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22 September 2009

Stories from 22 September 2009

Africa: Will technophobia crash the ICT party?

With the growing influence of ICT for development, can fear of technology and misunderstanding of its uses disproportionally affect the developing world? Here are a few examples of initiatives to...

Mobile-empowered to serve you better

The mobile phone has grown to be a tool that enables, farmers, small traders and service providers to take information-based decisions, thereby leading to their economic empowerment

Bhutan: Tax On Cars

The Bhutanese government is thinking about increasing the taxes and other fees levied on vehicles to control the increasing number of cars. Tshering Tobgay opines that the import quota system...

Pakistan: Vanishing Parks

Faisal at Deadpan Thoughts writes about the encroaching religious institutions and the vanishing parks of Karachi.

India: A Minister And A Twitter Message

Indian Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor was caught up in a controversy for replying a twitter message. Über Desi has details.

Oman: Eid on Twitter

(Photo credits: alucard187) Oman celebrated the first day of Eid al Fitr yesterday, a day after most of its neighboring Gulf states. The celebration, which culminates the end of Ramadan...

Guatemala: The Activism of Massacre Survivor Jesús Tecú

Jesús Tecú survived the Río Negro Massacre in Guatemala. Since then, he has worked as an advocate for the Achí Maya indigenous community. However, Tecú still is under threat, as...

Ecuador: Protests Against Sports Federation in Azuay

Dario Orellana came across some signs of protest at the Sports Federation of the Ecuadorian province of Azuay. Many of these signs say that coaches have been working for three...

Bolivia: Using the XO and Classmates with Community WiFi

The project WiFi El Alto has been experimenting with using the OLPC XO and Classmate laptops with the community wifi signal [es] in the Rio Seco neighborhood in El Alto,...

Gabon: Opposition Continues to Fight Election Result

Gabon's political opposition present a united front against the August election results, which handed the son of former dictator Omar Bongo the presidency. Politicians and citizens alike speak out against...

Tourism and HIV Infection in Thailand

A report titled “Why Japanese and Western people are infected with HIV in Thailand” by Doctor Kyo Taniguchi from NPO Gina covers statistics about sex workers and “Love, Marriage, and...

Barbados: Bolt vs. Gay

Doan Mind Me shares his conflicted thoughts on the news that US sprinter Tyson Gay has equalled Jamaican Usain Bolt's 100-metre Olympic record. “Is it that when I see a...

Trinidad and Tobago: tranquil temple

Now Is Wow Too posts a tranquil, meditative video filmed near the famous Temple in the Sea in central Trinidad. “In the background, water laps, a bird sings in the...

Haiti, USA: MacArthur award for Danticat

Repeating Islands reports that Haitian-American writer Edwidge Danticat has won a prestigious “genius award” from the MacArthur Foundation.

Japan: Lecture on Manga, Anime and Otaku

Jean Snow points us to Patrick Macias's lecture at California State University, made available as a podcast episode: ‘Theoretical Perspectives on Manga, Anime and Otaku‘.

Bhutan: Climate Change And Religion

“For Bhutanese, there is an even stronger reason to believe in climate change. Our own religion, Buddhism prophecies climate change,” comments YesheyP at Kuzu Bhutan Weblog.

South Asia: Celebrating Eid-Ul-Fitr

Yesterday Muslims in many South Asian countries celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr marking the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting. Many bloggers exchanged greetings and shared their rituals and traditions.

Iran: History, nature and culture in photos

Throughout Iran presents itself as a gallery intended to show views of other side of Iran, different with what you may have seen in the media. Watch the photos here...

Iran: Blog Service Providers in Trouble

Several Iranian sites and blogs such as Parlemannews report [fa] that two important blog service providers in country are in trouble. Persian Blog is filtered and BlogFa has a lot...

ILO Mission to the Philippines

A blog was set-up to highlight and report the activities and findings of the International Labor Organization High-Level Mission to the Philippines. The ILO mission aims to investigate the alleged...

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