7 January 2010

Stories from 7 January 2010

Georgia: Let's talk about sex, baby…

  7 January 2010

Perhaps the most buzzing topic in the Georgian social media scene was not politics, elections, sport, crisis, earthquakes or catastrophe. Instead, one of the most discussed topics was actually about a new television show, Ghame Shorenastan, about sex.

Azerbaijan: A bad start to a new year

  7 January 2010

Flying Carpets and Broken Pipelines says that the start of a new year has not been kind to Azerbaijan with several stories breaking that the blog describes as gloomy. In particular, it mentions new charges against an imprisoned journalist, threats to cut electricity supplies to households that have not paid...

Caucasus: New media bringing people together

  7 January 2010

Julien Frisch Watching Europe comments on a recent attempt to use new and social media to overcome negative stereotypes in the South Caucasus. The blog details how online services such as Twitter meant he discovered the project, but also asks when will the traditional media also cover such stories.

Pakistan: Is Democracy Appropriate For The Country?

  7 January 2010

Which one is important – enabling basic human rights with corrupt justice and failed governance in democracy or enabling good governance with no democracy? Osama Bin Javed from Pakistan starts the debate whether democracy is appropriate for countries like Pakistan and Afghanistan.

India: Travesty Of Justice

  7 January 2010

“After 19 years and 450 hearings, though convicted for molesting Ruchika, a 14 year old school girl and a tennis player, SPS Rathore is still smiling,” informs Indian Homemaker.

Trinidad & Tobago: Bringing Beyoncé

  7 January 2010

“To pretend that Beyoncé hasn’t done more for world hope and happiness than all the politicians in Trinidad and Tobago combined, is to continue to live in the delusion that we as a nation are as World Class as Beyoncé Giselle Knowles”: This Beach Called Life is all for the...

Bermuda: Violent Start to Year

  7 January 2010

“Well that didn’t take long. Just days into 2010 and we already have a road fatality and an execution style murder”: Vexed Bermoothes reports from Bermuda.

Uganda: Obote knew about AIDS but kept quiet

  7 January 2010

Ugandan former president Milton Obote knew about HIV/AIDS but kept quite: “l happen to hail from Southern Uganda where HIV-AIDS was first discovered. Obote ll Government decided to sit on the medical findings under the late Dr.Eriab Muzira, claiming that it will discourage tourists. But when Museveni took over in...

South Africa: Our president is addicted to marriage

  7 January 2010

South Africa blogger Khaya argues that his president is addicted to marriage: “As you may or may not know, the president of South Africa, Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma, married again recently. We have also heard that he has also paid lobola (dowry) for another.”

China: Welcome back, Yeeyan

  7 January 2010

Ethan Zuckerman wrote on the significance of Yeeyan, a collaborative translation website, in bridging the English and Chinese world. Yeeyan was temporary offline in December and now back to normal.

Ecuador: The Year in Blogs 2009

  7 January 2010

The new year is here, and blogger Carlos Correa takes a detailed look back in the year of Ecuadorian blogs and related technology events and occurrences throughout the country in 2009.

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