charges of training bandits to topple Robert Mugabe's government.

Hong Kong: Police's Power in Question

  5 January 2009

A recent survey conducted by the Hong Kong University Public Opinion Survey Center, Hong Kong people's evaluation of the Police force has fallen to the lowest since 1997, the handover of Hong Kong from U.K to China. This is partly due to the police suppression of civic action in the...

Kyrgyzstan: Media Clamp Down

  5 January 2009

Patrick Frost reports that the Kyrgyzstan state is clenching a vice on international media outlets after it took off the air US-funded Radio Free Europe ‘Radio Azattyk’ and BBC programming.

Azerbaijan: Off the Air

  5 January 2009

Following the recent ban on foreign radio broadcasts in Azerbaijan, Thoughts On The Road registers its disappointment with the move. Although Radio Free Europe will now concentrate on expanding its web site, the blog says that this is no replacement for a radio station. It also wonders how Azerbaijani students...

Azerbaijan: Homophobia

  5 January 2009

Unzipped: Gay Armenia reports on the continuing battle of words between two Azerbaijani singers who accuse each other of being gay. The blog dealing with LGBT issues in the South Caucasus says that new comments made by another singer on heterosexual relationships seemed quite progressive for the region until he...

Brunei-Australia War Memorial

  5 January 2009

A Brunei-Australia Memorial was unveiled to commemorate the Australian landings in Brunei during the Second World War and to mark the cooperation between the people of Brunei Darussalam and Australia.

Malaysia: Praise for the mysterious masked man

  5 January 2009

Journalist and activist Muhamed Syukree Hussain, 28, was the mysterious masked man who was always present in the weekly candlelighting vigil protests in Malaysia. He died last month. His sudden death surprised fellow activists and bloggers.

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