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8 January 2009

Stories from 8 January 2009

A Dark Past in East Timor for Obama's National Intelligence Nominee

Citizen journalists from East Timor have been busily tweeting about the nomination of Admiral Denis C. Blair for the post of US director of National Intelligence. The nominee faces serious...

Cuba: Interview with Blogger Miriam Celaya

Miriam Celaya is a Cuban blogger, whose blog Sin Evasión [es] is celebrating its one year anniversary. She started writing under the pseudonym "Eva González," but six months later she...

Iranian government uses Gaza conflict to repress

While several Iranian bloggers (including Islamist ones) multiplied their posts and digital initiatives, such as a “Google bomb” to condemn Israel's invasion of the Gaza Strip, some other bloggers are...

Sri Lanka: Assassination Of A Journalist

Sri Lanka remains as one of the world’s most dangerous countries for independent journalists. reports that Lasantha Wickremetunge, one of Sri Lanka’s best known journalists was shot in the...

Chile: Videoblogging daily life

From Chile, Paloma Baytelman brings us snippets of daily life and other not-so-common events through her videoblog. Santa driving a bus, voting, and harrassment by costumed characters are only part...

Taiwan: Focus on the justice system

Taiwan's justice system has constantly been in the news over recent months. The trial of former President Chen Shui-bian has focused people's attention, however it has also sparked broader criticisms...

St. Vincent & the Grenadines: Candid Camera

Abeni wants to know what's wrong with law and order in St. Vincent and the Grenadines: “All of a sudden it seems taking a photograph is a no no…a journalist...

Trinidad & Tobago: Bringing Sexy Back

Should blogs be sexy? Blogging from Trinidad and Tobago, This Beach Called Life says: “Yes, but only if you want to get them noticed.”

Cuba: Dealing with Racism

As a documentary on racial discrimination in Cuba is released, Havana republishes a mainstream media article on the debate, while Babalu Blog says: “I guess this reporter figured out...

Barbados, Grenada: Fashion Police

The Bajan Reporter says that police in Grenada are cracking down on the “sagging pants” trend.

Jamaica: For Bloggers

Jamaican litblogger Geoffrey Philp adapts Psalm 23 to suit the needs of bloggers.

Kazakhstan: Kazakh Student Killed in Moscow

Adam informs the readers that an 18-year-old student from Kazakhstan had been stabbed to death in south-west Moscow.

Azerbaijan: Day of Ashura

Yesterday marked the Day of Ashura, a religious festival commemorating the martyrdom of Hussein, grandson of the Prophet Mohammad, at the battle of Karbala. Often associated with images of flagellation...

Armenia: New Year, Christmas Traditions

From the Mind of an Armenian Woman introduces its readers to traditions associated with the New Year and Christmas. In a second post, the same blog details how the church...

Malawi: Gas prices remain high despite global plunge

There are growing calls in Malawi for the government to reduce the price of gas, following a global drop in prices in recent weeks. While many countries have seen reductions...

Philippines: Funding cuts for higher education

mind-a-now reports that the Philippine Senate has reduced the funding of 21 state universities.

Laos: Plain of Jars

Maikulian posts a picture of “Plain of Jars” taken in Phonsavan, Laos. “Plain of Jars” refers to historic sites in Laos containing thousands of stone jars.

How is Laos related to Netherlands?

Lao Voices cites various historical, geographical and cultural facts which point out the similarities of Laos and The Netherlands.

Buddha Park in Vientiane

Lao Voices uploads a video of her visit to the Buddha Park in Vientiane, Laos.

Cambodia: “Victory over Genocide”

Cambodia celebrates the 30th year of the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime. The theme for this year’s anniversary is “Victory over Genocide.” But Modern Progressive Khmer insists Cambodia was...

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