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27 May 2010

Stories from 27 May 2010

Hungary: Bloggers’ Photo and Video Reports on the Flood

The floods of the past weeks affecting Central and Eastern Europe are not over yet, and below are some of the photo and video reports by Hungarian bloggers from areas...

Jamaica: Dudus, Security & Seaga

In the Tivoli Gardens area of Jamaica's capital city – home turf of alleged drug lord Michael Christopher “Dudus” Coke and epicentre of the unrest that has gripped the Caribbean...

Lebanon: Elections Vs Football

What's overshadowing the Lebanese municipal elections? Free Thinking Lebanon blames football for stealing its thunder.

Bahrain: Abu Dhabi's Gold ATMs

Gold dispensing machines? Ammaro, from Bahrain, discusses Abu Dhabi's new flashy Gold ATMs in this post.

Jordan: A Day with a Grave Digger

From Jordan, Karabeeb (Ar) interviews a grave digger – and discusses his profession.

MENA: 15m Facebook Users

As of May 2010, Facebook has 15 million users from the Middle East and North Africa (excluding Iran, Israel and Turkey), reports Spot On. Seventy per cent of the users...

Qatar: The Al Jazeera Initiative for Internet Freedom Launched

Qatar-based Al Jazeera Network has announced The Al Jazeera Initiative for Internet Freedom. For more information, click here.

Mauritania: Spotlight on Tunisian Cyberactivism

Mauritanian blogger Nasser Weddady sheds light on cyberactivism in Tunisia with this insightful post, dedicated to the memory of Tunisian dissident and internet activist Zouhair Yahyahoui.

Bahrain: Blocking of Sites Gains Momentum

Bahraini Mahmood Al Yousif comments on the blocking of sites around the world – and the excuses given for that.

[Report] Technology for Transparency

This report is the culmination of four months of research examining the objectives, challenges, successes, and effects of online technology projects that aim to promote transparency, political accountability, and civic...

Ghana: Our first batch of refugees

Togo's Security Minister is quoted by the BBC saying that 3,500 refugees have crossed into Northern Togo from Ghana following ethnic conflict and land disputes. Ghanaian blogger and journalist Ato...

Maldives: Divehi Language Or Islamic Studies

We Show The Facts. You Know The Rest blog discusses the plan of the Maldives government to make study of Dhivehi language and Islamic studies as optional in A Level.

Bhutan: Such Is Life

Jeans at Kuzu-Bhutan Weblog shares an anecdote of life in Bhutan's capital Thimphu.

Zimbabwe: Police raid house of Director of Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe

After the arrest of two employees of the Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) on the 21st May 2010, the police have gone further to search the house of Chesterfield...

South Africa: FEEFA 2.010 Whirled Cup Sowth Afrika!

Many South African companies are planning to profit from the 2010 FIFA World Cup. However, more and more are finding it difficult to play by the rules of ambush marketing...

Kenya: No need for unnecessary ICT regulations

Erik discusses ICT regulations in Kenya: “Maybe, instead of adding unnecessary regulations, governments should look to truly and strongly punishing unfair and dirty practices that are already on the books.”

Sri Lanka: Unique Perspectives On The End Of War

Sanjana Hattotuwa at ICT for Peacebuilding (ICT4Peace) informs that GroundViews, the Sri Lankan citizen media platform, has published a special edition on the end of the war against LTTE.

Brazil: Bloggers React to Iran-Brazil-Turkey Nuclear Deal

Brazilian bloggers react to the deal reached between Brazil, Turkey and Iran concerning the uranium enrichment of the latter: from optimism to skepticism, here are some thoughts on the role...

Trinidad & Tobago: Offering Advice

Raymond Ramcharitar has some advice for the People's National Movement, the political party that now moves from government into opposition.

India: Controlling Export Of Cotton

Offstumped blog criticizes the recent decisions of the incumbent Indian government to control export of Cotton using steps like ban on export to a license based red tape system.

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