Stories from 26 September 2010
Armenia: LGBT round table
Pink Armenia reports on a round table on the LGBT community held in Yerevan, the Armenian capital, last week. The blog says that although government ministries accepted invitations to attend, none did.
Brazil: Mainstream media flaw on Senator's life condition
The politician Romeu Tuma [pt], a candidate for reelection in the Brazilian Senate, was wrongly announced dead by national mainstream media on September 24, “despite the fact he's alive, although, at the hospital”, as Pierre Lucena from blog Acerto de Contas [Getting even, pt] comments.
Nepal: Mysterious Fires In The Himalayan Mountains
Nepalese blogger ABC questions whether the recent wildfires in the Himalayan Mountains originated because of human negligence or natural causes.
Pakistan: Kashmir Needs World's Attention
Pakistani blogger Fatima thinks that Pakistan has not done enough to free Kashmiris from Indian occupation, “allowing them to live in accordance to their will”.
Japan: “Our Park” a documentary about Tokyo's Nike Miyashita Park
Directors Emil Langballe and Maria Samoto le Dous produced a documentary titled Our Park [en] about Tokyo's Miyashita Park [en], which is also called Nike Park [en] after sportswear multinational Nike bought its naming rights in 2008. The film focuses on the group of artists and activists who have been...
D.R. of Congo: Okapi Radio, Winner of “Free Media Pioneer” Awards
The International Press Insitute (IPI) has granted Okapi Radio, the UN Radio in D.R. of Congo, with a "Free Media Pioneer" Award. The radio has been broadcasting since February 2002 to contribute to the peace-building process in DRC.
Saudi Arabia: Licence to Blog!
Saudi Arabia first announced plans to have all web publishers and online media, including blogs and forums, to be registered with the government. The following day, it backed down following a storm of protests, saying that only electronic newspapers were expected to register. Saudi netizens have their say.
Azerbaijan: Journalists to visit Sweden ahead of November vote
Gulara Azimzadeh's blog reports that seven journalists from Azerbaijan will visit Stockholm to see how the media covered the 2010 elections in Sweden. The journalists were selected after a competition held by the Azerbaijan Media Center as the country prepares for its own parliamentary vote this November and recounts the...
Israel: Are Peace Activists Harassed by Palestinian Men Being Silenced?
Israeli human rights activists, who regularly join Palestinian demonstrators in Bil'iin and Sheikh Jarrah, are recently blamed for ignoring and even silencing an allegedly common phenomenon of sexual harassment of women activists by fellow Palestinian demonstrators.
Lebanon: March to Save Beirut’s Architectural Heritage
“Beirut used to be a city of gorgeous mansions and gardens and now it has become a boring heap of high-rises and construction projects,” said Yvonne Sursock Cochrane, 88, founder of the Association for Protecting Natural Sites and Old Buildings in Lebanon. Around 150 Lebanese men and women marched late...
Bangladesh: Income Tax Fair
Bauani informs that the tax authority in Bangladesh is arranging a tax fair (26-30 September, 2010) to increase awareness about Income Tax issues among the people of Bangladesh and provide more information to them.
India: Tips For Eating At An Indian Buffet
Anirban takes a hilarious look at the proper way to eat at an Indian buffet.