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June, 2009

Stories from June, 2009

Myanmar: U2 Shows Support for Aung San Su Kyi

The Irish rock band U2 had urged its fans to show support for Aung San Su Kyi by wearing masks of her, which can be downloaded from their website.

‘Buy Indonesia’ campaign

A campaign was launched encouraging Indonesian consumers and companies to patronize locally-made products and services.

Indonesia: Candidates seek support of bloggers

Indonesian candidates are seeking the support of popular bloggers in order to win more votes.

Indonesia: Vice President Debate

Indonesia conducted a debate among vice president hopefuls. My Busy Brain thinks the candidates were all colorul. Listen to the audio podcast of the debate.

Malaysia: RM1 million payment as tourism ambassador

SK Thew reacts to a report about the RM1 million given to former Ferrari Formula One team boss Jean Todt to spend over two years as Malaysia’s Tourism ambassador.

Paraguay: The Possibility of a New Bullet Train

There is speculation that a new bullet train could be built linking the Paraguayan capital city of Asunción with the Brazilian city of Paranaguá and which uses the energy from...

Peru: Interview with Peruvian Books

Juan Arellano of Globalizado [es] interviews the creator of the website Peruvian Books [es], which recently celebrated its fifth anniversary. The site shares information about new books from Peruvian authors...

Saudi Arabia: Michael Jackson v. Elvis Presley

When Saudi blogger and journalist Yasser Al Ghaslan heard about Michael Jackson's death, he immediately remembered when he heard that Elvis Presley had died.

Palestine: Harsh Treatment By Egyptian Border Authorities

Lebanese activist Natalie Abou Shakra, who has been in the Gaza Strip for seven months, is now being prevented from entering Egypt by the Egyptian authorities. Witnessing the treatment of...

Bahrain: Comparing Government Efficiency In Bahrain And Japan

Bahraini blogger Yagoob is studying in Japan, and he compares the experience of receiving financial aid from the Bahraini and Japanese governments: “Nagoya is a city with a population of...

Pakistan: The Real Problem

Talkhaba points to the water shortage problem in some provinces of Pakistan and criticizes the bickering between the political parties representing provinces, who blamed each other.

Bahrain: The Failure Of Education

Mahmood responds to a recently issued official report about the standards of education in Bahrain: “Education in this country is a joke, generally. Things will not change unless the decrepit...

Sri Lanka: No To Beef

Sri Lankan blog Scourge comments on a poster that advocates how cruel it is to slaughter a cow and for that we should refrain from eating beef: “how you can...

Sri Lanka: Post War Politics

Dayan Jayatilleka at Groundviews discusses about the politics of the post war Sri Lanka.

Russia: Another journalist death

Eternal Remont reports that the editor of a Rostov-on-Don newspaper has died from injuries of a beating last month, supposedly provoked by his paper's reporting.

Egyptian Blogger Wael Abbas: Detained at Cairo Airport

Upon his arrival from Sweden at the Cairo Airport, blogger Wael Abbas tweets the details of his detention at Cairo Airport. The Arabist reported saying: Egyptian mega-blogger Wael Abbas is being...

Trinidad & Tobago: Memory Lane

Diaspora blogger Jumbie's Watch remembers the simple pleasures of growing up in Trinidad and Tobago, saying: “Times have changed.”

Puerto Rico: For Shame!

Litter mars one of Gil the Jenius‘ favorite Puerto Rican beaches, causing him to comment: “Every piece of garbage–every one of the thousands of pieces of garbage–indicts Us with its...

Haiti, U.S.A.: Danticat Cops Guillén Prize

Repeating Islands reports that Haitian-born author Edwidge Danticat has won the 2009 Caribbean Philosophical Association’s Nicolás Guillén Prize.

Jamaica: Hangings to Resume

Upon hearing news that the Jamaican government intends to resume hangings, Iriegal is both sad and fearful that the decision is the right one.

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