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9 January 2009

Stories from 9 January 2009

Sri Lanka: Suppression of Dissent

Lanka Dissent, a Sri Lankan Internet news site in Sinhala , Tamil and English languages has decided to close down. An excerpt from its farewell message: “In this compassionate, democratic...

From Kivu to Gaza: How the Media Choose the Conflicts They Cover

The debate on why the war in east Congo receives such little media attention compared to conflicts in the Middle East continues. A Rue89 journalist asks, "If an Israeli death...

Israel: Israeli and Palestinian Doctors Fix Baby's Heart

Israeli and Palestinian doctors collaborated last week to save the life of a newborn. The Palestinian child and his grandmother were transported to Tel Aviv for emergency heart surgery. Funded...

China: Bu Zheteng

ESWN discusses various possible translation of “bu zheteng” in President Hu Jintao's speech last week.

China: Xinhua demanded Democracy, 60 years ago

Black and White Cat translated Wang Xiao feng's collection of Xinhua Daily's headline 60 years ago, which shows the Chinese communist party's belief in democracy and human rights in the...

Azerbaijan: Ashura in Baku

Joe's Trippin’ posts an extended entry complete with photographs and video of this week's Day of Ashura [See here for earlier coverage] in Baku, the capital of the Republic of...

China and Hong Kong: Views on Gaza Conflicts

After the first intense air strikes in the Gaza Strip at the end of 2008, Israel continues the attacks on the densely populated Gaza in 2009 and it is expected...

Anguilla: Destroying Heritage

“So what if the Cotton Gin was one of the last pieces of Anguilla’s built heritage that was in relatively good working condition…after all, it was done so that the...

Jordan: Respect for Chavez

Jordanian blog 7iber reports: “After Hugo Chavez expelled Israel’s Ambassador to Venezuela earlier this week, Jordanians left flowers by the Venezuelan embassy in Amman on Thursday, January 8th, as a...

Palestine: “Israel targeting Medics in Gaza”

“A Palestinian medic, traveling with two international Human Rights Activists, was shot by Israeli forces in Jabaliya, northern Gaza. He is one of over a 9 medics killed by Israel...

Turkey: Gaza War?

Turkish Aylin Ece Cicek, writing at The Eastern Middle, discusses the “war” between Israel and Gaza, saying: “Let me elaborate because I am not comfortable with using the word war;...

Jordan: “Barbaric Crimes of Israel in Gaza”

“It does not depend on a certain political perspective, nationality, religion or race to feel so outraged by the barbaric crimes of Israel in Gaza, you need only to be...

Cuba: Dissidents Arrested

Diaspora blogger Uncommon Sense reports on the arrest of dissidents who were allegedly marching “towards the cemetery in the town of Placetas to commemorate the victims of the Castro dictatorship.”

Egypt: Media Coverage of Gaza War

Egyptian AD Sabry, writing at Our Days of Life, reflects on media coverage on the ongoing assault on Gaza.

Palestine: Moment of Truth for CNN

Palestinian blogger Haitham Sabbah links to a CNN video which discusses who broke the ceasefire between Gaza and Israel first.

Bahamas, Cuba: The Revolution

“Let me say right now that I am sceptical, and deeply so, of those who denigrate Castro’s Cuba, especially those of us in The Bahamas who do so”: Nicolette Bethel...

Puerto Rico: Saving Grace

Dondequiera examines the issues “that ultimately prevent Puerto Rico from being saved.”

Trinidad & Tobago: The Face of Crime

“Now that Christmas is over and Carnival is coming up, every crook will do whatever it takes to get their fete money, money for their costume and money necessary to...

Trinidad & Tobago: Boxer Laid to Rest

Izatrini and Trinidad and Tobago News Blog report on the funeral of the late boxing champion Jizelle Saandy, while Media Watch critiques the mainstream media coverage of the event.

Bermuda: Rallying for Palestine

“I think most people share a sense of human solidarity against injustice, and I cannot think of any other way to describe the tragedy unfolding in Gaza”: Catch a fire...

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