12 December 2009

Stories from 12 December 2009

Argentina: The Pomar Family Tragedy

  12 December 2009

The tragedy of the Pomar family, a family of 4 which "disappeared" near the city of Pergamino on November 14 and was found dead almost a month after, has drawn critizicism from the Argentinean community, who discuss the incompetence of the police work and the lack of quality of the media coverage.

China: Pessimism, skepticism and concern over Copenhagen

  12 December 2009

A number of Chinese media and environmental groups have sent people to Copenhagen to cover the climate talks as well as protest; bloggers back home, meanwhile, don't seem too hopeful that leaders there will commit to meaningful action toward reducing carbon emissions.

Constitution building for a new Nepal

  12 December 2009

Blogger Raktim Nepali hopes that a participatory dialogue will help build a better and more inclusive constitution, thereby fulfilling the  promise of a better future for Nepal.

Why does homosexuality need an etiology?

  12 December 2009

Pakistani blogger buttersisonlymyname pens her thoughts at Bazm-e-Rindaan, on the various ongoing discussions trying to explain homosexuality. According to her, ‘trying to ‘explain’ homosexuality is a heteronormative, and even sometimes a homophobic thing to do’.

It's time to change the symbol of good health

  12 December 2009

In India, we've always believed that kids from well-to-do homes should look it by being chubby and plump. That was the sign of good health. Arundhuti Thapar at Just a Thought points out the fallacy in this thinking and writes that we need to fight obesity early and take more...

The fight against plagiarism continues

  12 December 2009

What do you do when a leading MSM daily lifts content from your blog without your permission, snips off your name and the copyright mark, publishes it as their own and when you protest, says it was ‘unintentional'? The Mridula Dwivedi at Travel Tales from India finds out.

For that acre of green grass

  12 December 2009

There is no short-cut to a greener planet, writes Masud Karim at Muktangan. He reflects on Bangladesh's need for balancing industrialization with environment protection to preserve that acre of green grass amidst the concretization of its cities.

Ukraine: Bureaucracy and Incompetence at Defense Ministry

RuNet Echo  12 December 2009

Sergei Maximishin, an award-winning Russian photographer, has recently tried to get the Ukrainian defense ministry's assistance in doing a photo story on the Ukrainian navy and army for a German magazine. He ended up defeated by the Ukrainian bureaucratic monster, but posted a detailed account of the ordeal on his blog.

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