10 March 2010

Stories from 10 March 2010

Azerbaijan: “Ordinary people with extraordinary talent”

  10 March 2010

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 Amnesty International, the blog posts two video tributes and says that both men are “ordinary people with extraordinary talent” and...

Bahamas: Staying Power?

  10 March 2010

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 at the heart of the way in which the Bahamian government spends its money: ‘their output is likely to be...

Trinidad & Tobago: Inertia

  10 March 2010

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

Barbados: Murder Charge

  10 March 2010

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

Macedonia: Most Popular Pop Songs on YouTube

  10 March 2010

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 late international star Toshe Proeski, whose interpretation of folk song “Zajdi zajdi” is the ‘winner’ with almost 4 million views....

China: Zola's English blog

  10 March 2010

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

Ecuador: Guayaquil Demands Greater Budget Allocation

  10 March 2010

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 Nebot, to take on a more visible political opposition to the President.

Japan: No Nukes

  10 March 2010

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 Sato in 1974. The agreement stated that if there was a war or a crisis, Japan would not object to...

China: Do Chinese people live with dignity?

  10 March 2010

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 Jiabao made the unusually phrased statement that his government vowed to "make Chinese people more dignified".

China: The First Chinese Novel on Twitter?

  10 March 2010

Lian Yue, an ex-teacher and ex-procurator and now a famous blogger and political commentator in China, announced on his blog that he is starting a novel, entitled 2020, on twitter this month. According to the blog, the novel will last until 2020.

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