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4 June 2009

Stories from 4 June 2009

Russia: The Programmer's Day

Profy writes about the initiative to add yet another official state holiday to the Russian calendar: the Programmer’s Day.

Russia: Google Squared Declares Medvedev Dead

Profy reports that “[a]ccording to Google Squared, [president] Medvedev presumably died on the 20th of May when a famous Russian actor actually died so the search engine grabbed the mistake...

Ukraine: Eyewitness Accounts of Crimean Tatar Deportation

J. Otto Pohl links to the witness accounts of the Crimean Tatar deportations posted on the The International Committee for Crimea site.

Russia: Tornado Near Moscow

Photos and video of yesterday's tornado near Moscow – at LJ user bukvalno‘s blog (RUS).

Pakistan: The Realities Of The War With Taliban

Sana Saleem at Mystified Justice comments on Pakistan's ongoing war with Taliban: “the war must go on till we rid ourselves from the insurgency that has cost us much more...

Sri Lanka: A Virtual Eelam For Tamils

Indi.ca informs that “TamilNet is calling for a virtual reality Eelam for the Tamils, independent of any land” and comments whether this is logical in any way.

Liberia: Miss Grand Bass County wins Miss Liberia 2009

Nat blogs about Miss Liberia 200: “The long-delayed and much awaited Miss Liberia 2009 Pageant was finally staged Saturday night, May 9, 2009 at the historic Centennial Memorial Pavilion in...

Liberia: Connecting Liberian at home and abroad

Shelby writes about a news website called Ceasefire Liberia where Liberians at home and in the diaspora can connect with each other.

Kenya: Kenyan photographer banned on Facebook for “controversial” statements

Kenyan photographer is banned from Facebook because of statements calling for political change: “Commenting on the issue he said, “I was removed from Facebook due to controversial updates calling for...

Africa: Interested in African Wildlife? Ask Erin

Ask Erin is a blog by Erin Keyes of African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) where she gives AWF supporters a forum for asking questions about African wildlife and AWF’s work in...

Bangladesh: Unicode Font In Bangla Newspapers

m@q at Here I am is frustrated reading the Bangla online newspapers, because most of them do not publish in the universal unicode compliant font and you have to install...

D.R. of Congo: First field visit after the war

Makambo shares his thoughts on his first field visit after the war in the Democratic Republic of Congo: “The eastern DRC near Virunga National Park went through some rough times...

India: Reaction To The Obama Speech To The Muslim World

Sujatha at Blogpourri comments on US president Barack Obama's speech to the Muslim World in Cairo University today: “the speech is most definitely worth a read and worth sharing with...

Vietnam: Saigon Digital Marketing Conference

David provides a good overview of the recently held Saigon Digital Marketing conference in Vietnam. Check in particular the highly informative paper of Ralf Matthaes on Internet and Media Shifts...

Sri Lanka: A Suppressed Nation

Access to many Sri Lankan IDP camps are still limited to the international journalists and aid workers and the information are suppressed. So it is hard to hear the voices...

Myanmar: Collapse of an Ancient Pagoda

An ancient pagoda in Myanmar collapsed while it was going under renovation, killing at least 5 people. The 180-foot Danoke Pagoda in Yangon Division was originally damaged during Cyclone Nargis...

Cuba, USA: OAS Says “Yes”

After 47 years, the Organization of American States has lifted its ban on Cuba's admission from the group, with most member states restoring ties with the island nation. The United...

Israel: Obama focused on things with unite, not divide

Writing at Jewlicious, Dahlia reacts to Obama's speech in Cairo saying: “In his speech, he focused on the things which unite, rather than divide.”

Jordan: Reactions to Obama's Speech

Jordanian Ali Dahmash posts reactions of friends and colleagues from around the Middle East to US President Barack Obama's policy address in Cairo.

Jordan: Angry at Commercial Shoot

The Black Iris, from Jordan, is angry that permission was given to film a commercial on a busy road, during rush hour. “Who in their right mind allowed an advertising...

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