11 July 2009

Stories from 11 July 2009

Malawi: Malawi Who Is Who

  11 July 2009

Nyirenda writes about a plan by the Malawi Government to come up with a list of professionally qualified Malawians who are based abroad to comprise a Malawi Government Publication to be known as Malawi WHO IS WHO.

Africa: Interesting questions for Obama

  11 July 2009

Rafiki Kenya writes about questions from Africans for Barack Obama: “In the meantime, the White House has shared an interactive map which samples 43 of the more than 5,000 questions received. There are pertinent questions about the ever-present vice of corruption”

Peru: Crazy Combi Facebook Game

  11 July 2009

Carlos del Carpio of Gran Combo Club [es] writes about a popular Peruvian game called Crazy Combi on Facebook. Its popularity has apparently lowered productivity in the workplace due to the hundreds of thousands of users who play it on the job.

Colombia: Where to Find the Best Buñuelo

  11 July 2009

The buñuelo is a typical Colombian snack that can elicit hunger pangs with the mere mention of the word. That is what recently happened with a group of Colombian twitterers, who chose to discuss their favorite places to buy the buñuelo, as well as some of their favorite anecdotes. It even led some to rush out to buy the food.

Communicating via missed calls

  11 July 2009

Uber Desi on the recent ICT research conducted by Lirneasia.net across 6 Asian countries. The findings indicate that communicating via ‘missed call’ signals is a common way for people to save on calling costs.

Georgia: An Interview with DvOrsky

Giga Paitchadze, better known online as DvOrsky, is no stranger to the Caucasus section of Global Voices Online. In the second of a series of audio interviews with bloggers in or dealing with the South Caucasus, Paitchadze updates Global Voices Online on the development of new media in Georgia.

Brazil: Digital mob demands the Senate President's resignation

  11 July 2009

Thousand of protests have taken place 'virtually' on social media networks, such as Twitter, demanding the resignation of the Senate President, José Sarney. But, when the mobilization goes offline, only some dozen protesters have so far taken to Brazil's streets. Bloggers analyze the current Brazilian political scenery, the background of this situation and speculate on a hidden agenda.

Kazakhstan: Kaznet under fire

Publicist wonders how would Kazakhstani Internet market develop after the restrictive legislative amendments are adopted, and reviews the research into possible economic consequences of the amendments.

Malaysia: Anwar Ibrahim sodomy trial

  11 July 2009

Malaysia’s opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim is charged with sodomising a 23-year old male aide. Anwar believes the charge is politically-motivated. The sodomy trial, which has been postponed several times, is scheduled to resume next week. Malaysian bloggers react to the Anwar sodomy trial.

Bolivia: The Return of Luis Arce Gómez

  11 July 2009

Former Bolivian military officer Luis Arce Gómez, who was part of the dictatorship of Luis García Meza in the early 1980s, returned to the country after finishing his sentence in the United States. Alberto Medrano of Letras Alteñas [es] writes that he was sent directly to the maximum security prison...