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20 April 2009

Stories from 20 April 2009

Colombia: Transfer of US Military Base from Ecuador

The US military base currently located in Manta, Ecuador is being transferred to Colombia. “This is a violation of national sovereignty with the aim to maintain a certain level of...

Indian Elections 2009: Villains And Votes

If elections are to be described as a process to elect better leaders for the country, the ongoing elections in India are of a very different variety. A number of...

Pakistan: Terror Has A New Name

Faisal K. at Deadpan Thoughts realizes: “not a day goes by without some sort of threat in Pakistan to its citizens by these mysterious men we have come to know...

Bhutan: Don't Ban Nano!

Dipika, a Bhutanese journalist who blogs at On The Job, criticizes the recent debate in Bhutan on whether the $2500 car Tata Nano should be banned.

Lebanon: Activists Experiment with Social Media

The use of social media tools such as Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, and mobile technology has become increasingly popular in activism and advocacy work worldwide in recent years. In Lebanon, a...

Sri Lanka: Winning Back The Tamil Diaspora

The Whackstar's Lair opines that the Sri Lankan people should stop considering the Tamil diaspora as the enemy. Because: “EELAM is right here, but it’s called Sri Lanka, and people...

India: Importance Of Mother Tongue

Manasa Pamaraju at Desicritics states that many of the 22 official languages of India are losing the race to English or other dominant languages. The blogger comments: “what pains me...

Iran: Diplomats walk out at Ahmadinejad's speech

Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad today made headlines once more, when he referred to Israel as a “racist state” during a address at United Nations conference on racism in Geneva, Switzerland. Delegates...

Bangladesh: The Power Of One String

Bengali folk Music has survived many centuries and Ektara, the single-stringed musical instrument had a significant role to play. More at The Mango Diaries.

India: Shoddy Election Reporting

Shivam Vij at Kafila blog blasts the Indian mainstream media for their manipulative election reporting using stereotypes and presumptions.

Americas: 5th Summit Reactions

The much-hyped Fifth Summit of the Americas is now over, culminating with the Hemispheric leaders' adoption of the Declaration of Commitment of Port of Spain - albeit with one signatory...

Afghanistan: Political Machinations

While Afghanistan's so-called “rape law” has garnered a lot of Western press, there is a lot of domestic debate over it as well. The women's marches have been covered admirably...

Malawi Politicians Campaign in Cyberspace

The presidential and parliamentary race in Malawi is seeing innovative use of the Internet that Malawi's politics has never witnessed before. Parties and individual contestants have established themselves online through...

Jamaica: Hostages Released

Breaking news in Jamaica this morning is that a hostage situation has developed with the crew of a Canadian jet at Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay. Canadian mainstream media...

Bahamas: The Economics of Culture

“It is not foreign investment that economists and development agencies are suggesting is the engine of economic development in the 21st century; it’s culture”: Nicolette Bethel thinks that the Bahamian...

Syria: Independence Day Celebration in DC Draws Crowds

Imad Moustapha, Syria's envoy to the US, shares with us photographs from a celebration to mark his country's Independence Day in Washington DC. “The huge attendance was a testimony to...

Jordan: Lessons from Hannah Montana

From Jordan, Moey shares the 10 things he learned from watching Hannah Montana.

Saudi Arabia: Support for fatwa prohibiting “immoral” women's sports clubs

Writing on Arabic online forum Al Saha Abu Marmesh applauds a new fatwa (religious edict) by a Saudi scholar which bans women only health and sports club in Saudi Arabia....

Jordan: Rainy Amman in Photos

Thought Clouds, The Digital Bender shares those photographs from Amman, Jordan, in the rain.

Haiti: Election or Selection?

Repeating Islands reports that Haiti's Senate elections this past weekend were “marred today by sporadic violence, forcing authorities to cancel polling in parts of the country”. Pwoje Espwa notes: “Fanmi...

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