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9 December 2009

Stories from 9 December 2009

Corruption Impeding Development In Nepal

  9 December 2009

This year Nepal has slipped further down on the Transparency International's (TI) anti-corruption scale. The culture of corruption has spread beyond the government and politicians as the social life in Nepal has also fallen victim to this disease.

Bahamas: Interest in Climate Change

  9 December 2009

Bahama Pundit‘s Larry Smith says of the Copenhagen Climate Change talks: “The good thing about action to address climate change is that it presents unprecedented opportunities for the world in terms of energy security, pollution control, technology innovation and sustainable development.”

Controversies Surround French National Identity Debate

  9 December 2009

The national identity debate, launched by the French government a month ago, has had its critics on all sides of the debate: from those who speculate the official website is being run by Moroccans to intellectuals who have called for the closure of the Ministry of Immigration.

Bermuda: Second Chances

  9 December 2009

Of the escalating crime situation in Bermuda, 21 Square asks: “Can we help people get off the path to destruction early enough to get them back on the right path?”

Jamaica: Testing the Windies

  9 December 2009

“Well, well, well, what was previously thought to be impossible in international cricket, actually happened, today”: Jamaica's Girl With A Purpose congratulates the West Indies cricket team on drawing the second test match with Australia.

Kazakhstan: Big city lights, gerontocracy and Photoshop

  9 December 2009

Kazakhstan’s bloggers continue to monitor the state’s traditionally non-transparent politics and comment on the news. Among their concerns is the government’s announcement that due to the economic crisis, wage increases for state employees, pensioners and students on stipend, scheduled for the beginning of 2010, would have to be postponed for...

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Tweets from Beirut: Day Two of the Arab Bloggers Workshop

  9 December 2009

The second day of the Arab Bloggers Workshop kicked off with a presentation about Herdict Web, a site which uses crowdsourcing to gather reports of Internet filtering from users around the world. Qatari workshop participant Muhammad Basheer tweeted a photo from the presentation: Following the first presentation, Egyptian blogger Manal...

Serbia: Threats to B92's Journalist

  9 December 2009

Serbian journalist Brankica Stankovic, the author of a recent TV show about Belgrade's football hooligans, has been receiving serious threats, including via Facebook. Sinisa Boljanovic reviews the response in the Serbian blogosphere.

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Featured Author: Jillian York

  9 December 2009

Jillian York describes herself as "a writer, activist, Internet censorship combatant, and blogger." She is based in Boston where she works at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society on the OpenNet Initiative and Herdict, a crowdsourcing project to identify blocked websites.

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