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10 March 2010

Stories from 10 March 2010

Russia: Two Journalists Kidnapped in Caucasus

Israpil Shovhalov and Abdulla Duduev, two journalists of the “Dosh” online magazine were kidnapped on March 9, 2010 in the Republic of Ingushetia, one of the most unstable regions in...

Azerbaijan: “Ordinary people with extraordinary talent”

Flying Carpets and Broken Pipelines comments on today's appeal court ruling upholding the sentencing of video blogging youth activists Adnan Hajizade and Emin Milli. Adopted as prisoners of conscience by...

Bahamas: Staying Power?

Bahamian Nicolette Bethel questions the staying power of a Ministry of Tourism marketing campaign which commissioned 14 films from British filmmakers. Here's what peeves her: “It’s the idea that lies...

Trinidad & Tobago: Inertia feels “compelled to write about the elephant – or in T&T, the Manicou – in the middle of the room. Inertia.”

Trinidad & Tobago: Thought Bubbles from London

Trinidad and Tobago's fake Prime Minister blogs from the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, here and here.

Bulgaria: CME Buys Bulgaria's Most Watched TV Channel

Ruslan Trad reports on the recent sale of bTV, one of the most popular TV channels in Bulgaria, to Central European Media Enterprises.

Jamaica: Remembering Watson

The blog of the National Gallery of Jamaica pays tribute to the late painter and sculptor Osmond Watson.

Barbados: Murder Charge

Barbadian bloggers report that three men have been charged with the recent murder of a retired senior police officer.

Middle East: Mourning the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Mosque

Mohamed Sayed Tantawi, the Grand Sheikh of the Al-Azhar mosque in Cairo, Egypt, has died at age 81. Reactions to his death have varied from mourning to critical recollections of...

Macedonia: Most Popular Pop Songs on YouTube

Igor Mihajlovski published [MKD] an interesting analysis of number of views of Macedonian pop songs on YouTube, sorting them by time periods (1945-1979, 1980-1999, 2000-2010). He included videos of the...

Chile: Earthquake Reveals Social Inequalities

The quick burst of lawlessness that ensued after the February 27 earthquake in Chile sparked a national debate about the existing social and economic inequalities in the country.

Azerbaijan: Appeal court upholds ruling against video blogging youth activists

Rufatagayev tweets that an appeal court in Baku, Azerbaijan, today upheld a previous court ruling sentencing two video blogging youth activists to 2 and 2.5 years in prison. Most observers...

Nigeria: Images of children killed in Jos

Images of children killed after violence erupted in Jos, Nigeria.

China: Zola's English blog

Well known citizen reporter Zhou Shuguang starts to blog in English as he wants to be more international. Here is his first post.

India: Sugarcane Price Stirs Worry

Ram Bansal at India in Peril discusses about the rising price of sugarcane in India and the impending crisis in the sugar market because of it.

Ecuador: Guayaquil Demands Greater Budget Allocation

The municipal government of Guayaquil, Ecuador, recently held a "March for Dignity" demanding greater budget allocation from the central government. However, it was also an opportunity for its Mayor, Jaime...

Azerbaijan: Confusion over Internet problems with Azadliq site

In the past few days in Azerbaijan, some users have complained that many sites, including Yahoo Mail, Gmail and Facebook, were inaccessible. When one news site was affected, however, some...

Japan: No Nukes

Martin J Frid blogs about the recently revealed secret agreement between Japan and the U.S in 1969 which has violated the three non-nuclear principles signed by former Japanese Prime Minister...

Nicaragua: The Passing of Musician Salvador Cardenal

Nicaraguan musician Salvador Cardenal passed away on March 8, 2010 after a lengthy illness. His official blog [es] is collecting memories of his life in music, as well as receiving...

China: Do Chinese people live with dignity?

China’s top leader has made a historic statement regarding human rights and human dignity which has posed both doubts and meaningful questions. During this year's Spring Festival, China's Premier Wen...

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