Stories from 8 September 2010
KnowTnT.com reports that The Commission of Enquiry into the 1990 Coup was launched yesterday.
In response to the installation of cameras at certain traffic lights, Vexed Bermoothes says: “I feel that in a ‘nation of laws’ Government must be clear about how efforts like this are authorised, how they will be used…otherwise, the exercise starts to smack of ‘big brother’ intrusiveness.”
“School has reopened so it’s high season for parent-bashing”: Long Bench republishes his response to the latest version of Jamaica's National Parenting Policy.
The Republic of Silence has shared [fa] a video from film maker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy. How does the Taliban convince children to become suicide bombers? Propaganda footage from a training camp in Pakistan is intercut with interviews of young camp graduates.
Michelle from interlocals.net has translated a story from Xinhua.net about the Chinese police officers’ strategy and experience in micro-blogging,
The Russian Internet community's response to the wildfires was accompanied with a high level of hostility and direct clashes between netizens and pro-government activists. Gregory Asmolov analyzes the conflict and suggests a strong linkage between the degree of online cooperation and the way online sources presented the role of the government in the wildfires disaster.
The Supreme Court of Indonesia has found the former editor of Playboy Indonesia guilty of violating the country's indecency laws. Media groups and bloggers protest the decision as “criminalization of the press.” Playboy Indonesia contained no nude pictures.
Based on an article written by Vinh Dang, about 40,000 Vietnamese citizens married foreigners between 2005-2008. The author also identifies the possible reasons why many Vietnamese are marrying foreigners.
Eric Burdette blogs about pre-1975 songs in Vietnam which he discovered through a Vietnamese music website. Eric thinks that young Vietnamese do not know the songs anymore because many records and record players were destroyed in 1975, the end of the Vietnam War.
Indonesian businesswoman Fahira Idris won as the most inspiring person on twitter through an online survey.
The annual gathering of bloggers in Indonesia is now open to members of other social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. The Pesta Blogger conference will take place next month.
The Thailand government enjoins its citizens to vote online (Facebook or Twitter) on how they want Thailand to be promoted globally.
The new statues of four bronze lions on a Skopje bridge attracted the attention of the Macedonian public by the end of August. The initial arrogant refusal of accountability by their creators overshadowed the questionable artistic achievement related to these publicly funded felines.
After reading the participating posts for the Blog Carnival: Venezuela, Freedom of Expression on the Internet, it is clear that while within the scope of traditional media there might be attempts to curtail freedom of expression, on the Internet the picture is very different. Read what Venezuelan bloggers had to say on this issue.