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15 April 2009

Stories from 15 April 2009

Israel: Celebrating the End of the Passover Holiday

Middle Eastern Jews conclude the Passover holiday with the breaking of bread– and other treats– in a holiday called Mimouna. Yonatan Dror Bar-On of Dutchblog Israel posts a mouthwatering photo...

Kuwait: Is Graffiti Art or Vandalism?

It is a recurring question: Is graffiti art or vandalism? This question was recently the centre of debate in the Kuwaiti blogosphere.

Some Interesting Factoids and Trivia About the Indian General Elections 2009

On April 16th, 2009 the first phase of the voting for the Indian general elections will begin and conclude on May 13th, 2009. This is the 15th general elections in...

India: Voting Rights For Indians Living Abroad

Law and Other Things blog discusses the legal aspects of providing voting rights to the Indians working and studying abroad and comments: “giving them the right to vote may help...

The Role of Mobile Technology in the 2009 Indian Lok Sabha Elections

Gaurav Mishra at Gauravonomics Blog writes about the role of mobile technology in the 2009 Indian Lok Sabha Elections. The use of mobile technology includes sms based campaigns, voter registration...

Bangladesh: The Rich Culture Of New Year Celebrations

An ordinary citizen writes about the rich culture of celebrating the Bangla New Year, Pahela Baishakh in Bangladesh.

Israel: Responding to Upswing of World Antisemitism

“It’s no secret that antisemitism around the world is on an upswing,” writes Occidental Israeli, who suggests possibilities for its mitigation.

Israel: West Bank Mosque Contains Weapons Lab

Lirun of East Med Sea Peace reflects on the fact that a mosque based in the West Bank was recently found to harbor a weapons lab: “i think these sorts...

Israel: Sandstorm Hits Israel

A sandstorm enveloped Israel last night, whipping branches off trees and sluicing clothing from lines. Yudit of Occupied reports: “After a hot dry Khamsin day, the wind is picking up...

Thailand: Extended holiday

The government of Thailand extended the country’s traditional New Year holiday festivities for public safety in case the Red Shirt protesters organize a new round of protests.

Thailand: Red Shirts paid to protest?

The Red Shirts have ended their protests. The leaders have been arrested and an arrest warrant was issued against former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. There is a popular video on...

Americas: Eye on the Summit

As the much-anticipated opening of the Fifth Summit of the Americas - which will see 34 Western Hemisphere leaders coming together to discuss issues related to human prosperity, environmental sustainability...

Cuba, U.S.A.: Play Ball

“The ball is in Cuba’s court after Obama threw it yesterday, as he announced new flexibility in his policies toward Cuba”: From Havana, Generation Y says: “The game would become...

Bahamas: Health Care Paradigm

Larry Smith, writing at Bahama Pundit, says that “the government will soon propose major medical reforms”, but notes: “The big challenge today is to find a sustainable solution…we will have...

Barbados: HIV & Young People

Bajan Dream Diary takes a look at the HIV epidemic among Barbados’ youth.

Barbados: Reputation & Governance

Barbados has hired a Canadian company to transform the Barbados Stock Exchange into an international one, but in light of existing integrity and freedom of information laws, Barbados Free Press...

Japan: New Publishing Models for Manga

Experimenting with new publishing models to overcome the decline of manga magazines, Shuho Sato has announced that he will be posting updates of “Say Hello to Black Jack (Sequel) –...

Uganda: President's wife appointed to cabinet

This month's cabinet reshuffle has Ugandan bloggers making 2011 election predictions. Among the new appointments President Yoweri Museveni made was the posting of his wife Janet as state minister for...

Peru: Mass Sterilizations During Fujimori Term

After the sentencing of Peruvian ex-president Alberto Fujimori for crimes against humanity, Silvio Rendón of Gran Combo Club [es] summarizes the events behind the mass sterilizations of indigenous women without...

Mali: Model village show power of investing in people

Le Pangolin writes about Teriya Bugu, a model village on the Niger river, in Mali, “proof that Africa has every opportunity to advance so long as it invests in people,...

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