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13 February 2009

Stories from 13 February 2009

India: The Pink Underwear Resistance

In some parts of India, celebrating Valentine's Day could be considered harmful to women's and couple's health, as Morality Police decide to hunt down couples and women that may be...

Bangladesh: Books By Bloggers

The history of Bangla blogging is relatively short. It was December 2005 when the first Bangla blogging platform was born. But soon more platforms came up and open source development...

India: The Satyam Fraud

Sans Serif comments: “It is remarkable how easily an even larger media circus has allowed ‘India’s Biggest Corporate Fraud’ to slip into ‘India’s Biggest Coverup’ in one month flat.”

Mexico: New Phishing Scam Through Email

A new phishing scam is making its rounds through many Mexicans’ email accounts and Zacateks [es] warns readers what to look for.

Mexico: Cartel Violence Affecting Phoenix

The drug cartel violence in Mexico is affecting the city of Phoenix, Arizona, which is now the world city with the second most kidnappings. Latina Lista writes that the US...

Egypt: Bloggers Rally Against Sexual Predators

Sexual harassment makes the headlines of Egyptian blogs once again after a blogger was harassed on the street by a group of young men, high on hash. Marwa Rakha reviews...

Iran: A letter to the Baha’i community

ZaneIrani writes that a group of academics, writers, artists, journalists and Iranian activists throughout the world wrote a letter to the Baha’i community to say that they are ashamed of...

Guatemala: Open-Source Software Saturdays

Open-Source Software Saturdays is an initiative in Guatemala to help with the preparations for the Software Installation Festival across Latin America planned for April 25 writes G10 [es].

Sri Lanka: Tamil Politics

Dayan Jayatilleka at Groundviews discusses the future of Tamil politics: “Tamil political discourse has to rediscover the heritage of Tamil progressivism.”

Bangladesh: International Telecom Policy

Rohan Samarajiva at LIRNEasia comments on the failing international telecom policy of Bangladesh, “illegal termination could not be controlled without bringing down international termination rates.”

China: CCTV under fire

On the night of February 9, part of China Central Television (CCTV) Tower caught fire when a squad was shooting fireworks to celebrate the Lantern Festival. The fire has reportedly...

Azerbaijan: Plouffe donates speaker's fee

Following the recent controversy surrounding a visit by Obama campaign manager David Plouffe to Azerbaijan, Blogger Interrupted says that his $50,000 speaking fee has been donated to the National Democratic...

Nigeria: Giving poets a space in national discussion

An initiative in Nigeria to give poets a role in national dialogue: Infocentrix Concept Publishing, ICP is set out to give voice to poets to participate in National discussion.

Nigeria: Coach Annoys Super Eagles Fans

Why are Super Eagle's fans annoyed with their national team coach Amodu Shuaibu? Nigeria’s Football Fans Blog has the details.

New Zimbabwe Has Arrived, But…

MDC president Morgan Tsvangirai was sworn in Wednesday as Prime Minister of Zimbabwe in a historic move to establish a government of national unity after years of political, economic and...

Chile: Bachelet's Visit to Cuba

Chilean president Michelle Bachelet has planned a trip to Cuba to improve relations after 37 years. La Pollera [es] writes about some of the criticism that has headed her way...

Japan: Google Japan and PayPerPost

Motohiko Tokuriki at Tokuriki.com posts a long discussion [ja] of the recent PayPerPost incident at Google Japan. Tokuriki writes that while he does not agree with the PayPerPost approach, there...

Kyrgyzstan: The internet cha-cha-cha

The Kyrgyzstan NGO community is going to fight legislators’ efforts at regulating the internet on the joint conference, reports Elena.

Kazakhstan: Legislative reforms ahead of OSCE chairmanship

Arman reports on the most recent developments in the legislative background of the Kazakhstani political system.

Kazakhstan: Nationalisation, devaluation and what next?

Ben reports that the Kazakh government first took over majority shares in BTA and Alliance Bank via its holding company Samruk-Kazyna and then proceeded to devalue the tenge by around...

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