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15 June 2009

Stories from 15 June 2009

Slovakia, Czech Republic:

Tanja of Czechmatediary writes: “My good Slovak blogger friend Lenka (AKA SlovakMama) had a great idea. She created a website called ‘‘ (meaning “it will be taken care of”) which...

Ukraine: £2.47 Million for Repin and Petrov-Vodkin

IZO reports that Alina Ayvazova, Kyiv mayor's wife, has paid £2.47 million at an auction in London to acquire two paintings by Russian artists Ilya Repin and Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin.

Pakistan: Virtual Bloggers Meetup

Teabreak, Paksitan's largest Blog aggregator celebrated its first birthday with a virtual Bloggers meet up, first ever in the country. The bloggers discussed about the IDP issues in Swat region...

Sri Lanka: Enigma of Prabhakaran and the Tamil Tigers

Muttukrishna Sarvananthan at Groundviews discusses the enigma of Prabhakaran and the Tamil Tigers which pricks the conscience of many Sri Lankan Tamils.

Nepal-India Border Dispute: Nepalese Reactions Online

Couple of weeks back, reports of alleged land encroachment by India border security forces hit the Nepalese media. On the historic perspective on Nepal-India border, Nepaldemocracy has an in-depth report....

Iran: Protests and Repression

Hundreds of thousands of Iranians in Tehran and several other cities have rallied to support presidential candidate Mir Hussein Mousavi defying a government ban on demonstrations. Although Twitter, Facebook and...

India: Reservations of Positions For Women

Sumanth at Desicritics debates the current hot topic in India – reservations for Women in representative, administrative and corporate job positions.

Bangladesh: Using Child Labor In Political Processions

Ahmad Ferdous Bin Alam points to the use of child labor in political processions in Bangladesh. Can't the children be spared?” comments the blogger.

India: The Need For Sex Education

Amodini Sharma at Ultra Violet advocates for proper sex education among the teens in India.

Iran:Several State-run sites were attacked

Iranian cyber activists used ‘Denial-of-service attack’ method to bring down several State-run sites such Irna and Press TV. Iranian government has filtered several sites recently as protest grows over Iranian...

Moroccan Elections: The King's Party Triumphs

Whilst world attention was focused on the fiercely fought presidential election in Iran, communal elections held in June 12 in Morocco passed almost unnoticed by world media. The polls were...

Tunisia: Confronting Religious Violence

Tunisian blogger Hamid Zanar who writes on Reflexions of a Former Muslim [Ar], launches a virulent attack against religious violence and fundamentalism amidst accounts of renewed threats made against intellectuals...

Azerbaijan: Alarming news for civil society

Thoughts on the Road comments on news that Azerbaijan's already underdeveloped civil society is facing a new threat in the form of legislation governing NGOs in the country to be...

Japan: HBS on Japanese Anime Industry

Matt Alt links to a Harvard Business School working paper (pdf) on the state of the Japanese anime industry: “If Japan wants to bank on its ‘Gross National Cool’, it...

Talking to Indian-Jamaican writer and blogger Annie Paul

An interview with Jamaica-based Indian writer and editor Annie Paul, whose blog covers art, literature, popular culture, politics, and current affairs.

Bahrain: Learning To Appreciate Bahrain

The Bahrain Taxi blog is back – but is no longer ranting: “I’ve been in Bahrain for nearly two years now and I feel I have finally settled down…rather than...

Trinidad & Tobago: In Naipaul's Defense

Repeating Islands features a defense of Trinidad-born V.S. Naipaul in which the author “makes a valid point about the separation of the writer’s shortcomings as a person from the texts...

Dominica: Chavez’ Visit

“It's like the uncle who comes with some cash in his pocket and the whole family gets lined up by the door of a recently cleaned room”: Caribbean Man reports...

North Africa: Berber Books Online

Lameen Souag links to Berber books available online for downloading.

Trinidad & Tobago: Up in Flames

“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery but who would want to flatter matches?”: From Trinidad and Tobago, This Beach Called Life explains.

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