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12 August 2009

Stories from 12 August 2009

Russia: “Kadyrov's Chaos”

Sean's Russia Blog writes about the recent murders of Zarema Sadulaeva and Alik Dzhabrailov: “The murders could be related to their human rights work, or somehow linked to Dzhabrailov’s past...

Lithuania, Ukraine: Shoot Nations Photo Contest

Eternal Remont highlights two winning entries of the Shoot Nations 2009 photo contest: Monika Urbutyte, 17, Lithuania, and Olena Fedorenko, 22, Ukraine.

Cambodia: Miss Landmine Pageant Raises Questions

The Miss Landmine pageant intends to empower landmine victims and challenge traditional notions of beauty. The winner receives a high-tech prosthetic limb. But the Cambodian government canceled the pageant this...

Bangladesh: Stigmatizing Homosexuals

Ashok Deb at LGBTI Bangladesh shares an email from a gay activist where he told how he was physically abused by his homophobic family members. He went to the police...

India: How To Close Conversations

Venkatesh Rao at Ribbonfarm.com writes about manipulative ways to close IM/chat and email conversations and the psychology behind these tricks.

Cuba: Concert for Peace?

The Cuban Institute of Music has announced that popular Colombian singer Juanes is scheduled to perform at a "concert for peace" in Havana come September 20th. Cuban bloggers are divided...

Cuba, U.S.A.: Prisoner in Poor Health

“Nobody, except the few of us motivated by our blood as Cubans and/or our consciences as free men and women, gives a damn”: Diaspora blogger Uncommon Sense shines a spotlight...

Bahamas: Young Mother Killed

As a young mother is murdered in the Bahamas, bloggers vent their outrage – Weblog Bahamas: “Stop the madness that is destroying our country”; Womanish Words: “Where is the public...

Trinidad & Tobago: Investigative Journalism?

Club Soda and Salt is infuriated with Trinidad and Tobago's “unquestioning media”, maintaining that instead of asking probing questions, “they are meeting with Manning to learn how to sit down...

China: Bubbles and Demographic Trends

Brian Schwarz from China Challenges puts together various opinion posts on the bubbles of China's stock and property markets and their impact on demography.

Bermuda: Educate, Don't Leglislate

Bermuda Jewel thinks that the proposed anti-gang legislation “is not a well thought out plan.” Instead, he believes that “education is the answer.”

Jamaica: Four Athletes Cleared

Girl With a Purpose reports that a disciplinary panel has cleared the four male Jamaican athletes of doping charges.

China: Conversations with an Old Comrade on the Eve of the 60th Anniversary of the PRC

C. Custer from ChinaGeek translated a widely circulated blog post called “Conversations with an Old Comrade on the Eve of the 60th Anniversary of the PRC“. Chinese netizens believe that...

China: How Did Amoiist Break the Jail?

Amoiist, a blogger who was detained by police for 16 days, wrote about his experience in jail and he believed that twitter and rescue action organized by the Internet had...

Pakistan: A Step In The Right Direction

Last week Pakistan's National Assembly passed a bill to outlaw domestic violence, which aims to stem domestic violence by requiring speedy criminal trials and taking a number of measures to...

Sri Lanka: Peaceful Elections

Some are framing the results recent council elections in Northern Sri Lanka as as a victory for LTTE supporters or loss for the government. However, Indi.ca opines that: “Having elections...

Bhutan: The Influence Of Mobile Phones

Bhutan entered into the era of mobile phones only in 2003. HBO at Kuzu Bhutan Weblog informs that in past six years mobile phones have become an integral part of...

Singapore politicians debate on Facebook

Two prominent Singapore politicians have been debating and exchanging strong views on various national issues. The two politicians are not debating on national TV but on Facebook.

Singapore: Reaction to Aung San Suu Kyi verdict

Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement expressing disappointment that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar was found guilty and sentenced to three years hard labour. But the...

Russia, Ukraine: Music vs Politics

LJ user oleg_kozyrev asks (RUS) Ukrainians not to get offended at Russia because of president Medvedev's address and suggests that fellow-bloggers post “something Ukrainian today,” ending his post with a...

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