4 January 2010

Stories from 4 January 2010

Nepal: Maoists And The Constitution Amendment Bill

  4 January 2010

“Today the Maoists decided not to support the seventh amendment bill of the interim constitution,” informs Nepali. In an update Nepali informed that they have made an U-turn and confirmed their support to amend the constitution, later in the day.

Slovakia, Hungary: Happy New Year!

  4 January 2010

The relations between the two neighboring countries, Slovakia and Hungary, went bad last year - but some Slovak and Hungarian citizens are trying to improve the situation by launching an online campaign called "Štastný nový rok, Slovensko! / Boldog Új Évet Magyarország!" ("Happy New Year, Slovakia!/Happy New Year, Hungary!).

Sri Lanka: Corruption in Campaign

  4 January 2010

“Without an independent and reliable Elections Commission there will be abuse,” comments Indi.ca while discussing the corruption in campaign of the upcoming presidential elections in Sri Lanka.

Bhutan: Failing Democracy

  4 January 2010

“If democracy means ‘Of the people, By the People, For the people,’ then democracy in Bhutan must be failing,” comments Bhutanese blogger Dipika.

Blogging about Culture and Interracial Marriages

  4 January 2010

A Number of mixed race and religion families are sharing their experiences in the blogosphere. The trial and tribulations of inter racial couples show a mirror to how far we, as a civilization, have come in accepting and respecting differences.

UAE: Burj Dubai Opens with Twitter Fanfare

Dubai has pulled all the stops to signal the opening of the world's tallest tower - Burj Dubai or Burj Khalifa. The 828 metre (2,717 ft) super tall skyscraper is being opened now with much fanfare despite the gloom that has surrounded the emirate's economy in recent weeks.

Haiti: New Year & Independence

  4 January 2010

In Haiti, January 1st 2010 was the date of the double celebration of both New Year's day and the 206th anniversary of the National Independence. Haiti Connexion Network posts a cheerful slideshow entitled “Bonne Fête Haïti Chérie”.

Killing Kuka: Timorese Youth Gunned Down

  4 January 2010

Twenty-five year old Kuka Lebre from East Timor was shot and killed by the local police last week. His death generated a strong reaction in the country. GV author Keta Haluha summarizes the reactions of netizens in East Timor

Bahamas: Day of Absence

  4 January 2010

Nicolette Bethel posts a series of musings about her Day of Absence – “a day to remember and recognize Bahamian artists and cultural workers, who go largely unsung, unnoticed and unremembered, and who are generally assumed not to exist in this nation”; Bahama Pundit offers a critique.

Trinidad & Tobago: No Hope?

  4 January 2010

“Many who I spoke with in South Trinidad were more concerned about how they would survive 2010 than what they would accomplish”: KnowTnT.com says the one thing glaringly missing in 2010 is hope.

Trinidad & Tobago: Attillah in Manningland

  4 January 2010

“I am glad I came to see what is inside these walls. Being inside makes me feel even more of an outsider in this PNM black elite universe”: Thanks to an unlikely cocktail party invitation, Trinidadian blogger and activist Attillah Springer ventures down the rabbit hole, right into the Prime...

Caribbean: Farewell 2009

  4 January 2010

Caribbean bloggers bid 2009 farewell – BeachLime says: “The only sure thing that's going to happen in 2010 is that it will prove to be a challenging one for Bermudians”; Belizean provides a comprehensive end of year review and Caribbean Free Radio tells the story of her year in pictures.

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