20 September 2010

Stories from 20 September 2010

India: The Greed For A Baby Boy

  20 September 2010

AmreekanDesi shares a bizarre news where a mother's claim on a baby boy born within a few minutes of the delivery of her baby girl was turned down after DNA test. This shows the desire for male child by many Indian mothers.

Venezuela: Using Crowdsourcing to Report on Elections

  20 September 2010

Through video, pictures and links, citizens can report on any event or incident related to the upcoming September 26 elections in Venezuela thanks to Dale Poder A Tu Voto [es] (Give your vote power), a site modeled after Ushahidi. The site uses crowdsourcing to promote transparency, participation and education.

Pakistan: The Economics Of The Electronic Media

  20 September 2010

“Pakistani media’s financial shortfall is compensated either by mysterious sources or the electronic-media bubble is heading for a big burst” opines Riaz ul Hassan at Cafe Pyala, in his analysis of the economics of the electronic media of Pakistan.

India: Wither Kashmir? Or Is Reconciliation Possible?

  20 September 2010

The Indian central government has sent a fact-finding delegation including lawmakers from all major political parties to mitigate the bloodshed and tensions in the Jammu and Kashmir region. The Indian blogosphere has finally woken up on this issue and bloggers are sharing messages of hope, reconciliation, integrity and peace.

Lebanon: “The City that Never Sleeps”

  20 September 2010

“I felt safer than I had ever done in London, a city that has one CCTV for every twenty or so people, a city that stands as a beacon of Western capitalism and success. The West was wrong, I thought. This country no longer deserved a reputation of violence and...

Lebanon: Remembering Sabra and Shatila

  20 September 2010

“‘History is written by the victors’ wrote Winston Churchill. We emerged from civil war with a slogan of exhaustion: ‘No victor, no vanquished.’ How do we write our history? We don't know,” concludes Oussama Hayek in a post about his memories and thoughts on the Sabra and Shatila Palestinian Camps Massacres which...

Lebanon: Websites of Political Parties

  20 September 2010

Since September 1, 2010, The Oak of the South (Ar) began reviewing the websites of the various political parties in Lebanon. Each review includes the evaluation of the content, accessibility, general design, etc. Links to the posts are indexed here.

Lebanon: “Freak Marriages”

  20 September 2010

“… if you guessed they seen each other’s pictures on Facebook, liked each other and set a date for a wedding, you guessed right!” reports BeirutiAdventures about the “quick, rushed and weird marriage” of an acquaintance.

Bermuda: Battling Hurricane Igor

  20 September 2010

Remaining true to its most famous namesake, Hurricane Igor has, thus far, been the biggest and strongest storm of the 2010 Atlantic Hurricane Season, battering the tiny island of Bermuda even as it maintains its course towards Newfoundland, Canada. A handful of Bermudian bloggers managed to get information out in the midst of the barrage…

South Korea: Pulling Out Four Teeth to Evade Military Obligation

  20 September 2010

Pulling out one's own teeth is considered one of the most gruesome and painful acts one can do onto oneself. In South Korea, where military service is mandatory, an allegation that a Korean singer had pulled out at least four healthy teeth in order to avoid conscription has dominated the headlines for several weeks now.

South Africa: Thou Shall Not Burn the Bible

  20 September 2010

A South African businessman and law student Mohammed Vawda planned to burn the Bible on September 11, 2010 in Johannersburg central business district. He claims that he was enraged by pastor Terry Jones who wanted to burn the Koran in the United States of America. The South African High Court stopped Mohammed from setting the Bible on fire arguing that the act was an insult to all religions. The ruling has receive mixed reactions from bloggers.

Sao Tome & Principe: Reflections of a Foreign Teacher

  20 September 2010

Raphaela Nazaré reflects about her experience as a Brazilian teacher in Sao Tome and Principe. She says that although the students are more disciplined than what she had seen in Brazil, the ferule is still a practice in Saotomean schools. Raphaela wonders if “this type of educational regime is valid...

St. Vincent & the Grenadines: Quality Control

  20 September 2010

“Where is our truth regulator? Where is the person or the persons concerned with demanding the maintenance of some standard of quality among our leaders?”: Discuss SVG is seriously considering not voting.

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