21 February 2009

Stories from 21 February 2009

Bangladesh: Accessorizing Patriotism

  21 February 2009

Bangladesh Corporate Blog thinks that “a time has come when we need to ‘accessorize patriotism’ somehow”. The blog suggests that Bangladeshis should brand something as small as a Gamcha (traditional cotton towel) to start with.

DRC: When it rains in Kinshasa

  21 February 2009

Cedric Kalonji describes Kinshasa after a heavy rain [FR].  The roads turn into lakes, but “high up in their 4x4s, the authorities are untouched by the problem, the result being that there is almost no support for making storm sewers or gutters.”

Martinique: On independence and French “paternalism”

  21 February 2009

As the workers' movement in Martinique and Guadeloupe continues, bloggers in Martinique consider what it might mean for the overseas departments to become independent. le blog de [moi] finds the idea Martinique couldn't make it on its own offensive and paternalistic. Her readers think that one reality of being a small island country is that you are always under someone else's shadow.

Iraq: Rumours and Conspiracy Theories

  21 February 2009

Iraqi Pundit discusses the impact of rumours and conspiracy theories on his country, and the Middle East at large. “Rumours have traditionally done a great deal of damage in the Middle East, and Iraq was never spared from this exercise,” he notes.

Iraq: The Walk to Karbala

  21 February 2009

Laith walks for 67 miles from Baghdad to Karbala to mark the 40th day anniversary of the martyrdom of Imam Hussain, grandson of Prophet Mohammed (PBUH), who was killed in the Battle of Karbala in 680. “The journey of Karbala approved that Iraqis can be only one nation although some...

Iraq: The Irony in Al Zaidi's Shoe Throwing

  21 February 2009

Iraqi Pundit discusses the case of Muntadhar Al Zaidi, the journalist who threw a shoe at President George W Bush, during his visit to Iraq late last year. “I have said before that I understand that he released the frustration of countless Iraqis, and I get why Iraqis and non-Iraqis...

Angola: Presidential elections postponed?

  21 February 2009

As of the end of February 2009, there is still no schedule for the presidential elections in Angola, which were due this year. The main priority for the MPLA, the party in power, is to approve a new constitution for the country. Bloggers speculate whether this means that the much awaited elections for a new president, the first since 1992, will be postponed.

China: Eluding the Cat Investigation, Netizen's Power or Government PR?

  21 February 2009

In response to the netizens’ talks and comments about the “eluding cat” incident, the Yunnan provincial Publicity Department's Press and Publication Administration decided to form an investigative committee on Feb 20. Moreover, the department had invited netizens to form a investigative committee. In a few hours, 510 netizens registered to...

Azerbaijan: News site closed down?

  21 February 2009

Following a recent ban on foreign broadcasts in the country, the content of a leading news site considered more independent than most in Azerbaijan was replaced on Thursday with a message informing readers that the “project is closed.” Although the authorities denied any involvement with the site's disappearance, bloggers were not convinced.

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