Stories from 1 December 2009
Mohamed Aseel Hassan from Maldives comments on the Swiss minaret ban: “I am outraged that one of the most liberal countries in the world would vote to pass such a ridiculous motion. It's a gross violation of peoples right to freedom of religion and of expression.”
Dare to be different posts a letter from a disappointed customer of the Sri Lankan state airlines detailing the suffering due to negligence in service.
The candidate from left-wing party The Broad Front José "Pepe" Mujica obtained the majority of the votes on the run-off election for the presidency of Uruguay, making him the first former guerrilla member to reach the presidential chair.
After the tobacco ban, Penstar informs about another prohibition in Bhutan; local authorities have banned alcohol during the choedpa festival in Wamling village.
Climate change is affecting the way of life of Mongolian nomadic families, as rangeland for their grazing animals has been reduced in size and the availability of fresh water has become scarcer.
M.P. Bhandara at All Things Pakistan comments on the issue of the stranded Pakistanis in Bangladesh: “How cynical can we get as a nation? We can tolerate the presence of a million plus illegals from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Burma and Afghanistan in Karachi but we shut the door tight on...
Wo Se Ekyir has a list of 10 Ghanaian Christmas gifts.
With the embittering background of the French official debate about "national identity", a "Day Without Immigrants" was announced to take place on the 1st of March, 2010. How would the economy and society fare if so-called immigrants suspended all activity during 24 hours ?
The Sudanese Ambassdor reacts to a strategy paper released by Enough Said Project: Even before our most recent Sudan strategy paper went public yesterday, the Sudanese ambassador to the United Nations had a strong reaction to our recommendations…”
gspottt says that “for the first time at a Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting…in Trinidad & Tobago, there was significant representation of GLBTQ (gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender/queer) activists among civil society participants, and a concerted effort to highlight issues of sexual citizenship and rights.”
Repeating Islands has an update on the activity of Montserrat's Soufriere volcano.
KnowTnT.com explores the question of whether blogging is journalism.
Regional bloggers discuss World AIDS Day.
Bermudian bloggers put in their two cents’ worth on the proposed Public Access to Information Legislation.
On Sunday, November 29, 57.5% of Swiss voters approved a ban on the construction of new minarets atop mosques, paving the way for a constitutional amendment. The ban has sparked mixed reactions throughout the Arab and Muslim blogospheres: While some bloggers are outraged, others make the point that banning minarets does not hinder practicing the faith.
ESWN translated a local news story about a female deputy editor-in-chief, Le Qian, being assaulted by an attacker in front of her home.
Tom Legg blogs about the recent political scandal on the attempt by the Beijing Basic Law expert in re-interpretation of the meaning of democracy in Hong Kong.
While it's true that most people know by now that HIV/AIDS poses a threat, World AIDS Day, which takes place today, attempts to focus the world's attention on this disease for a day and show just how big a threat still persists.
Last Thursday, in a press conference the Chinese premier Wen promised a 40% carbon emissions cut by 2020 as a measure to deal with climate change. Facing suspicion and questions, he reiterated the next day in a meeting with developing countries that it was a ‘serious and solemn promise’. But...
There are some television shows that become fashion trend setters (à la Sex and the City) but what would you think if a show was designed as a vehicle to sell clothes? With television stations in a financial slump with shrinking advertising revenues, Kansai Television is experimenting with a new...