22 October 2009

Stories from 22 October 2009

Kenya: Transforming sports coverage through blogs

  22 October 2009

The last 10 years has seen an explosion of sorts in sports coverage across the continent. The now famous SuperSport is an African powerhouse in pay TV for satellite users and subscribers. This has given Africa and indeed most states a platform to be able to showcase their best. Bloggers have also joined the coverage of sports in Africa as as Richard Wanjohi shows in this article.

India: Life As A Single Woman

  22 October 2009

“Even in this day and age, even in urban India, people find it difficult to accept that a woman can choose to remain single and lead a healthy, happy and full life,” tells Ramapriya Gopalakrishnan at Ultraviolet. She explains the difficulties a single woman face in India.

Sri Lanka: Should We Believe Our Eyes?

  22 October 2009

Dan Verderosa at The Hub critically examines the alleged doctored video from Sri Lanka that shows eight men, stripped nude, bound, and blindfolded, coldly executed by soldiers on a muddy field.

Pakistan: A Dissenting Voice On War Against Terror

  22 October 2009

Liaquat Ali Khan at Pak Tea House opines: “under coercion, Pakistan has started a civil war that will consume its economy, national security, and tear apart its social fabric. [..] It is not yet too late for Pakistan to return from the precipice of national suicide. Pakistan must take a...

China: Nobel Dream

  22 October 2009

This month, the Chinese press and online forums are saturated with coverage of Charles Kao’s winning of the Nobel Prize in Physics. Yet another overseas Chinese scientist has snatched the prestigious prize, this temporary moment of shared glory is quickly turned into a more profound question: when would China produce its first indigenous Nobel Prize winner?

Trinidad & Tobago: A Mockery of Parliament

  22 October 2009

“Yesterday, as PM PM took to the floor to mash up his former loyal friend and watchdog, Parliament became the #1 entertainment house in the country once again”: Trinidad and Tobago's This Beach Called Life is not impressed at the behaviour of elected officials.

Trinidad & Tobago: No Hope?

  22 October 2009

As a legendary Trinidadian artist's sculpture is given a coat of paint to “spruce it up”, Nicholas Laughlin says: “This…is a telling symptom. It tells me how unaware we are, as citizens, of the civic spaces we live and work in, and how irresponsibly we behave towards them. It tells...

China: Fanfou is coming back?

  22 October 2009

Fanfou is a micro-blogging tool similar to twitter which has been closed down for more than 100 days in China. However, many still have hope that it will be back. Chinageeks translated a blog post by He Caitou discussing fanfou users’ loyalty towards the platform.

Egypt: No to Succession

  22 October 2009

Political forces in Egypt are rallying against succession. Zeinobia writes about how politicians are campaigning against President Hosni Mubarak passing on the torch to his son Gamal. Dalia Ziada has more here.

Egypt: Meet the Carpoolers

  22 October 2009

Blogging from Egypt, Maryanne Stroud Gabbani reports: “A young friend of my daughter's recently sent me a link to a webpage started by one of her friends to encourage carpooling in Egypt. Cairo reputedly has 20 million inhabitants and I'm willing to bet about 10 million cars.”

Cambodia: Award honors sex slavery survivor

  22 October 2009

Sina Vann from Cambodia is an activist with the Somaly Mam Foundation helping fellow survivors of slavery as well as those still working in brothels. For her work, she was honored with the Frederick Douglass Award.

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