1 April 2009

Stories from 1 April 2009

The first Brunei Postgraduate Symposium

  1 April 2009

Two weeks ago, the first Bruneian Postgraduate Symposium was held at the Brunei Gallery, School of Oriental African Studies in London. The symposium provided an oppprtunity for Bruneian students to exchange ideas and concerns on various topics. Participants discussed the difficulties of accessing resources and data on Brunei for academic research.

Thailand: Chiang Mai air pollution

  1 April 2009

Thousands in Chiang Mai in north Thailand have suffered respiratory infections due to severe air pollution. Even government authorities are advising locals to wear surgical masks.

Malaysia's New Prime Minister

  1 April 2009

The soon to be 6th Prime Minister of Malaysia is Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. Many writers have expressed concern that Najib's ascendancy will “steer Malaysia back to authoritarianism.”

Vietnamese Mail Order Brides in Singapore

  1 April 2009

A video documentary exposes that Singapore men could “purchase” Vietnamese brides for S$10,000. Alvin comments: “What’s even more humiliating, the girls were made to visit a clinic in Singapore to get a certificate verifying their virginity before they can be sold.”

Cuba, U.S.A.: The Cuban Press

  1 April 2009

As President Barack Obama eases U.S. travel restrictions to Cuba, Generation Y says: “In the street no one talked about anything else…but the official media treated it warily. The journalists have been caught up in other issues: the potato harvest, the World Baseball Classic, the Bolivarian Revolution and, of course,...

Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, U.S.A.: Focus on Obama

  1 April 2009

Jamaican diaspora blogger Geoffrey Philp posts another poem for Barack Obama, while in Trinidad and Tobago, Media Watch applauds the BBC‘s coverage of Obama's arrival for the G20 Summit and says that local media should take a cue from its foreign counterparts to improve their coverage of the upcoming Summit...

Cuba: Amnesty on Antúnez

  1 April 2009

Diaspora bloggers Uncommon Sense and Sunrise in Havana both refer to an Amnesty International statement “calling for the public to step up on behalf of Cuban dissident Jorge Luis García Pérez (Antúnez).”

St. Vincent & the Grenadines: Child Protection

  1 April 2009

“If I told you a mother rented her baby,would you believe or say it's just an April Fool's joke?”: From St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Abeni thinks that “it's high time…that we have a Family Services with enough teeth to undertake the serious business of protecting our children.”

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