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18 November 2009

Stories from 18 November 2009

Azerbaijan: News of IRI departure met with concern

Following the cessation of radio broadcasts from foreign stations, as well as the sentencing last week of two video blogging youth activists, comes news of what some see as yet...

Western Sahara: Aminatou Haidar Deported

Aminatou Haidar is a leading activist for independence of the Western Sahara (from Morocco). On Friday, November 13 when, upon returning to Laayoune (a city in the Western Sahara region),...

Russia: Young People Trust Internet

Fifty one percent of young Russians (ages 16 – 24) consider the Internet a reliable source of information. This makes the Internet the second most trustworthy source  after TV among...

And the best country in the world is….

We thought: "The Economist doesn't know everything!" and launched our own global survey of what the "best country" in the world is. Global Voices will award a Putumayo African Reggae...

Pakistan: Mumbai Attacks

Bilal Qureshi at Pakistan Foreign Policy blog comments on the 2008 Mumbai Terror attacks: “So far, we know that stateless actors were involved in carrying out these attacks. These people...

St. Vincent & the Grenadines: Bromance

“I am fed up of the debate over next week’s referendum”: So instead, St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Lullabies, Fairy Tales and other Self Delusions blogs about his “bromance with...

Trinidad & Tobago: On Stage?

“One can live in hope that a Carnival Stage is looming somewhere in the future right?”: Trinidad Carnival Diary is “a bit skeptical to believe…that work is expected to start...

Cuba: Courting Change

“There are a good number of ministers still under sixty, but the largest share of power is concentrated in the hands of septuagenarians and octogenarians”: Cuba's Generation Y suggests these...

Barbados: Crunch Time

“Barbadians have become alarmed at the prospect of having its investment paper perched at the brink of junk rating, a status most unfamiliar to Barbadians through the years”: Barbados Underground...

Barbados, Jamaica: Corruption Perception

The 2009 Transparency International Corruption Perception Index is out and although Living in Barbados always takes the results “with a pinch of salt”, he notes that “greasing palms is unfortunately...

Papua New Guinea: Ursula Rakova Leads Relocation Efforts

Activist Ursula Rakova has been leading efforts to relocate the residents from the Cataret Islands in Papua New Guinea, where it is estimated that by 2015 all of the islands...

Bangladesh: Brahmaputra River Is Threatened

RealTime Bangladesh blog reports that a dam in Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra) in China will divert 200 billion cubic meters of waters to the Yellow River. This will spell disaster for...

India: Much Ado about Copenhagen Meet On Climate Change

Roger Alexander opines that “in the course of his current trip to Asia, US President Barack Obama has ensured that the upcoming United Nations Climate Conference, due to take place...

Bangladesh: More Connectivity With Neighbors

The New Horizon comments on the recent initiatives of Bangladesh aiming for more regional connectivity with its neighbors: “It’s not only a good sign for Bangladesh, but also could usher...

Africa: Google sponsors Kiswahili Wikipedia Challenge

Google is pushing for more content on Kiswahili Wikipedia through Kiswahili Wikipedia Challenge: We invite you to take part in this challenge to create Wikipedia articles in Kiswahili. We hope...

Syria: Internet Woes Continue

Syrian blogger Rami wrote [ar] a post comparing internet speeds and costs in Syria with those in Romania. He was frustrated with having to struggle to obtain a 256Kbps connection...

Saudi Arabia: We'll Defend Ourselves – For The Right Reason

In recent weeks a longstanding conflict between the Houthi rebels and the Yemeni government has expanded to involve Saudi Arabia, which which has been carrying out bombing raids within Yemen....

China: Release Zhao Lianhai, the Father of the Kidney Stone Babies

C.A Yeung translated a petition signed by more than a hundred Chinese netizen demanding the Beijing police to release Zhao Lianhai, a famous rights activist and the founder of an...

Japan: Artist and morality

Neojaponisme has a blog post about the protocol for Japanese record labels to pull their artists’ CDs from stores when they are arrested on drug charges or for any other...

South Korea: Dual nationality

Roy Berman from Mutantfrog Travelogue blogs about the recently drafted law that allows dual citizenship for adults in South Korea.

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