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14 May 2009

Stories from 14 May 2009

Sri Lanka: Understanding The Tamil Conflict

G. Kuganesan at Voices In Exile sheds a light into the background of the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka: “The Tamil conflict has deep roots, distant ties that date well...

Sri Lanka: Now is not the time for Eelam

Indi.ca from Sri Lanka comments: “This is not the time or the way to establish borders. Right now we need to preserve our common humanity. Then we need to learn...

Maldives: Lessons From Election Results

Abdullah Waheed lists some points showing voter preferences and their vision of the future role of the Majlis (parliament) which have emerged through the preliminary results of the parliamentary elections...

MENA: Does Swine Flu Spread from Touching Pigs?

More than 14 centuries after Islam prohibited the consumption of pork, pigs are once again making headlines across the Arab world - this time in the form of tweets. Here's...

Guyana, Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago: Gayle Reactions

Reactions to controversial comments made about Test Cricket by West Indies captain Chris Gayle, from Guyanese blogger Imran Khan and Barbados-based Trinidadian B.C. Pires.

St. Lucia: Walcott Reactions

As St. Lucian Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott withdraws from the race for Oxford Professor of Poetry, Repeating Islands posts an update: “The nearly unanimous response…from newspaper reporters, commentators, and bloggers...

Trinidad & Tobago: Seeing the Signs

“It matters not how many skyscrapers, malls, American chain restaurants or chemical plants a country has…if [it] possesses at least five or more of these signs of underdevelopment and tyranny,...

Cuba: Human Rights Council

Havana Times reports that “Cuba has been re-elected for a second three-year period as a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council” in a move that Cuba Journal calls...

Grenada, Taiwan: Loan Repayment

As Taiwan takes Grenada to court over the non-payment of a loan, Blah Bloh Blog comments: “Cynical Grenadians like myself are wondering if we can’t offer up former Prime Minister...

India: What The Election Symbols Mean

Let's Put Da deconstructs the election symbols of the Indian political parties to find out what to expect from them.

India: Exit Poll Figures

HarshadOak.com posts a summary of exit poll predictions for India Election Results 2009 which suggests that India could be heading for a weak coalition government. The blogger adds: “however, looking...

Arab World Reacts to Jordan's Twittering Queen Rania

After her debut on YouTube, Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan is now courting microblogging service Twitter, allowing the world to catch up with the 140-character messages of the self-described...

Armenia: Online insult leads to tragedy

Blogian comments on the killing of a teenager in Armenia's second largest city of Gyumri after he reportedly insulted a local girl on Odnoklassniki, the Russian equivalent of Facebook. The...

Indonesia: Central Bank Chief, the next VP?

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is set to announce the Central Bank chief Boediono as his running mate in a couple of days. Indonesians are divided over the candidacy of...

Bolivia: First Impressions of Bolivian State Run Airline

Jose José of A Pesar de Ser Abogado [es] writes about his first impressions using BOA, the new state-run airline in Bolivia.

Kazakhstan: Turmoil Royale

Rakhat Aliev, former son-in-law of the Kazakhstani president, former ambassador in Austria and former Kazakh oligarch, sentenced to 40 years in jail for abduction of the people, leadership of the...

Armenia: Eurovision Reaction

Ianyan rounds up the reaction to Armenia's entry in this year Eurovision Song Contest currently under way in Moscow. The blog says that the two singers, Inga and Anush, could...

Japan: Mass hysteria over swine flu

James from Japan Prob quotes from Tsuyoshi Takashiro's blog [ja] on the opinion about the over-reaction to the swine flu.

Japan: Nice middle age

Harvey from Japan Newbie introduces a hilarious music video by Takosan called Nice Middle.

Cambodia: Activist Parliamentarian May Drop Lawsuit Against Prime Minister

Mu Sochua is an internationally recognized activist and member of the Cambodian National Assembly. She recently filed a lawsuit against the country's prime minister, Hun Sen, for defamatory comments he...

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