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3 July 2009

Stories from 3 July 2009

Facebook conquers Southeast Asia

Bernard Leong observes that Facebook is almost the dominant social networking platform in Southeast Asia. It has overtaken Friendster in Malaysia and is getting more members in other countries in...

Malaysia: University admissions process

Rajan Rishyakaran has written an article critiquing the Malaysian university admissions process.

Cambodia: Khmer Gold

Mongkol visited the National Museum and was able to view the recently donated rare Angkorian gold and jewelry which have never been seen before in Cambodia.

Palestine: Dehumanized In Gaza

Gazan blogger Lina says: “This is something I’ve been feeling so significantly the past week. It’s the feeling of being dehumanized or the feeling that life is not meant for...

Bahrain: Congratulations, India

Gay Bahraini blogger Shams Al-Ma7aba congratulates India on decriminalising homosexuality [Ar].

Belarus: President Pardons Emanuel Zeltser

On June 30, a U.S. Congress delegation visited Minsk to meet with Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko. During this meeting, members of the U.S. delegation asked the president to pardon Emanuel...

DRC: Goma's Makeover for Independence Day

June 30th marked the 49th anniversary of the Democratic Republic of Congo's independence from Belgium. This year, the official festivities took place in Goma. Bloggers react to this historic anniversary,...

Morocco: An Alternative to Iran?

A recent article in the Washington Post has caused quite a stir amongst Moroccan bloggers, as well as on Twitter and in forums. The article, which suggests Morocco as a...

India: Court Ruling Decriminalizes Gay Sex

On Thursday, 2nd of July the Delhi high court ruled that treating consensual gay sex as a crime was discriminatory and therefore a violation of fundamental rights protected by India's...

Guatemala: For Some Artists, Picasso was Wrong

Some Guatemalan artists are out to prove that Pablo Picasso's quote "Computers are useless. They can only give you answers" is incorrect. For many, computers and the internet are the...

India: Question To The Minister Of Railways

Roger Alexander questions the the Minister of railways of India, who presented this year's budget in the parliament today: “why has the cash surpluses of the Railways depleted so rapidly...

Japan: Aokigahara and Suicide

Matt Holland at Feedbackward on Aokigahara, and Meaningful Suicide in Japan – “The ubiquitous and accessible nature of trains in Japan make them a logical and effective choice for those...

Bhutan: Ordinary People Are Losing Homes

Passu Diary discusses how the works of the hydro-electric power project at Punatshangchhu (Punakha) River in bhutan has made an impact on the local lives. There are no homes available...

The Uyghurs: Persecuted Muslim Minority in NorthWest China

Today we take a look at the situation faced by the Uyghur people, a Muslim minority in the Xinjiang region of China, where their culture is being obliterated by the...

Nepal: Most Of The Maoist Guerillas Will Not Be Merged With Army

Rajneesh Bhandari took an interview of the Prime Minister of Nepal Madhav Kumar Nepal, who said that “Maoist combatants will also be merged in new security organs and only some...

Iran: Desert in photos

Darvish, a leading Iranian green blogger, shares Yann Arthus-Bertrand's photos on desert. The blogger calls the photographer an artist who sees the beauty of desert.

Trinidad & Tobago: Now What?

As the Trinidad and Tobago Attorney General refuses to resign, diaspora blogger Jumbie's Watch asks: “So what does a vote of no confidence mean, if you can’t get rid of...

Haiti: Mourning Met With Violence

Repeating Islands reports that “Haitian police say the demonstrator found slain after the clash with U.N. peacekeepers during the funeral procession for Father Gérard Jean-Juste was killed by a bullet”,...

Barbados: Charges Withdrawn

Barbados Free Press thinks that the Director of Public Prosecution's withdrawal of bribery and perverting the course of justice charges against a police officer “stinks to high heaven.”

St. Vincent & the Grenadines: The Right Information

Lullabies, Fairy Tales and other Self-Delusions is concerned that while there is a lot of information available on St. Vincent's new airport, “the proposed Constitution…is not getting much official play....

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