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25 August 2009

Stories from 25 August 2009

Netherlands: Too young to sail the world alone at 13?

Laura Dekker from the Netherlands is 13 years-old and wants to sail around the world alone to break a world record, but the Dutch Child Welfare Council have taken legal...

Suriname: Photo-Op

Paramaribo SPAN features the photography of Reshma Kirpalani who, upon her return to Suriname, intends “to explore this country just as it exists, at this point in time: on the...

Trinidad & Tobago: Gender Policy

From Trinidad and Tobago, gspott asks: “Where's the Gender Policy?”, noting that while they can't say what exactly the new version of the Policy contains, they can can “offer…a special...

Barbados: Boycotting

As Barbados Underground joins the call for the boycott of a local newspaper, citing “another case of a weak media exposed”, Living in Barbados examines the power of boycotting, saying:...

Bermuda: Cricket Lows

BeachLime.com laments the fact that “Bermuda cricket has fallen to new lows.”

Brazil: Students arrested for demonstrating in the Senate

Students were held for demonstrating against the Senate's President José Sarney and suffered many threats. We hear the blogosphere's thoughts on Brazilian democracy being slowly done away with.

Pakistan: In Search Of Identity

Farzana Shaikh at Pak Tea House tries to make sense of Pakistan's identity crisis.

Palestine: Qatayef, A Special Ramadan Dessert

During Ramadan one of the special dishes enjoyed throughout the Arab world is qatayef, small pancakes stuffed with various sweet fillings. One blogger in Gaza has watched them being made,...

Sri Lanka: Citizen Media Contest

Sri Lankan citizen journalism initiative Groundviews announced a new competition “aimed at encouraging more citizen journalism on two vital issues confronting polity and society in post-war Sri Lanka – the...

Uruguay: Independence Day

August 25 is Uruguayan Independence Day and Mariolo of 1 x Día [es] celebrates with nostalgia.

Uruguay: The Passing of Canario Luna

Enrique Place writes about the recent passing of Uruguayan singer Washington “Canario” Luna [es].

India: A wave of suicides among farmers

Increasingly, Indian farmers are resorting to extreme measures, including suicide, to escape complex problems of poverty, crop failure and growing debt. Indian bloggers analyze the situation.

Argentina: Borges Birthday

It is the 110th anniversary of the birth of Argentine writer Jorge Borges, and Keff Barry of Buenos Aires, City of Faded Elegance looks back at some of his favorite...

Argentina: The Construction of the Valley Train

Pablo of Vivir en Neuquen Capital [es] wonders when construction for the “Valley Train” will begin. The start date is programmed for December, but according to news reports that there...

Kenya: Free wi-fi locations in Nairobi

Do you want to know where to find free wi-fi in Nairobi, Kenya? Read Rebecah's post on Changing Journalism blog.

Ghana: Interview with rapper A-Plus

Museke chats with Ghanaian rapper, A-Plus: “Ghanaian hiplife music lyrics are not very conscious or political in general but one artiste has gained a reputation for making political songs.”

Kenyan cartoonists find a home in the blogosphere

The older Kenyan generations vividly remember cartoon characters like Bogi Benda, Juha Kalulu and many others who premiered in newspapers. But times are changing and the internet is changing almost...

Zimbabwe: Toll gate chaos

Read all about toll gate chaos in Zimbabwe: “The roadblocks are causing confusion amongst Zimbabweans, and a colleague of mine relayed a conversation he had with a farmer in the...

Ghana: Invitation to Kumasi meetup

Tobias writes about Kumasi meetup where participants are expected to learn about ICT and Kabisa. Kabissa is a network of people who are working online and on the ground for...

China: Free speech under control 2.0

David Bandurski translated an article from CCP mouthpiece publication, Qiushi, on “Freedom of Speech and the Media’s Responsibility”. The article showed the Chinese government's desire for a fair share in...

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