4 August 2009

Stories from 4 August 2009

Russia: Stalin's Grandson vs. Novaya Gazeta

  4 August 2009

Eternal Remont comments on the lawsuit filed by Stalin's grandson against a Russian newspaper: “By the same legal resoning, someone could sue the Holocaust Museum for besmirching Hitler’s good name. But the Kremlin is despratly trying to rehabilitate Stalin's image these days.”

Pakistan: Condemning Gojra Riots

  4 August 2009

Last Saturday riots broke out in the Gojra town of Pakistan over alleged desecration of the Holy Quran and houses of the local Christian community were set on fire leaving seven people burnt to death and eighteen others severely injured. The widespread communal violence has been condemned severely by the Pakistani blogosphere.

Bangladesh: The ‘Info Ladies’

  4 August 2009

Gone are the days when the village phone ladies used to offer mobile phone services in the rural areas of Bangladesh, a successful example of microcredit projects. LIRNE Asia informs that now “Info ladies” equipped with “Classmate PC” fitted with mobile internet cards are traveling door-to-door riding bicycles to connect...

Brazil: Fighting contemporary slavery

  4 August 2009

Modern day slave labour in the Northern and North-eastern States of Brazil is a well known problem. But is slave labour in São Paulo an anomaly? The blogosphere discusses and concludes: much remains to be uncovered.

India: An Expensive Development Fails

  4 August 2009

Über Desi slams the failure of development of an engine for an indigenous fighter plane in India after two decades of expensive research and comments: “imagine the number of schools, transport lines, rail tracks, sanitation facilities and other basic stuff that could have really really mattered in sub-urban and rural...

Southeast Asia: Internet and Nationalism

  4 August 2009

The Internet is increasingly being used by many Southeast Asians for various nationalist campaigns. This trend is positive in so far as it expands and improves the political participation of ordinary citizens. However, there are also ultra-nationalist online initiatives which prevent the formation of regional solidarity in Southeast Asia.

Suriname: Messenger of Art

  4 August 2009

“He is going to get more ammo, to spread the word that a lot of good stuff is happening here in Suriname”: Paramaribo SPAN interviews visual artist Roberto Tjon A Meeuw.

Bahamas: Thinking About Democracy

  4 August 2009

Attending a recent seminar on democracy and globalization makes Bahamian blogger Nicolette Bethel realize that “it’s time we gave some thought to what that means for us — and by ‘us’ I mean those of us in the Caribbean, where we by and large have slaked ourselves in the democratic...

Trinidad & Tobago: Tourist Attack

  4 August 2009

This Beach Called Life refers to a U.K. travel advisory on Trinidad and Tobago which “doesn’t even take into account the recent brutal attack on an elderly British couple in Tobago over the weekend.”

Jamaica: Athletes & JADCO

  4 August 2009

Girl With a Purpose is still tracking the story of the athletes that have tested positive for a banned substance, noting that they were scheduled to appear before the Jamaican Anti-Doping Commission yesterday.

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