9 January 2010

Stories from 9 January 2010

Uzbekistan: Calculations of the parliamentary elections

  9 January 2010

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 added that 15,108,950 voters or 87.8% of all registered voters participated in the elections and, according to the article 44...

India: Caste Discrimination

  9 January 2010

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 cut answers. People still ask with smile surname to map out the caste and ancestry in their minds.”

Azerbaijan: Interview with Scary Azeri

  9 January 2010

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 about her blog and reaction to it. Crossing many cultural divides, the blog has already become popular with foreigners as...

Japan: PM Hatoyama Starts Using Twitter

  9 January 2010

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 noted. The Prime Minister started using Twitter during the new year holidays as a means to “bring politics to the...

Japan: National Film Industry and Avatar

  9 January 2010

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 release an ultra expensive 3D movie like Avatar. [JA]

Thailand plans to buy submarines

  9 January 2010

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

  9 January 2010

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 “leverage in order to support their hysterical campaign about “social order” and “morality”.

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