5 January 2010

Stories from 5 January 2010

Sri Lanka: Paying Global Media For Local Elections

  5 January 2010

Sri Lanka's incumbent president Mahinda Rajapakshe's aggressive re-election campaign includes purchasing banner ads on leading global media sites. Groundviews questions what is the point of paying global media for local elections.

Bangladesh: Becoming A Service Oriented Nation

  5 January 2010

“Bangladesh, is becoming more of a service oriented nation and a customer service culture is developing more than ever before,” comments Zain Mahmood, a non-resident Bangladeshi and the CEO of a US-based multinational company, after visiting Bangladesh recently.

China: Will you accept ‘Naked Marriage’?

  5 January 2010

A new term has become popular recently among Chinese netizens: ‘naked marriage’ (裸婚). Don’t be mistaken, but the term has a special meaning: it means getting married without a house, a car, a diamond ring and a proper wedding ceremony. Just taking a picture and getting a marriage certificate is...

Philippines: Remembering the Maguindanao Massacre

  5 January 2010

Bloggers share their thoughts one month after the massacre of more than 60 men and women in Maguindanao, Philippines. The suspects in this gruesome crime belong to a warlord clan formerly allied with the incumbent president.

Australia: Indian Homicide Reignites Racism Ruckus

  5 January 2010

The murder of an Indian migrant in Melbourne has reignited the debate about racism in Australia and the safety of overseas students. It has also severely strained relations between Australia and India. GV author Kevin Rennie gathers the reactions of bloggers in Australia

Puerto Rico: The Crime of Corruption

  5 January 2010

“Most people, when confronted with the topic of corruption in government spheres, tend to shrug it off, like it's a death in a distant neighbor's family, a common occurrence not worth thinking about”: Puerto Rico's Gil the Jenius takes a closer look.

Kazakhstan: Patriotism and Democracy

  5 January 2010

In the last weeks of 2009, the Kazakh bloggers’ comments were concentrated around two topics – patriotism and democracy in the Republic of Kazakhstan. PATRIOTISM The level of patriotism in the society keeps on provoking interest of various parties. The nationalist circles complain on prevalence of the Russian language in...

Trinidad & Tobago: This is Madness

  5 January 2010

“The major concern is being able to afford the fetes, playing mas and surviving post Carnival”: Trinidad Carnival Diary says 2010 fete prices are getting more and more out of reach for the average party-goer.

Jamaica: Bountiful Behaviour

  5 January 2010

After Jamaican dancehall artist Bounty Killer goes on a tirade against homosexuals at an upscale charity concert, Stunner says: “Dancehall artistes need to wake up and learn how to conduct themselves appropriately based on the given environment.”

Guadeloupe: 2010 another year of social struggle?

  5 January 2010

The Guadeloupean blogosphere has been buzzing for about a week around one question: “2010, a year of social struggle?” asked by blogger Shakazulu [Fr Cr], sparked by another recent rise in the price of oil products, as explained by Shakazulu [Fr Cr], Indiscrétions [Fr] and Bondamanjak [Fr]

Azerbaijan: Winter blues

  5 January 2010

Linda in Azerbaijan details the downside of being a Peace Corps Volunteer in the South Caucasus. Based in Azerbaijan, she says that winters can be particularly depressing and fitting in with the local culture sometimes frustrating.

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