Stories from 7 July 2010
Argentina: Journalists Ignore Events in President's Province
El Artilero accuses [es] Argentinean journalists of ignoring the events that occur in the province of Santa Cruz, where former president Néstor Kirchner (and husband of current president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner) is originally from. The blogger lists 20 stories from Santa Cruz the press has ignored.
Serbia: Bloggers Demand Health Minister's Resignation
A recent corruption scandal at the Oncology Institute in Belgrade has enraged the Serbian public and blogging community. Danica Radisic writes about the Resignation (Ostavka) blog initiative - and the expected resignation of the Serbian Health Minister.
Venezuela: Paranoia in Pro-Chávez Venezuela
Venezuela News and Views analyses two examples of what the blogger calls, “Paranoia in chavista [Pro-Chavez] Venezuela.”
Global: Paul the German Octopus Calls Another Match
For the past few weeks, amidst global World Cup madness, a young German octopus named Paul has been accurately predicting the victors of each football match from inside his tank.
Sri Lanka: Defender Of Buddhism?
Portrait blog questions Sri Lanka's stance on Buddhism and comments: “Sri Lanka has created Buddhist Fundamentalism, something that I would have thought impossible to do.”
Mexico: Fighting Violence with Art?
Enrique Torre Molina from Vivir México [es] wonders if Mexico could imitate the initiatives from Medellin, Colombia to fight violence by promoting the arts. As an example, he talks about a program where delinquent youth are encouraged to engage in the arts to keep them busy and away from crime.
Bangladesh: How Can One Protest?
After the Bangladesh police foiled a peaceful and democratic protest of the opposition, Rumi Ahmed at In The Middle Of Nowhere asks “how can one protest in Bangladesh?”
India: Selective About Denouncing Violence?
On 4th of July, 2010 a group of unidentified assailants attacked and hacked off the right hand of Mr. T. J. Joseph, a college lecturer from Kerala. He was earlier suspended after accusations by Muslim groups for making some derogatory references to the Prophet in a question paper set by him and had apologized publicly. Bloggers react.
Lithuania: Visiting Vilnius KGB museum
Wu Wei tells about her reactions to a visit to the Vilnius KGB museum, and reflects upon historical and current parallels between prison systems.
India: Facebook And Delhi Traffic Police
Gaurav Mishra at Gauravonomics reacts on the use of Facebook by Delhi Police: “punishing traffic offenders based on Facebook photos uploaded by others reminds me a little of China’s human flesh search engines.”
MENA: CNN Journalist's Comment Sparks Controversy
The passing of Lebanese religious leader Sayyed Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah was, for many, a major event. And yet, a passing remark on Twitter by an American CNN journalist of Lebanese background is causing a stir in the Twittersphere, blogosphere, and beyond.
Nigeria: Nigerian President on Facebook
David Ajao discusses Nigerian president Facebook page: “Through a Facebook page opened on 28th June 2010, he has systematically been sharing his belief in Nigeria and his dream for Nigeria.”
South Africa: We can't play football but we can dance
Football is not our thing, but we can surely dance: “South Africans may not be the best football players but they surely can sing and dance. I watch TV reports about South African workers on strike, with amusement.”
East Africa: Swahili Nation Music Awards
Hot Secrets announces the launching of Swahili Nation Music Awards (SWANMA): “The awards motto: Let's Go Global is a call for East African musicians to think beyond the continental borders.”
Nigeria: Designing Wole Soyinka
Sean blogs about animation and design studio that celebrates Wole Soyinka, the first African to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.
South Africa: Bloggers discuss the conviction of former national police commissioner
On Friday 2 July 2010, South Africa's former national police commissioner and ex-president of Interpol Jack Selebi was convicted of corruption. The conviction has prompted debated in the country as it has left many questions unanswered.
South Africa: Africa Fashion Week 2010
Photos and comments from Terence Sambo on the just ended African Fashion week, which took place in South Africa.
Philippines: Bloggers’ Views on Sex Education
This school year, the Philippine government is implementing a United Nations-backed sex education program in public schools for children and teenagers even as the Catholic Church has expressed strong opposition to the program. Bloggers comment on the issue.
Brunei: Women athletes may soon join Olympics
After being grouped with countries that do not send women athletes in international sporting events, Brunei is now considering the sending of women athletes in the 2012 Olympic Games
Tajikistan: Will Russian troops return to the Afghan border?
After one of the Russian experts voiced an assumption about the possibility of Russian soldiers returning to the border between Tajikistan and Afghanistan, neweurasia’s Alpharabius gets on the phone with Tajik ex-general Nuralisho Nazarov, who first proposed a Russian military withdrawal in 2004.
Kazakhstan: Bloggers’ Summer Pessimism
Summer is predominantly a dead season for the netizens around the globe. Kazakh bloggers keep on writing – providing less citizen journalism, but producing broader insights. Isabekov opines on the Kazakh national mentality feature [ru]: One of the most favorite Central Asian entertainments is called “praise a Kazakh”. The rules...