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9 September 2009

Stories from 9 September 2009

Albania: Enver Hoxha

Albanian Blogger links to an article about the former Albanian dictator Enver Hoxha, which appeared in the Guardian: “Also the picture of the statue of the dictator in the main...

Hungary: Budapest Gay Pride Parade Protected

Marietta Le reports on the blog coverage of the 14th Gay Pride March, which took place in Budapest on Sept. 5 under increased police protection.

Jordan: No to Bad Internet!

Jordan's Facebook users are joining hands in protest against what they describe as bad Internet services in their country through forming this group.

Palestine: Travelers Say Israel is Illegally Denying Access

Travelers to the Palestinian West Bank are now facing new restrictions. Visas obtained from Israeli consulates for their visit are stamped "Palestinian Authority areas only" in violation of the 1995...

Ukraine: Prices, Earnings and iPods

Ukrainiana cites this year's Prices and Earnings report by UBS, Europe's second-largest bank: “On average, it takes 82 hrs of work to buy an iPod Nano in Kyiv, compared to...

Ukraine: Art Arsenal

MoldovAnn writes about Kyiv's new Art Arsenal museum.

Ukraine: First Day of School

Belatedly, a link to Michelle Knisley's photos of Kyiv schoolgirls celebrating the first day of school on Sept. 1, 2009.

Eastern Europe: WWII and the Jews

The Foreigner's Guide to Slovakia writes about WWII and the Jews of Slovakia. writes about the rescue of hundreds of Czechoslovak Jewish children by Sir Nicholas Winton in 1939....

Egypt: Bad Boys Who do not Moderate Blog Comments

Journalist and blogger Khaled El Balshy has recently been subpoenaed by State Security and charged of slander because he did not delete a “bad” comment that was left on one...

Puerto Rico: Superaquello Explores Cyberspace

Superaquello is one of Puerto Rico's most beloved alternative bands. Their experimental mix of traditional pop, electronic music, and typical Puerto Rican rhythms have hypnotized music lovers since the band...

Trinidad & Tobago: Driving It Home comments on parts of the Trinidad and Tobago 2009-2010 Budget that deal with transportation.

Cuba: “Let Juanes Come!”

Generation Y takes to the streets of Havana to ask Cubans their views on the upcoming Juanes concert: “I’m glad to be in tune with my people. Let Juanes come!”

Jamaica, Barbados: Sandiford Speaks

Jamaican litblogger Geoffrey Philp features writer Robert Sandiford in his own words.

Costa Rica: Web 2.0 on a Sunday Morning

Costa Rican bloggers, twitter users and other internet enthusiasts enjoyed their own first Domingo En La Mañana (Sunday Morning) on August 30, 2009, where they shared knowledge and experience with...

Belarus: Google Translations

Siberian Light is testing Google's newly-added Belarusian language translation tool.

Russia: VKontakte To Expand Internationally?

Profy writes about the plans of the Russian social network Vkontakte – a Facebook look-alike – to expand internationally.

Sri Lanka: Liberalizing The Economy

Going Global stresses the need to liberalize the Sri Lankan economy and opines that minimum involvement in business by the government is better for everyone.

Maldives: Arabization Of Dhivehi Language

“I am against Arabising Maldives’ unique language and culture, and so I will never use ‘Dhivehi alphabets with dots’ in order to accommodate Arabic language,” vows Hilath.

Bangladesh: New Paradigm Of Microcredit

Unheard Voice suggests a new paradigm of microcredit: “The agenda of development through microcredit should move from ‘microcredit-as-the-goal model’ to ‘microcredit-as-the-means model.’ The latter essentially looks at microcredit as the...

India: Blogs And Ad-revenues

With a cartoon post, Brainstuck takes a humorous look at the consequence for optimization of blogs to get more ad-revenues.

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