2 April 2010

Stories from 2 April 2010

Bhutan: Teachers Abusing Students

  2 April 2010

Journalist and blogger Dipika at On The Job writes about corporal punishments practiced by teachers in Bhutan and the embarrassment the students receive publicly causing them emotional trauma.

Nepal: Too Much Negativity In Media

  2 April 2010

Ujjwal Acharya at The Radiant Star complains about the negativity in the print media of Nepal. The blogger comments: “one of the constructive roles that media could easily play, without financial costs, is being positive.”

Bangladesh: Kantha Artist And An Accidental Saint

  2 April 2010

Anil Advani introduces to us Surayia Rahman, a self-trained Kantha artist from Bangladesh. She “guided hundreds of poor women in Bangladesh to create masterworks – exquisitely embroidered tapestries that have been gifted to dignitaries and are admired in collections throughout the world.”

Spain: Conguitos Racist Logos in Question

  2 April 2010

On Maneno, a blogging platform dedicated to meet the needs of sub Saharan Africa bloggers, schauzeri wonders why Conguitos, a renown sweets company in Spain,  retained their current logos despite the offensive undertones for Africans [article also available in spanish]. According to schauzeri, The offensive logos, which have been in circulation...

The Big Issue Hits Taiwan

  2 April 2010

Taiwan is the 9th country that publishes The Big Issue. Li Chi Zhong, the founder of Roodo Blog, introduces this model to Taiwan with a hope to develop a new type of social business. One month before publishing the first issue, bigissue.tw started its Facebook fan page to recruit volunteers. So far it has 27,000 fans.

Philippines: Online Visita Iglesia

  2 April 2010

The faithful can now have the Visita Iglesia, or the traditional Filipino custom of visiting at least seven churches where they can commemorate the fourteen Stations of the Cross on Holy Thursday, online. The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines recently launched the “online Visita Iglesia” for those “who cannot...

Malaysia: New Economic Model

  2 April 2010

Dubbed as the New Economic Model, Malaysia's Prime Minister has finally unveiled the first part of the plan detailing the country's future economic direction. The effort is much lauded especially by policy makers in mainstream press, but the citizen media abounds with skepticism.

Indonesia: Sony versus Sony

  2 April 2010

Sony AK from Indonesia was threatened with a trademark infringement lawsuit by Japan’s Sony Corporation if he does not close his personal website whose domain name is www.sony-ak.com. This provoked an intense reaction from the local online community forcing Sony Corp. to drop the case

Russia: Muscovites Use Blogs to Avoid Riding Metro

Podvezu_msk Livejournal community, which opened after the recent bombings in Moscow, is used by drivers-bloggers to offer a ride to those who don't want to use a subway. It also developed a special sign for cars with drivers willing to help for free. RIA Novosty tells a story of new...

Russia: Anglophone Commentary on Subway Attacks

More Anglophone discussions of the March 29 Moscow subway bombings, the politics around it and the commentary it has generated: Sean's Russia Blog – here and here; FPA's Russia blog; A Good Treaty – here and here; Dzutsev's Weblog; DI's Russia Blog; A Step At A Time – here, here...

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