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19 March 2009

Stories from 19 March 2009

Bangladesh: Lacking In Disaster Management

An Ordinary Citizen opines that the fire in Bashundhara City Shopping Complex exposes the inadequacy of disaster management system in Bangladesh.

Nepal: On Individualism

Thinking About Nepal believes that: “if Nepali parents are able to indoctrinate in their children a sense of individualism along with respect for community and elders, Nepal will have a...

Brazil: Controversial demarcation of indigenous land confirmed

Five indigenous tribes of Brazil have won a 30-year battle to reclaim 1.7 million hectares of their ancestral land in Roraima in the Amazon on the border to Venezuela and...

Egypt: Azazeel Wins Arab Booker Prize

Egyptian Blogger Zeinobia reports that Dr Youssef Zidan's controversial novel Azazeel has won the Arab Booker Prize for 2009. This is the second year in a row for an Egyptian...

Long awaited victory for Baha'is in Egypt

After many years of being denied the right to legal documentation, Egypt's Supreme Administrative Court removed any grounds for preventing Baha'is from receiving proper official identity documents.

Morocco: Cutting Ties With Iran

Early last week, it was reported that Rabat had chosen to sever its ties with Tehran, after a diplomatic spat between Bahrain and Iran over a statement by an Iranian...

India: The Menace of Ragging

Sam's Lodge [chai-coffee] describes how the trend of ragging is becoming severely violent in India. The blog comments: “a clear distinction must be made between ragging and bullying. When ragging...

Thailand: PM meets exiled scholar and critic at Oxford

Thailand's Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva met exiled Thai scholar and prominent critic Giles/Ji Ungpakorn at Oxford University. Giles fled Thailand early this year after he was accused of insulting the...

Guatemala: A Violin in Silence After Murder of Youth

The latest victims to violence in Guatemala are a young violinist, Hans Castro and his two companions Andrea Robledo and Edwin Urrea. The murders took place in the outskirts of...

Nigeria: BarCamp Nigeria 2009

Oluniyi writes about BarCamp Nigeria, which will take place next month. Justin Hartman, the co-founder of Afrigator is one of the speakers.

Qatar: www turns 20

The World Wide Web turned 20 on Friday. Mohamed Nanabhay, based in Doha, Qatar, reminisces on the occasion. Click on the link to see his interview with Al Jazeera.

South Africa: Glad to be a girl is Best African Weblog

South African blog, Glad to be a girl is the winner of the Best African Weblog award at the Ninth Annual Weblog Awards.

Zimbabwe: Business Environment Improving

There are signs that the business environment is changing slightly as the easing of restrictions allows free market forces to once again catalyse transactions, Sokwanele blog reports.

Malawi: Identity of visa-ban minister revealed

Kumekucha blog reveals the identity of the Kenyan minister banned from traveling to the United States of America.

Malawi: Official Campaign Period Begins

Malawi's electoral body said on Tuesday it had opened a 2-month official campaign period, setting the stage for the country's fourth general multi-party poll scheduled for May 19.

The Pope in Cameroon (2): Of Clerics, Corruption and Politics

The visit of the head of the Roman Catholic Church to Cameroon this March 2009 has ignited some Cameroonian bloggers to point the search lights on the political effects (if...

Egypt: Waves of Workers’ Strikes

Like in 2008, this year is witnessing waves of strikes and demonstrations by Egyptian workers in various sectors and organizations. Students, pharmacists, lawyers [Ar], railway drivers, media people and, last...

South Asia: Migrant Workers Coming Home

South Asia is a populous region. Many South Asian immigrants or migrant workers travel to distant places around the world in search of a better education, job or better living...

Cuba: Six Years After “Black Spring”

March 18-20 marks the sixth anniversary of the Cuban Black Spring. Cuban bloggers remember...

Iran: Omid Reza Mir Sayafi talked about New Year

Omid Reza Mir Sayafi,Iranian blogger and journalist who died in prison yesterday, talked about Iranian new year in his blog,Rooz Negar, 3 years ago. He invited [fa] people to lay...

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