Stories from 14 April 2010
Two ex-Mayors of Colombia's 2 largest cities have joined forces to run on the same ticket for the May 30 President Elections. This new alliance for the Green Party has been well-received by social media users, which is a big part of the campaign's strategy.
Faisal Kapadia at Deadpan Thoughts interviews Nigar, Pakistan's first female cartoonist.
Did the presidential election change the dynamics of Iranian citizen media tools and channels? Eleven Iranian bloggers and media professionals representing different parts of the political spectrum answer a brief questionnaire.
The Haitian Blogger contends that, contrary to some mainstream media messages, “Haiti does NOT have the ‘worst HIV infection rate in the region’.”
For Havana Times, Yusimi Rodriguez interviews “the first black model in Cuba.”
“The nonsense that has paraded as commentary since the tornado tragedy in Freeport two weeks ago has taken political pantomime to new levels”: Bahama Pundit‘s Larry Smith blogs about weather and politics.
“A luxuriant natural tropical forest in harmony with volcanic features of high scenic appeal and scientific interest” is how Dominica Weekly describes the country's Morne Trois Pitons National Park, the first designated UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Caribbean.
“Make, break or ignore”: According to Allegiance, “these seem to be the options that the media currently have before them in Barbados.”
Between local government attempts to keep news of the Yushu earthquake contained and China's top leaders calling for "all-out" assistance from the public, desire from offline and virtual civil society to contribute to rescue efforts any way they can has been loud and forward.
Light After Dark reports that US R&B singer Akon will perform in the Maldives on the 23rd of April. The Maldivian Facebook Community has set up a group called “we support Akon live in maldives” (997 Member) and to counter it there is a group Called “we DONT support Akon...
Chennai Moms.com has announced a blogging competition to celebrate International Mother's Day in May. The contest has been named as “The First Cry”, which will choose the best from mothers’ blog posts describing their first baby birth experience.
Prachatai has published the account of an anonymous soldier about the violent crackdown of the Red Shirt protest last Saturday which resulted in 21 deaths.
Reuters uploaded photos from the camera of its slain photographer Hiro Muramoto who was covering the Red Shirt protest in Thailand. An investigation is ongoing about how the crackdown on the protest became violent last Saturday.
It’s Happy Khmer New Year in Cambodia, celebrating the year of the tiger.
For the first time on April 11, 2010, Uruguayans commemorated a day remembering the 1831 massacre against the Charrúa indigenous people. Supporters of the Charrúa and the law allowing this holiday see this as a small but significant step toward embracing the indigenous heritage of the country.
ArabTweeple is the first directory indexing more than 15,000 Arab Twitter users.
East Lake, located at Wuhan city, is a state listed ecological tourist scenic area. It occupies 82 square kilometers, 6 times larger than the Hanzhou West Lake. Being a national 4A tourist area, its planning should be subjected to environmental assessment and public participation accordingly. However, in May 2009, a...
Andy in Tokyo wrote a post [en] on the Japanese financial newspaper Nikkei Shimbun's new policy, according to which “linking to any of its articles – and even its home page – now requires a written application.”
C Custer from ChinaGeek discusses a recent debate on plagiarism in Chinese academia. Wang Hui, a public intellectual leader in the “New Left” movement, is charged by Nanjing University literature professor Wang Binbin regarding the missing of proper citation in Wang's dissertation on Lu Xun.
If you are going to attend the Shanghai Expo, you will find Elaine Chow's tips on “How to buy your expo tickets in person” at Shanghaiist useful.
The blog Panamanian Writers [es] details the participation of the Panama Writers Association in the International Book Fair in Buenos Aires, Argentina.