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12 January 2010

Stories from 12 January 2010

Madagascar: New Threats to Protestant Church and Free Speech

The beginning of the year in Madagascar has been marked with yet more protests where protesters have been fired upon and the harassment of those perceived as close to the...

Saudi Arabia: Honouring The Pakistani Hero Of The Jeddah Floods

At the end of November Saudi Arabia's second largest city, Jeddah, was hit by heavy floods, blamed on poor infrastructure and mismanagement of city works construction. Many lives were lost,...

Bangladesh: Living Dangerously

Asif Saleh and Jyoti Rahman at Unheard Voice criticizes the actions of India’s trigger happy Border Security Force (BSF), who are responsible for a number of death of Bangladeshis each...

Bhutan: Everything Is Cheap In Phuentsholing

Penstar describes about Phuntsoling, the shopping paradise of Bhutan: “Everything comes cheap here. Garments are cheap. Utensils are cheap. Culinary items are cheap. Trust is cheap. Faith is cheap. Dignity...

‘Nepali’ not ‘Nepalese’

XNepali blog argues that the ‘Nepalese’ should be addressed as ‘Nepali’. The blogger also created a Facebook group titled “Say no to ‘Nepalese’”.

Sri Lanka: Election Violence

Centre for Monitoring Election Violence posts a video interview which discusses the news that supporters of Presidential candidate General Sarath Fonseka were attacked resulting death of one person and many...

Pakistan: Battling for Hearts and Minds

Kalsoom at CHUP -Changing Up Pakistan discusses the strategy of the Pakistani security forces who are battling for hearts and minds “with a campaign that vilifies the enemy and sways...

St. Vincent & the Grenadines: Dear PM

From St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Abeni writes a letter to her Prime Minister.

Trinidad & Tobago: Taking a Hike

Aisha at MEP Caribbean takes a hike to Trinidad's Salybia waterfall.

Trinidad & Tobago: Discussing Homophobia

Trinidad and Tobago's gspottt thinks that “2010 is off to a promising start” thanks to sociologist Linden Lewis’ addressing of the issue of homophobia in the Caribbean.

Cuba: Bloggers’ Risk

“Some years ago I read a study by the UN International Labor Organization in which they reported the profession of journalist as the second riskiest in the entire world…the study...

Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago: CLICO Questions

“The issue of the collapse of the CL Financial and CLICO house of cards has dropped off the radar for Barbados Prime Minister Thompson and the Bajan media”, but Barbados...

Russian Official Proposes to Block Online Gambling Web Sites

Moscow City Deputy Andrey Metelsky proposed amendments [RUS] to the Telecommunication Law that, if passed, would require Russian Internet providers to block gambling Web sites, reports [RUS]. Bloggers are sceptical...

China: Iranian Cyber Army aims at Chinese critics, misses target entirely

"The feelings of the Iranians were hurt by the Chinese people," writes one Chinese Twitter user after pro-government Iranian hackers attacked China's largest search engine, which prompted a counterattack by...

Lebanon: Robbed at Gunpoint

Sean at “The Human Province” talks about how he was robbed at gunpoint in a cab in the capital Beirut.

Iraq/Saudia Arabia: The Clerics War

Saudi-Iraqi relations have plummeted to a new low following remarks by Saudi Sunni cleric Mohammad al-Ureifi against Iraqi Shia Grand Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani during a Friday prayer sermon. Bloggers react...

China: Controversial conviction of lawyer in corruption crackdown

With twenty gang lawyers arrested in Chongqing's corruption crackdown, the conviction of one last week has locals tired of lawlessness on one side and lawyers across the country seeing malfeasance...

Lebanon: Valet Parking

Armigatus presents several views on valet parking in Lebanon, encouraging people to walk instead of drive, in this post.

Arab World: Article on polygamy causes a stir

Nadine al-Bedair's article entitled "Me and My Four Husbands" has caused controversy and outrage amongst the Arab and Muslim blogosphere. However, there are also those that have defended her piece....

Egypt: A Country's National Debt

Zeinobia at Egyptian Chronicles discusses her country's national debt in this post.

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