Stories from 1 November 2009
Updates on the flu situation in Ukraine, at Greetings From Kyiv – here and here, and at Ukrainiana – here.
In this post, we hear the views of citizen journalists from the Viva Favela project on the drug-fueled violence sweeping Rio de Janeiro's slums that they watch unfold from their doorstep.
A Syrian Foodie in London gives us a Halloween special with a Syrian twist to it, Tahini Pumpkin.
Ehsani, an economist and contributor to Joshua Landis‘ Syria Comment, elaborates on the divisions between Syria's top economy decision makers. The Commission for State Planning published a rare report criticizing Abdulla Dardari's, Deputy PM for Economic Affairs, liberal economic policies.
An English literature professor from the little Mediterranean city of Tartous and a Syrian-Canadian writer on a trip to her mother country exchange glances at a cafe called Sea Breeze. That's how Mariyah and Abu Fares chose to start their adventure, and their readers' new addiction. Yazan Badran has the story.
Students for a Free Tibet, Bangladesh (SFTBD), in partnership with Drik Bangladesh, a photo agency, has organized a photography exhibition on Tibet in Dhaka. A request from the Chinese embassy to stop the exhibition and a lot of threats from different quarters later, police prevented the launching ceremony today.
The annual Taiwan LGBT Pride event was held in Taipei on Saturday with an estimated crowd of 25,000 people. Poagao writes about joining the parade for the first time. shuflies has a report and photos. The event's official photographers also have photos at flickr.
Sarinee Achavanuntakul delivered a speech about the relationship of traditional media and internet in Thailand.
Leptospirosis outbreak was declared in several flood-affected areas of the Philippines. Health authorities claim it is one of the biggest Leptospirosis outbreaks in the world. Filipino bloggers react.
A TV documentary aired on British TV last September about some of the issues hounding Thailand tourism generated an intense debate in the cyberspace. Here is a sample of reactions in the Thailand blogosphere.
Indonesia Anonymus insists that the exclusion of Indonesia in US President Barack Obama's Asian Tour is not enough reason to feel disappointed.
The Jakarta Post uploaded a picture of new members of the Regional Representatives Council who are caught sleeping while attending a session. This elicited strong reactions in Indonesia.
Niki Cheong form Malaysia reacts to the statement of a government minister who appeals for a wider usage of the Bahasa Malaysia national language