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11 February 2009

Stories from 11 February 2009

Philippines: Dumaguete Flood

  11 February 2009

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 photos and videos. He also posted more pictures of the destruction left in the flood's aftermath. Meanwhile, Anthology of Snippets...

Philippines: Baro At Saya

  11 February 2009

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

Myanmar: Three-year cyclone relief plan

  11 February 2009

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. Nargis hit Myanmar last May 2008 which killed and displaced hundreds of thousands in the country.

Malaysia: Opposition papers confiscated

  11 February 2009

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

  11 February 2009

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 able to report on the Earthquake in Indonesia a few hours before it's reported on major news sites.”

Qatar and Bahrain: Disappearing the Internet

  11 February 2009

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 subjected to a spate of blockings; and while censorship is no new thing to the region, the willingness of countries such as Bahrain and Qatar to adopt strict Internet policies akin to those in neighboring Saudi Arabia has created a sense of alarm amongst the online community.

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Thai gov't upset over Angelina Jolie comment on refugees

  11 February 2009

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. What are the views of bloggers in Thailand?

Ukraine: Profile of a Chernobyl Employee

  11 February 2009

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 photos are equally about the people and the places they inhabit. Daily lives in this unique environment.”

Mexico: The Passing of the Tomato King

  11 February 2009

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 U.S. to become mayor of a Mexican town.

Bolivia: Native Languages in the Public Bureaucracy

  11 February 2009

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, and how many of the terms used in bureaucracy do not have equivalents in those languages. In the end, much...

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