9 March 2009

Stories from 9 March 2009

Sri Lanka: TamilNet On and Off

  9 March 2009

ICT For PeaceBuilding (ICT4PEACE) reported that TamilNet, a pro-LTTE news site was once again accessible after being blocked inside Sri Lanka in June 2007. But the good news only lasted 12 hours as it was blocked once again, the blog informs.

Pakistan: A protest Up Close

  9 March 2009

Saad Sarfraz Sheikh at Lahore Metblogs posts some photos and first hand accounts of the protests of the workers of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) against the Supreme Court (SC) verdict that disqualified the Sharif brothers from contesting the general elections.

Guatemala: Will the New Anti-Smoking Law be Enforced?

  9 March 2009

Claudia Navas of Ordinaria Locura [es] is pleased that the new anti-smoking law is now in effect in Guatemala, but lists some of the arguments by some why it won't be effective such as that no one will follow the law and that the police and other public officials will...

The Status Of Women In Nepal

  9 March 2009

On the occasion of the International Women’s Day Birat Simha at Nepali Perspectives.. comments on the status of women in Nepal: “Until we can accept the fact that all babies, whether male or female, are born equal and have equal rights, the status of Nepali women will continue to be...

‘Middle India’ can make a difference

  9 March 2009

Rajesh Jain at Emergic opines that the 400 million strong Middle India, whose voices are not heard and who do not get the focus of the politicians, can make a difference in the upcoming Indian Elections.

Bangladesh: Role Of Media In Covering The BDR Mutiny

  9 March 2009

An Ordinary Citizen analyzes the role of media in covering the recent BDR Mutiny in Bangladesh. The blogger acknowledges that the “electronic media tried to convey the real-time phenomenon to the viewers,” and the citizen journalists expressed their opinion unhindered and made the whole process participative.

Iran: Student activist in trouble

In You Tube we can see (from 3.33-4.43 min) Ali Bagheri, a student activist in Sistan University in Iran was arrested by “security forces”. He was banned from university for protesting against insecurity and authorities in the university.

Senegal: A new documentary: Democracy in Dakar

  9 March 2009

Ethan reviews a new documentary titled, Democracy In Dakar, “It’s not just a portrait of a country’s vibrant music scene – it’s the complicated story of how hiphop emerged as a political force in Senegal, and how that force has been both empowered and thwarted in recent elections.”

Zimbabwe: Media Blackout On Opposition Ministers?

  9 March 2009

What will the the future of the relationship between journalists and the opposition in Zimbabwe?, “Zimbabwe journalists left The Avenues clinic in Harare where human rights activists are being admitted because two MDC ministers wanted them out. Finance minister Tendai Biti and ICT minister Nelson Chamisa had ordered the journalists...

Antigua & Barbuda: Upcoming Election

  9 March 2009

Abeng News Magazine notices that “the first significant general election in the English-speaking Caribbean in the post Obama campaign era is showing that it has learnt a lesson from the great North” – using the power of the Internet to reach potential voters.

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