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11 February 2009

Stories from 11 February 2009

Philippines: Dumaguete Flood

The roads of Dumaguete suddenly became rivers when heavy rains battered the central Philippine city over the weekend. I Hate My Job shares his account of the flooding along with...

Hungary: The Roma and the Killing of Marian Cozma

Marian Cozma, a Romanian handball player, was killed in a nightclub fight in Veszprém, Hungary, on Feb. 8. Here's some of what's been written by bloggers about the circumstances of...

Philippines: If I Were Mayor of Bacolod

The Loveless Guru suggests 12 changes in the way Bacolod is governed if she was the mayor of the central Philippine city.

Philippines: Baro At Saya

One Sixth Sense posts photos of a doll donning different variations of the baro at saya, the Philippine national dress.

Indonesia: Many are still using Firefox 2

Through Twitter, Enda reports that Indonesia has the highest percentage of Firefox 2 users.

Myanmar: Three-year cyclone relief plan

According to The Irrawaddy, the Tripartite Core Group of Burma has a 3-year recovery and preparedness plan and will seek US $691 million to continue the Cyclone Nargis relief effort....

Malaysia: Opposition papers confiscated

Opposition newspapers Harakah and Suara KeADILan have been confiscated by the tens of thousands in Malaysia. Critics say this “is a politically motivated move by the government to block information.”

Indonesia: Earthquake report through Twitter

A 7.2 magnitude earthquake jolts Indonesia and some parts of the Philippines. Twitter broke the news ahead of mainstream media. Jyamasaki tweets: “I continue to be impressed how twitter is...

Qatar and Bahrain: Disappearing the Internet

It would seem that another crackdown on Internet freedoms is occurring in the Middle East. Once thought to be the last bastion of free speech, the Internet has recently been...

Ukraine: National Security Meeting

Ukrainiana writes about the National Security and Defense Council meeting and translates some of the transcripts – here and here.

The Balkans: War Movies

Gray Falcon critiques some of the Balkan war movies.

Thai gov't upset over Angelina Jolie comment on refugees

UN Goodwill Ambassador and American actress Angelina Jolie visited a refugee camp in Thailand. Her visit and comments about the state of refugees from Myanmar were criticized by Thailand’s government....

Ukraine: ‘Faina’ Sailors Charged $200 for Phone Calls

Petro's Jotter writes that “the sailors released from the Ukrainian owned vessel ‘Faina’, that was captured by Somali pirates last September, have been charged 200 USD for phonecalls made while...

Ukraine: Profile of a Chernobyl Employee

Michael Forster Rothbart writes about one of control room shift supervisor at Chernobyl Power Plant, whom he photographed for “a series of panoramic portraits of Chernobyl employees en milieu“: “The...

Paraguay: The Typical Dish of Vori Vori

Vori Vori is a typical Paraguayan dish which is a soup with corn balls and meat and chicken, as described by Camino al Paraguay [es].

Serbia: Belgrade Prices

Belgraded and Balkan File discuss whether Belgrade is a cheap city or not.

Mexico: The Passing of the Tomato King

Andrés Bermúdez, also known as the “Tomato King” because of his invention of a tomato-planting machine, recently passed away writes Mexico Monitor. Bermúdez also was the first migrant in the...

Bolivia: Native Languages in the Public Bureaucracy

Ermapelo of Ciudad de Patas [es] wonders about the push in the new Constitution that seeks that all public employees in the Bolivian government speak at least one native language,...

Russia: “A ‘Fifth Wave’ of Emigration”

Window on Eurasia writes about “a ‘fifth wave’ of emigration” currently affecting Russia, as “tens of thousands” of Russia's managers and entrepreneurs are now seeking employment abroad.”

Poland, Pakistan: Piotr Stanczak's Death

The beatroot writes about the death of Piotr Stanczak, the Polish engineer who was kidnapped four months ago in Pakistan and beheaded last week.

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