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9 January 2010

Stories from 9 January 2010

Russia: Photos of Yawning Girl Stir Interest on RuNet

Russian bloggers humorously discuss photos of a little girl [RUS] who for the second year in a row stands and yawns in front of the Russian president during the Christmas...

Uzbekistan: Calculations of the parliamentary elections

As expected by different experts parliamentary elections in Uzbekistan were recognized valid. Chairman of the Central Election Commission Mirza-Ulugbek Abdusalomov released that information later the same day (December 27), and...

Russia: Blogger Reveals Microchip Plant Construction Delay

Habrahabr user pechkin1007 published [RUS] photos showing a construction delay at the “Angstrem-M” microchip plant near Moscow. The plant administration received a €815 million government loan [RUS] in 2008 and committed to starting the...

India: Caste Discrimination

Sparsh comments on the still persisting caste discrimination in India: “I always ask elders that society has become more feudal, caste oriented and communal than 60 years ago. No clear...

Taiwan: Teaching anthropology in Hualien

Kerim Friedman writes about his experience teaching anthropology at Dong Hwa University in Hualien.

Azerbaijan: Interview with Scary Azeri

Women's Forum interviews blogger Scary Azeri, now also a contributor to the online gender-specific site based in Azerbaijan. The blogger, born and raised in the oil-rich former Soviet republic, speaks...

Japan: PM Hatoyama Starts Using Twitter

Have something you want Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama to know? You could try tweeting about it to @hatoyamayukio! All links in this post link to Japanese content unless otherwise...

Japan: National Film Industry and Avatar

The denmipapa blog is publishing a series of posts explaining the business side of the Japanese film industry. The fifth installment explores why the industry is not set up to...

Southeast Asia: Prepaid mobile internet services

Preetam Rai lists the prepaid mobile internet services offered by mobile telcos in Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and Vietnam

Cambodia: Press freedom ranking

GV author Tharum Bun discusses press freedom and the rise of newspapers in Cambodia

Philippines: Bloggers and elections

baratillo.net from the Philippines identifies the different types of bloggers who write about elections

Philippines: Protecting the film industry

Critic After Dark discusses the proposal of an actor-politician to impose a quota of Hollywood films to be shown in Philippine theaters

Thailand plans to buy submarines

A blogger lambasts the proposal of the Thailand navy chief to buy submarines. The influential King of Thailand disagreed with this plan in the past.

Thailand: Children protesters want alcohol billboard ads removed

Hundreds of children are asking officials of Bangkok to remove the billboard ads of alcohol drinks. Blogger Thailand Crisis criticizes the parents and adults who are using the children as...

Philippines: Senatorial candidates

Pinoy Oberver suggests some names to consider when voting for senators in the coming Philippine elections on May

Russia: Death Penalty Moratorium Extended Indefinitely

Russia has indefinitely extended a moratorium on the death penalty that was due to expire on Jan. 1. Numerous comments were posted on RuNet, and they essentially reflect the returns...

Slovakia: First Slovak Terrorist Caught in Ireland, Sort Of

Tibor Blazko translates Slovak netizens' caustic remarks about the botched security test on a plane to Dublin.

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