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25 October 2009

Stories from 25 October 2009

Armenia: Twitter counters false media report

After a news item in the local press reported that a British MP had been appointed as rapporteur on Armenia and Turkey, Unzipped says that it used Twitter to check...

Morocco: A Lenient Sentence

In September, we learned about Zineb Chtit, the young Moroccan girl who was severely beaten while working as a maid. Last week, it was announced that Zineb's attacker Nawal Houmin,...

Algeria: An American Political Cartoonist's Account

American political cartoonist Daryl Cagle recently sojourned to Algeria for a comics convention; he shares his experiences on his blog.

Lebanon Ups the Ante in the Hummus War

As many as 300 Lebanese chefs gathered yesterday in Beirut to make the largest ever plate of hummus in an attempt to claim the reigns in ownership of the popular...

Uruguay: Following Tabaré Vásquez

Uruguay's election is scheduled for October 25 and Juan Cruz Díaz of Americas Quarterly [es] wonders who will lead the country after outgoing President Tabaré Vásquez, who Díaz writes “was...

Thailand: Local elections

Andy links to two blog posts which provide commentaries on local elections in Thailand. The first post highlights the prevalence of vote buying in communities while the other post sees...

Thailand: How not to be scammed

Dale offers tips on how to avoid being scammed by unscrupulous taxi drivers in Bangkok.

Myanmar: Gay slang

Writing for New Mandala, Violet Cho and Dave Gilbert observe that “Gay people in Burma are resisting homophobia and marginalisation through the creative use of new communication codes.”

Thailand, Cambodia rift evident in ASEAN conference

absolutelybangkok.com provides a backgrounder and update to the continuing rift between the top leaders of Thailand and Cambodia who are both attending the annual conference of Association of Southeast Asian...

Japan: Latest survey on poverty destroys the prosperity myth

One Japanese in six is living in poverty says the latest Welfare Ministry report [en]. According to OECD figures [en], Japan has one of the highest poverty rates in the...

Philippines: Relief Goods Rotting in Government Warehouses

Ella's Blog from the Philippines posts photos of donated goods intended for typhoon victims rotting in government warehouses. The expose has sparked fears that the goods might be misused to...

Malaysia: Should food bloggers reveal sponsors?

masak-masak from Malaysia asks readers if they want a food blogger to reveal if he/she was paid to review a restaurant.

Singapore plans to require bloggers to reveal sponsors

Singapore is thinking of drafting a new guideline that would require bloggers to reveal if they receive gifts or money for their articles. Bloggers react to this proposal

Saudi Arabia: Blogging Milestone

Blogging from Saudi Arabia, American Bedu will soon be reaching a milestone on her blog. Find out what.

Jordan: Halloween Dilemma

Jordanian Moey is considering Holloween costumes in this post: Lady Gaga is in, Michael Jackson is out.

Israel: Why I don't want to be a man

Batya, at Shiloh Musings from Israel, never wanted to be a man. Click on the link to find out why.

Saudi Arabia: Lucrative Laundry Business

American Bedu, who blogs from Saudi Arabia, remarks: “One of the very marketable and therefore competitive opportunities in Saudi Arabia is owning and operating a cleaners (laundry).”

Jordan: Serious about +18

Jordanian Ola Eliwat, from Cinnamon Zone, notes:'Seriously, when you receive an email titled “+18″, does anyone in his right mind seriously believe that someone who's under 18 will go, “Oh,...

China: Relics of the Old Summer Palace

Back in the news again is Beijing’s Old Summer Palace, whose destruction still remains a sensitive topic in China. Built during the Qing Dynasty, it was later sacked by British...

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