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3 November 2009

Stories from 3 November 2009

USA: Race and Gender Politics of Halloween

Racial stereotypes and oversexed depictions of women were not uncommon for Halloween costumes this season, as many US bloggers noted. One "illegal alien" costume sold in major stores, was even...

Azerbaijan: Virginity

Emotions on Air, Mind Mute ponders societal expectations that women remain virgins until they marry. Although based in Azerbaijan, the blog notes the same value system throughout the entire Caucasus...

Pakistan: At War

Mohammad Malick comments on the recent terror attack in Peshawar's market area for lower and middle class people: “(it) showed that it is a war with terrorists standing on one...

Bangladesh: Beggars Can Be Choosers

Bangladesh Corporate Blog analyzes the decision of Bangladesh government to establish separate begging zones in the capital Dhaka.

India: Plagiarism?

Photoblogger Anil is surprised to find that a photograph taken by him of the main building of Bishop Cotton School in Shimla was used for a commemorative postage stamp published...

Peru: Chimbote in Blogs

The Peruvian coastal city of Chimbote may be best known for its fishing industry, but there is a lot of cultural activity taking place. Blogs from Chimbote have played an...

Georgia: Orthodox scandal

In the most religious country of the South Caucasus where the Orthodox Church's Patriarch can even encourage a baby boom, criticizing the clergy is still somewhat taboo. Lampooning them, however,...

Madagascar: Economic Update

Is the economy going down in Madagascar?: “If recent trends persisted during September, three new developments seem to indicate a deterioration in public finance and economic activities: (i) the Government...

Kenya: Nairobi Christmas Tourism Expo

Bankelele writes about Christmas Tourism Expo in Nairobi, Kenya: “The annual Christmas tourism expo (Getaway ’09 fair) fair was held at Sarit center last weekend. About 75 exhibitors were offering...

Kenya: Blogging the first open map of Kibera

An initiative aimed at creating the first open map of Kibera in Nairobi, Kenya: “And yesterday we spent the whole day at MS ActionAid Kenya, where the Danish students were...

St. Vincent & the Grenadines: Poll Taking a Toll

Vincentian Life is “more than a little concerned that…electoral officials have up to 14 days in which to make public the results of the November 25 [referendum on constitutional amendments]...

Trinidad & Tobago: Determining Racism

“The important thing, I think, is that if you don't want to be a racist, you need to focus on how you treat people, not on how you react to...

Jamaica: Bleak Outlook

The Liming House says that the resignation of the Central Bank governor, coupled with Standard & Poor's downgrading of the country's rating, ” is…a serious blow to Jamaica.”

Jamaica: Of Patties & Personalities

Francis Wade thinks that Jamaicans and Trinidadians can learn a lot from each other.

The future of ICT4D: How soon is now?

In the final of three posts on the future of ICTs for development, we examine a few projects that could change the way people leverage technology in rural areas.

Palestine: A Cartoonist's Visit

American political cartoonist Daryl Cagle shares his recent visit to Palestine on his blog, also sharing the work of Palestinian cartoonists he met there.

Syria: The Best or the Worst Article Ever?

Syrian bloggers frequently decry travel writing about their country - often it's too stereotypical, sometimes downright false. And for a country considered long "isolated" at least from the United States,...

Introducing Threatened Voices

Today, Global Voices Advocacy is launching a new website called Threatened Voices to help track suppression of free speech online. It features a world map and an interactive timeline that...

Eritrea: Happy Anniversay Asmarino!

Asmarino website celebrates its 12th anniversary: “Twelve years is a lifetime for a website. As in an individual’s personal growth, Asmarino’s development went through various phases without altering the basic...

Kenya: Bloggers discuss first Kenyan gay marriage

A Kenyan gay couple caused an outrage when they decided to be joined in a civil union, the whole nation cried “foul, that's not right.” Charles and Daniel legalized their...

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