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1 December 2009

Stories from 1 December 2009

Maldives: On The Swiss Minaret Ban

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...

Sri Lanka: Sloppy Service By The State Airlines

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.

Uruguay: Mujica is President After Run-off Election

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...

Bhutan: Another Ban

After the tobacco ban, Penstar informs about another prohibition in Bhutan; local authorities have banned alcohol during the choedpa festival in Wamling village.

Mongolia: Climate Change Affecting Nomadic Way of Life

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...

Pakistan: Lest We Forget

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...

Ghana: 10 Ghanaian Christmas gifts

Wo Se Ekyir has a list of 10 Ghanaian Christmas gifts.

France: The Day Without Immigrants

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...

Sudan: Ambassador reacts to Enough Said Project paper

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...

Trinidad & Tobago: Gay Issues at CHOGM

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...

Montserrat: Soufriere Activity

Repeating Islands has an update on the activity of Montserrat's Soufriere volcano.

Trinidad & Tobago: Blogging & Journalism? explores the question of whether blogging is journalism.

Caribbean: World AIDS Day

Regional bloggers discuss World AIDS Day.

Bermuda: PATI Opinions

Bermudian bloggers put in their two cents’ worth on the proposed Public Access to Information Legislation.

Arab World: Reactions to the Swiss Ban on Minarets

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...

China: Female deputy editor-in-chief being assaulted

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.

Hong Kong: Democracy

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.

World AIDS Day: Reflections and Raising Awareness

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...

China: Environmental issues, citizens on move

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,...

Japan: Moving Beyond a TV Drama Production

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...

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