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2 September 2009

Stories from 2 September 2009

Jordan: Why was he let off the hook?

  2 September 2009

“The woman in Malaysia who was to be caned for drinking beer will now wait until after Ramadan for her punishment,” writes Kinzi, who lives in Jordan, and asks: “What I really don’t get is why her husband was let off the hook, and is not facing similar punishment.”

Jordan: Maktoob's Rise

  2 September 2009

Jordanian site Jazarah discusses the development of Arabic site Maktoob in this post. “Yahoo! and Maktoob officially announced the acquisition of maktoob.com, the largest Arabic website, by the international giant Yahoo! in a multi million deal, the financial figures weren’t announced but expectations suggest the deal worth more than $100...

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East Timor: The land was freed, but who owns it?

  2 September 2009

A decade since Indonesia left East Timor with one of the most devastating scorched earth campaigns of modern times, there is strong debate about the draft Land Law, and among other things, its implications for community lands.

Sri Lanka: A Journalist Sentenced For 20 Years

  2 September 2009

Sepia Mutiny reports that Sri Lankan journalist J.S. Tissainayagam, who has written articles critical of the Sri Lankan government for a magazine, has been sentenced for 20 years hard labor. Groundviews calls the sentencing of Tissainayagam a travesty of justice.

India: The Young And Fair International Actresses In Bollywood

  2 September 2009

Santosh at Über Desi finds that almost all foreign actresses recently introduced in Bollywood movies are young fair skinned attractive females. The blogger opines that: “an unhealthy obsession with skin color is not a new phenomenon to Indian society, a deep rooted post-colonial hangover, that seems to manifest itself in...

Puerto Rico: Saving the Parrots

  2 September 2009

Repeating Islands blogs about the Puerto Rican Parrot Recovery Program, which is “an effort to conserve, protect, and manage the wild and captive populations of this endemic parrot in order to downlist the species from endangered to threatened.”

Trinidad & Tobago: “Police an’ Tief”

  2 September 2009

“Many made promises, empty from the start. No one really wants to touch this topic. They will talk, and tell you how brave, how talented, how important. But they stay away from this issue”: Adele Todd tackles “crime in Trinidad and Tobago from four perspectives” during five days of performance...

Trinidad & Tobago: Irresponsibility or Truth?

  2 September 2009

The debate over the decision of a local daily to publish a photo of a dead baby on its cover rages on – Trinidad and Tobago News Blog re-publishes the paper's response to the firestorm of criticism, while kid5rivers says: “The decision to run with it was the Editor's –...

Jamaica: The Beauty Battle

  2 September 2009

Although Long Bench is not a fan of beauty pageants, she finds “some of the criticisms about this year’s selection rather disingenuous and void of basic historical perspective. To suggest that a light-skinned woman is not authentically Jamaican – ie. is a foreigner – and therefore should not even be...

Argentina: Tax Dollars for Football Television Rights

  2 September 2009

David of Artepolítica [es] does not care about football, and does not worry that his tax dollars are being used to purchase the television rights to the Argentine football season. However, he does not buy the argument that the government will make money from the expenditure because of the poor...

China: A blog on rescuing husband

  2 September 2009

A woman's husband was arrested and sentenced to 14 days in a detention center in Beijing. Apart from trying to give him support, she sets up a blog, Beijing Haze, and writes down what she has been through in the process of finding out what has happened.

South Korea: 3 bills regarding native English teachers

  2 September 2009

Matt from Gusts of popular feeling discusses the three bills submitted by Democratic Party representative in the national assembly. The bills require foreign English teachers to have criminal record and health and drug checks before being hired at public or private schools.

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