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20 January 2009

Stories from 20 January 2009

MENA: Reactions to Obama's Inauguration

Today marked an historic moment in United States history as Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President. While Arab support of Obama has been waning over the past...

Armenia: Azerbaijani Airliner Lands in Yerevan

My The Caucasian Knot comments on yesterday's arrival of an Azerbaijani passenger plane flying directly between Baku and Yerevan. Carrying the American, Russian and French co-chairs charged with the task...

The Balkans: “Whose Is This Song?”

Recently several Macedonian bloggers published the documentary “Whose Is This Song” by a Bulgarian director Adela Peeva on their blogs and started discussing the story. The documentary was filmed as...

Russia: Train Station, Migrant Workers and Pro-Kremlin Youth

LJ user drugoi posts pictures and video (RUS) from Moscow's Kazansky Train Station, where activists from a pro-Kremlin youth movement held a rally to encourage Central Asian migrant workers to...

Russia, Ukraine: Gas and Soccer

LJ user dobrokhotov wrote this (RUS) on Jan. 18 about the Russian-Ukrainian gas deal: “What nonsense, it's been, like, two days already since they agreed on the price of gas,...

Thailand: Australian writer jailed for lese majeste

Australian writer Harry Nicolaides was given a three year prison sentence for lese majeste in Bangkok on Monday. He was charged with the offense of offending the monarchy for a...

Sri Lanka: Lack of Tamil Political Voices

Valkyrie writes at Groundviews: “The fundamental crisis of Tamil politics (in Sri Lanka) today is that there is no Tamil political group (except Tamil politico-armed groups) that advocates for the...

Lessons From Gaza

A Bengali In TO summarizes some lessons from the recent Gaza conflict and says: “The Muslim world has a surplus of martyrs and a deficit of scholars.”

Pakistan: Seeking Donation For A Private School

Kashif Aziz at Chowrangi shares an interesting ‘Pledge Form’ distributed by one private school in Karachi, asking parents to donate money for construction of its main campus.

India: Predictions for The 2009 Elections

Rajesh Jain at Emergic predicts the outcomes of the 2009 elections in India in contrast with the 2004 elections.

Pakistan: Walking on Burning Coal

All Things Pakistan criticizes an inhuman tribal practice in Pakistan in which a person has to walk on burning coal to prove innocence.

Africa: Mobile solution provider for African markets

Nii writes about Afric Xpress (AX), a solution provider for mobile phone-based and other electronic transaction services for African communities in the continent and abroad.

Bangladesh: Photoblog – Kantaji temple, Dinajpur

Munir Uddin Shamim takes us on a photo trip to the famous Hindu temple in Dinajpur, Bangladesh. Known as the Kantaji temple , this is a fine specimen of terracota...

Africa: Banking on African Women

“Women own nearly half of all enterprises in Africa, but have the hardest time securing credit,” writes Guest Author on AfricanLoft discussing African women and entrepreneurship.

Africa: 10 Lessons for African leaders from Obama

According to Paul Usungu, there are at least 10 things African leaders need to learn from Barack Obama

Zimbabwe: Dollarisation is official

At last, dollarisation of the Zimbabwe economy is official as Zimbabwe blogger Denford Magora reports.

Africa: Top Ranked Blogs

Here is a list of top ranked blogs in Africa from Afrigator, an African blog aggregator.

Iran: A popular sport program under fire

Several news sites and blogs reported that '90’ ,a very popular sport program is under fire by government because it criticised Iranian football authorities. Jomhour, an Iran based blogger, says[fa]...

Turkey: Hrant Dink Memorial Video

mondoDesperado posts video of yesterday's memorial to commemorate the second anniversary of the murder of Turkish-Armenian newspaper editor and journalist, Hrant Dink, outside his office in Istanbul, Turkey.

Taiwan: Cross-Strait viewpoints

A-gu translates and summarises the key points of a Strait Exchange Foundation forum. The Far-Eastern Sweet Potato criticises a Bloomberg report on cross-strait security.

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