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6 May 2009

Stories from 6 May 2009

Iran: Movement of 1000 bloggers supports Mousavi for presidency

Supporters of two leading reformist presidential candidates, former prime minister Mir Hussein Mousavi and former parliament speaker, Mehdi Karroubi are using the internet, including blogs and Facebook, to beef up...

Georgia: Brink of civil war?

Before news agencies reported that riot police and opposition supporters clashed in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, human rights lawyer Anna Dolidze writes on Resistance Georgia that she fears the ongoing...

Maldives: Destruction Of Tombstones

Abdullah Waheed condemns the vandalizing of historic tombstones in Maldives and reports: “a large number of tombstones in Koagannu were vandalized in the recent past based on a superstition that...

Nepal: An All Party National Government?

Democracy For Nepal (DFN) weighs in whether an all party government is desirable and possible in Nepal after the resignation of the Prime Minister.

Sri Lanka: Is The LTTE Defeated And The War Over?

Groundviews highlights a series of videos published by Vikalpa, which interviewed leading civil society activists, politicians and academics to “interrogate the current situation in Sri Lanka, where we are told...

Pakistan: The Tri-nation Summit

Adil Najam at All Things Pakistan comments about the Obama-Zardari-Karzai summit which will be held tomorrow: “The tragedy of this trio is not just that all three countries – USA,...

Tanzania: Dar es Salaam Armoury Explosion Death Toll Rises

The death toll from the military depot blast in Dar es Salaam has gone up to 22. Six service personnel and 16 civilians have been confirmed as killed by the...

Bangladesh: Faces Of Poverty

Ashley Wheaton at The Dhaka Diaries comments about the faces of poverty in Bangladesh: “Poverty can be determined not only by your income but by by your access to services,...

Bangladesh: Duty On Imported Cars

Kotha-Chhilo criticizes Bangladesh government's customs duty policy on imported second hand cars: “The government increases duty on those cars that the middle class people buy. So, you see! Our government,...

Venezuela: Conflict Between the Media During Earthquake

The earthquake that shook Venezuela earlier this week brought attention to the role of government and private media for informing the general public. Instead of providing information, the government was...

Bloggers react to NZ Maori Party's proposed trip to Fiji

Bloggers are reacting to proposals by members of New Zealand’s Maori Party who wanted a delegation to travel to Fiji to speak with the country's Prime Minister to better understand...

Martinique: Flooding Deaths

Repeating Islands reports that four people have died as a result of torrential rains and flooding in Martinique.

Cuba: Internet Access

Diaspora blogger Uncommon Sense learns that the authorities have “cracked down on one of the few ways most Cubans can use to access the Internet.”

Barbados: Illegal Immigrants

The Barbados government has offered to regularize the status of existing illegal immigrants – Bajan Dream Diary “wonders how effective this amnesty will be in tackling Barbados’ illegal immigrant problem”;...

China: Co-ed subway cars

A Beijing politician's proposal for women-only areas on the city's subway is open for public debate; at Page Writers, anonymous Katie debates the merits of the idea.

Jamaica: Stereotyping

“Every Jamaican man lives in fear of a lie. It’s a lie that continues to wreak havoc on both sides of the racial and gender divide and is a frequent...

China: Ninety minutes with Mo Yan

The Sinoafficionado blogger has posted his write-up of a talk well-known Chinese author Mo Yan gave in Beijing in March, ‘Ninety Minutes with Mo Yan’.

Guyana: With Benefits

Guyanese cartoon blogger Paul Harris posts his take on the controversial Presidents Benefits Bill.

Tajikistan: Taking Lessons

Joshua Foust reviews John Heathershaw’s new book titled “Post-Conflict Tajikistan: The politics of peacebuilding and the emergence of legitimate order”.

Afghanistan: Picnics and living standards

Õnne Pärl reflects if the number of picnics match the living standards of Afghans, notices that ruins are being restored in mosques and social spaces with playgrounds and quotes his...

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