Stories from 5 October 2009
Costa Rica's expresident Calderon sentenced to 5 years in prison for corruption charges, with many citizens hanging on to every word of the verdict through streaming, twitter and blogs.
Michael Collins, on the MEI Editor's Blog, writes that Queen Fatima of Libya has died at 98 years old.
From Jordan, Kinzi attends a talk on honour crimes and shares her insights.
Arabic blogging contest Arabisk drew to a close with the announcement of the top three winners. The first place went to Tech World, the second to group blog Nibras Chabab, and the third to UAE blogger Osama Al Zubaidi.
Grapeshisha, from Dubai, reports on the opening of the world's largest candy store there.
Remember the Qatif Girl‘s story? Saudi Jeans now tells us about the plight of Jeddah Girl, who was gang raped – and then sentenced to a year in jail and 100 lashes for getting herself raped and the resulting pregnancy.
Would you marry someone of a different faith? Kinzi, who is based in Jordan, discusses this issue here.
Last weekend Global Voices Online's Caucasus Editor and an Azerbaijani blogger visited the ethnic Azeri village of Karajala in Georgia. The visit marked the first time two bloggers on Armenia and Azerbaijan worked together in the South Caucasus.
Innovative design by Trinidadian artist and blogger Marlon Darbeau, here.
“We need to reinforce to the powers that be the need to devise some kind of policy or rules to stamp out these violent acts in schools”: Cheese-on-bread! blogs about the untimely death of a Barbadian schoolboy as a result of bullying.
Barbadian bloggers Boyce Voice and Jdid weigh in on the Roman Polanski controversy.
“Hopefully a cure for this disease is in the near future”: From Jamaica, Stunner's Afflictions recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Arubagirl reflects on the country's recently concluded elections.
Practitioners of indigenous knowledge increasingly use the media to exchange ideas and publicize traditional learning to the larger world. What happens when such local practices go global?
Just for Pakistan blog is apparently being blocked in Pakistan and can be accessed through proxies, as per a statement published in the blog.
Bangladesh based BRAC, the largest non-profit in the world has recently extended its operation in Haiti creating hope and opportunity for extremely poor women and their families, informs BRAC blog.
A Third World posts the legend of Deepawali, the Hindu festival of lights.
An Englishman in Osaka posted pictures of a fish sculpture made of a load of rubbish collected from the Yodogawa and Osaka Bay.
C. Custer from Chinageeks translated feminist scholar Li Yinhe's recent blog post on “Thoughts on democracy”.
Angry Chinese blogger comments on the report concerning Uyghur exile, Rebiya Kadeer's plan to sue Taiwanese government over recent accusations that they are connected to the East Turkestan Islamic Movement.
Soup kitchens were set-up in different parts of Metro Manila to serve thousands of flood victims.