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18 April 2010

Stories from 18 April 2010

Thailand: Songkran 2010

Richard Barrow posts pictures of Songkran 2010 festivities in Thailand. Songkran is the start of the traditional Thai New Year.

Myanmar: Yan Byae Island

Speaking Out Loud writes about Yan Byae Island located near the coast of Rakhine State in Myanmar. The island was listed by a website as one of the “top ten...

Myanmar: Hundreds injured in bomb blasts

At least 170 people were injured in three bomb blasts in Rangoon, Myanmar during the celebration of the Burmese New Year last weekend.

Philippines: Veteran Journalists Receives Death Threats

Durianburgdavao reports on the death threats received by veteran Filipino journalist Marites Vitug after the publication of her book, Shadow of Doubt: Probing the Supreme Court which is critical of...

The Coconut Farmers of the Philippines

The Longest Way Home blogs and posts photos on his encounter with the coconut farmers of the Philippines.

Philippines: Online indignation over massacre case

The government's recent decision to drop multiple murder charges against two members of the Ampatuan clan involved in the November 2009 Maguindanao massacre of 57 people, including 31 journalists, has...

Madagascar: A Flurry of Alleged Coups as Mediation Resumes

After the Minister of the  Armed forces was fired on April 7th under allegation of a Coup attempt,   Achille52 wonders what the April 18th allegation of another Coup and the...

China: Verdict announced in Fujian Three netizen trial

The three netizens in Fujian province arrested last summer for their role in seeking the truth behind the death of Yan Xiaoling were given sentences on Friday ranging from 1-2...

Japan: People live longer, so do TV shows

Japan may be known for the longevity of its people, but the TV programs have a rich and long history as its population. There are some series that have been...

Senegal: Growth of Citizen Movements

Yakhya Massaly wonders whether the rapid growth  of citizen movements is due to the failure of political parties or a genuine need for citizen participation as advocated by famed musician...

Maldives: Bring Back The Bikes

Rehendhi supports the recent decision of the Maldivian government to “arm the police with bicycles” and advocates for more use of bicycles.

Bhutan: South Asian Leaders Meet For SAARC Summit

Bhutan is in a flurry of activity, gearing up for the upcoming SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) Summit. Here the South Asian leaders will discuss about issues like...

Lebanon: Marching for Secularism

Lebanese Laïque Pride will hold a rally for secularism on April 25. They are a group of citizens who are calling for the full implementation of article (c) of the...

Lebanon: 24/7 Campaign for Migrants’ Rights

The 24/7: Campaign is a new online campaign working to alter the servant stereotype established between an Asian/African person and a Lebanese person. It is raising awareness to the fact...

Lebanon: Combating Domestic Violence

“In the Middle East, many still believe it is ok for a man to beat his wife. KAFA is one organization that is working hard to erase this mentality of...

Lebanon: Virginity and Hypocrisy

“I attended […] a discussion with [the] creator of Jasad Magazine about the language of the body, sexuality and relationships, and the last part was about how virginity and the...

Russia: Volcanic Eruption Provokes Cooperation and Jokes

Two days passed since Mother Nature showed its power to mankind letting the Icelandic volcano with unpronounceable name “Eyjafjallajökull” fill the European aerospace with ashes. As the ash cloud went...

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