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11 January 2009

Stories from 11 January 2009

Guatemala: Powerful Images of War Victims Leave Some Uncomfortable

Capturing images on film is one way to ensure that the collective memory does not forget about a country's history. When that country's history includes grusome events, those images can...

Ghana: Is ‘largely’ free and fair enough?

Belle of Catalyzing Change wonders why irregularities during the recent Presidential elections in Ghana have been overlooked: “Of all the media I have seen and heard though; both African and...

Zimbabwe: Running out of money and zeroes

World Bank economist and blogger Shanta Devarajan of the Africa Can blog, posted a letter sent by a friend in Zimbabwe describing the long lines at the ATM's and banks...

Cambodian leader's collection of doctorate degrees

The Son of the Empire comments that the numerous Honorary PhDs given to Cambodian leader Hun Sen are unnecessary: “Hun Sen doesn’t need such many fake Honorary Doctorate Degrees to...

Singapore: Chambermaid vs foreign maid

Kaffein-nated from Singapore criticizes the inconsistency of a government minister who argues that it is honorable to be a chambermaid but working as a maid in other countries is a...

Living in Hanoi 20 years ago

Caroline Finlay uploads a translated article by a Vietnamese blogger who reminisces his childhood years in Hanoi.

Indonesia: Facebook users on the rise

Budiputra reports that Facebook in Indonesia registered a growth rate of 645 percent in 2008. Indonesia has been the fastest growing country on Facebook in Southeast Asia. However, Friendster is...

Indonesia: Ferry capsizes with 250 people

A passenger ferry with 250 people onboard sank in bad weather in Indonesia. Rescuers are still looking for survivors.

South Africa: Why condemning Israel is wrong

Justin Hartman is upset about the ANC, the ruling South African party, condemning the attacks on Gaza by Israel: “…this upsets me is because our leaders are quick to jump...

Palestine: A guide to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Gaza

Za3tar, a Palestinian blogger from Ramallah, wrote a simple guide to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Gaza, including clarification for few used terms, as well as elaborating on the Palestinian perspective...

Brazil: Reflecting On Our Very Own Gaza Strips

As the rest of the world, Brazilian bloggers are closely following the latest developments of the Israel-Palestinian conflict. Opinions are divided, but the conflict has, nevertheless, led bloggers to reflect...

Palestine: “I see hatred in every blast pounding Gaza”

In this roundup of Gaza's blogs we hear about living without electricity, ways of getting the latest news, and white phosphorus shells. And an 11-year-old girl jokes: "It's like we...

Russia-Ukraine: The middleman of gas crisis

Robert Amsterdam discusses the role of RosUkrEnergo – the intermediary company that allegedly milks the profits out of the gas transit through Ukraine between Russian Gazprom and Ukrainian Naftogaz.

Egypt: Reporting Live from Rafah

Egyptian blogger and human rights activist Nora Younis has been watching the situation in Gaza closely and reporting live from Rafah, a Palestinian border town, where she spent her New...

Wildlife Tragedies and Happenings at WildlifeDirect Blogs

Attempts to flush out Uganda's Lords Resistance Army (LRA) rebel group's leader, Joseph Kony, have not been very successful. Instead, the civilian casualties continue to pile up. One devastating tragedy...

Armenia: New Year Celebrations

With the New Year holiday unofficially continuing until 13 January, whatever you are be a good one posts an extended entry accompanied by photographs on how the occasion is celebrated...

Poland: Does Tusk deliver on his promises?

Polandian discusses whether Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk and his governing party, Civic Platform, actually have delivered on any of their promises after more than a year in power.

Lithuania: Rumours of IMF-support exaggerated

Lituanica comments on the Lithuanian government's ambivalence to turning to the International Monetary Fund for loans due to effects on the country of the international financial crisis.

Lessons on libel: South African blogger sued for defamation

After South African Donn Edwards wrote in his blog about the dubious marketing tactics of a holiday rental company called Quality Vacation Club, he was sued for defamation. This was...

DR Congo: Containing the Ebola Outbreak

In late December an outbreak of the highly contagious Ebola virus was confirmed in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo). The outbreak is believed to have infected more than...

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