Stories from 9 March 2010
Poland: Ryszard Kapuściński – Fiction or ‘Non-Fiction'?
A discussion of the newest book about the life and work of journalist Ryszard Kapuściński has reached the UK, the United States and other regions of the world. Sylwia Presley reviews reactions in the Polish blogosphere.
Chile: Mapuche Communities Affected by Earthquake
After the February 27 earthquake in Chile, the media and the government have faced strong criticism for their lack of coverage and support for the small Mapuche indigenous communities closest to the epicenter. Mapuche leaders have called out for international aid.
Russia: Blogger's Video Leads to Punishment of Policeman
A blogger posted a video address about a policeman who stopped regular cars on the Moscow belt-road to create a “live barrier” and stop an alleged criminal's car. In less than a day after the blog post, the policeman responsible for this unlawful action got a sever warning, expert.ru reported.
Voci Globali: Global Voices and La Stampa
A new collaboration between Italian newspaper La Stampa and Global Voices is showing promise for the inclusion of more curated and translated citizen media in mainstream news.
Liberia: Confusion about the cause of violence in Lofa County
Violence erupted in the towns of Voinjama and Zorzor in Liberia last week. There are conflicting reports about the cause of the conflict in which four people died. While the mainstream media reports seem to attribute the violence to religious tensions, blogger Johnny Dwyer disagrees.
Bangladesh: An Emerging Hub Of Online Jobs
RealTime Bangladesh quotes a recent report to inform that Bangladesh is becoming an emerging hub of online jobs in the world.
India: Barcamp Kerala
Kenney Jacob informs that BarCamp Kerala (8), the biggest and coolest technology related event in Kerala state of India, will be held in Thiruvalla town on March 28th, 2010.
China: Left critique of liberal calls for hukou reform
On March 1, 13 major newspapers issued a joint call to the NPC & CPPCC to reform the hukou (household registration) system. The Chinese leftist, however, considered the real intention of the call is the privatization of rural farmland. More from The China Study Group.
Taiwan: Construction of ethnic identity
Taiwan in Cycles comments on how a man's choice to identify himself by saying, “I am not an Aborigine!” reveals about the construction of ethnic identities in Taiwan.
Azerbaijan: Youth, human rights and the Blogosphere
HumanRightsUN posts a video of part of the presentation made by Ruslan Asadov, co-founder of the OL! Azerbaijani Youth Movement [AZ/EN], at the Geneva Summit for Human Rights, Tolerance and Democracy. One of the other co-founders of OL!, video blogging youth activist Adnan Hajizade, is currently in prison on what...
Nigeria: Jos erupts in violence again
In Jos, conflict seems to recur in ever-narrowing cycles: deadly riots rocked the city in 1994, 2001, 2008, and, not even two months ago, in January 2010. The current conflict is said to have begun in reprisal for the destruction that occurred in January, and, like the previous riots, has been fought along sectarian lines.
Suriname: Chocolate Art
Paramaribo SPAN highlights the work of artist Ellen Ligteringen, whose “project involves an installation of objects and an element of public performance, but it is also a process of investigation.”
Trinidad & Tobago: Astounded by Hart
KnowTnT.com says of the Calder Hart issue: “It simply astounds me that it took so long and got so far out of control. A Prime Minister defends a man 45 times. And it astounds me that the Opposition was so deeply involved with its collective pants around its ankles that...
Cuba: Through the Looking Glass
Generation Y blogs about a form of TV reporting in Cuba “that emulates the saga of ‘Big Brother'”, saying: “Unfortunately for the crude producers of this kind of reality show, the technology in the hands of citizens has started to make the walls around our lives transparent as well.”
Trinidad & Tobago: Pone!
“Not a pudding, not a cake, but something somewhere in between”: TriniGourmet.com posts a mouth-watering recipe for cassava pone.
Bermuda: Green Paper
Bermudian bloggers discuss the country's Green Paper on gaming.
Egypt: How living in Egypt has changed her life
Karishma Pais, an expat living in Egypt, wrote a nice blog post about how her experience with living in Egypt has changed her life.
UAE: Twenty seven million flowers
Seabee shares his thoughts after Dubai Municipality said they planted 27n million flowering plants in Dubai last year.
Saudi Arabia: Why KASP is Flawed
Saudi Jeans comments on why he thinks the King Abdullah Scholarships Program (KASP) is flawed, despite sending more than 70,000 Saudi students to many different countries around the world to continue their higher education.
India: Women's Bill Stirs Up A Hornet's Nest
There was a pandemonium in the upper house of the Parliament of India (the Rajya Sabha) when a controversial Women's Reservation bill from more than a decade ago, was re-introduced by the ruling UPA government on March 8th - International Women's Day. Netizens in India are divided on the issue.
Pakistan: Perils Of Having Dark Skin
Maria Saadat, who runs a South Asian beauty blog, guest blogs at CHUP! – Changing Up Pakistan. She writes about the obsession of Pakistanis for fairer skin and the stigma related to having a darker shade of skin.