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8 October 2009

Stories from 8 October 2009

Saudi Arabia: To coed or not to coed

Should coed universities be allowed in Saudi Arabia?  Saudi Jeans comments on the latest developments on this issue.

Syria: Angelina Jolie visits Iraqi Refugees

Iraqi refugees in Syria had a surprise visitor. The News from Syria says that Angelina Jolie, along with Brad Pitt, visited the refugees, urging the world not to forget about...

Jordan: The picture of a terrorist

Jordanian Naseem Tarawanah shares a picture of Hosam Smadi, a Jordanian national arrested in the US and charged with attempting to use weapons of mass destruction. Click on the link...

Jordan: Arabic TV Shows for Children

Jordanian Ahmad Humeid discusses television programmes available for children in Arabic in this post.

Kuwait: Waiting for Transformers 3

ZDistrict from Kuwait can't wait for Transformers 3.

US diplomacy in Iran and Syria

Marc Lynch takes a look at US diplomacy work with Iran and Syria in this post.

USA: Native Americans’ long battle against racism

Racism and discrimination in the USA still affect Native Americans particularly hard, as it has in the past too. But now Native Americans are fighting back with online media.

Costa Rica: Streaming Video Discussions on Citizen Journalism

Last night 300 users tuned in to the  video streaming from the  Spanish Cultural center, where three journalists with extensive experience with citizen media from Spain, Costa Rica and Cuba:...

Kenya: Waiting for El Niño

Kenyans are waiting for the El Niño rains anticipated between now and December with mixed feelings. Although in it's ‘moderate' form El Niño is expected to displace at least 100,000...

India: Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Ashutosh celebrates the Nobel Prize of Venkataraman Ramakrishnan, the first Indian to win it in chemistry. This year, Venkataraman Ramakrishnan, Ada Yonath and Tom Steitz have jointly won the Nobel...

Sri Lanka: FarmerNet

LIRNE Asia blog informs that “the ICT arm of Sri Lanka’s largest community-based organization, Sarvodaya, launched its FarmerNet initiative last month”. FarmerNet is an online trading platform where the buyers...

Haiti: Smoke & Mirrors?

Of the recent conference aimed at attracting investors to the island, Hervé Jean Michel, blogging at, says: “Despite the fanfare surrounding the meeting, Haiti's masses remained completely indifferent to...

Bahamas: Crime Questions

Jerome Pinder at Weblog Bahamas has a few pressing questions for the Minister of National Security.

Guadeloupe, Martinique, St. Maarten, French Guiana: Autonomy?

Repeating Islands notes that the French Overseas Territories “are to vote on more autonomy in January 2010.”

Dominica: Speaking with a Superstar

Dominica Weekly interviews “one of Dominica’s International heroes, Roots Reggae superstar Nasio Fontaine.”

Barbados: Seizing Opportunity

Living in Barbados thinks that “one of the wrong turns that Caribbean countries made in recent decades was to put so many of their eggs into the tourism basket.”

Singapore: More Cash ≠ More Babies

Will a cash incentive make women want to have a child? Going by recent figures under Singapore’s recent Baby Bonus initiative, a government plan to raise declining birth rates in...

Pakistan: UK Visa Bureaucracy

Deadpan Thoughts describes the humiliations and complications faced by Pakistanis to obtain an UK visa and opines that the government of Pakistan should “link the renewal of all British diplomat’s...

Tajikistan: Me No Speak the Tajik

Vlad reports that Tajikistan has adopted legislation to downgrade the official status of the Russian language in a move that has reportedly had the country’s minorities up in arms.

Afghanistan: Jordanian royals fighting in Afghanistan?

Nick Fielding tells about a curious news in the Pakistan newspapers, which say that six women, all members of the Jordanian royal family, are due to be handed over to...

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