3 December 2009

Stories from 3 December 2009

M-banking: Going where no bank has gone before

  3 December 2009

Millions and millions of low-income, unbanked people stand to benefit (and maybe prosper?) from the development of mobile financial services in the next years, but there are several technological, logistical, and security challenges that must be addressed first.

Pakistan: List Of NRO Beneficiaries

  3 December 2009

Adil Najam discusses about a recently released list of 8000 persons including the president of Pakistan and 34 Pakistani politicians who have benefited from the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO), promulgated by former president Pervez Musharraf on Oct 5, 2007. This ordinance “grants amnesty to all those against whom politically-motivated cases...

Pakistan: Birth Of A Monster

  3 December 2009

“Over a span of about 30 odd years, the Pakistani military and its establishment allies in the intelligence agencies, the politicised clergy, conservative political parties and the media have, in the name of Islam and patriotism, given birth to a number of unrestrained demons which have now become full-fledged monsters...

Venezuela: Government Intervention of Banks is Parodied

  3 December 2009

Political humor blog El chiguire bipolar (The bipolar capybara) mocks the Government of Venezuela [es] after intervening four banks of the country: from now on, author parodies, Bancolchón [Mattress Bank] will manage public money, as customers can carry out cash withdrawals, make national and international transfers and “keep a glass...

Cuba: Ration Book Rationale

  3 December 2009

“In a recent speech President Raul Castro announced the elimination of free services, with the exception of those established by the Constitution, and unnecessary subsidies”: Repeating Islands links to a report which suggests that the Cuban ration books may be on their way out.

Bermuda: Post It!

  3 December 2009

Vexed Bermoothes blogs about the loss of goodwill towards the Bermuda Post Office, suggesting that a performance audit will help turn the tide: “The Post Office is a logistics business … and the only way to improve a logistical business is to pinpoint where lags are occurring.”

Jamaica: Cricket Combating Crime?

  3 December 2009

Jamaica Salt lauds Courteney Walsh for “using cricket to reach young people in 12 inner city communities and offenders in Jamaica’s prisons”, but wonders “Is it really a game that can be a real ambition for young inner city boys, for youth offenders?”

China: The Obama Girl Was An Internet Promotion Campaign

  3 December 2009

A female student Wang Zifei, who sat behind Obama when he delivered his speech at the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum, has become a Internet celebrity. Local media recently found out that her boyfriend actually paid 100,000 yuan to hire a Beijing Internet promotional strategy company to use the opportunity...

Bangladesh, India: Arrest OF ULFA Chairman

  3 December 2009

Bangladesh Open Source Intelligence Monitors blog analyzes the story behind the arrest of the chairman of an Indian separatist movement – United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) from Bangladesh territory.

Sri Lanka: Bird Counting Month

  3 December 2009

Sri Lanka Birds blog reminds that December, the bird counting month has arrived again in Sri Lanka. Bird watchers can feed the bird counting data to the “Sri Lanka Birds Database” directly or via an email.

China: Microblogging

  3 December 2009

Xue Ying from CNreview reports on a tech conference in Beijing concerning the development of microblogging in China.

China: Demise of the media

  3 December 2009

Uln from Chinayouren comments on the discussion on the demise of the media by looking into the dynamics of the State, the Business and the Readers.

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