5 December 2010

Stories from 5 December 2010

Chile: Students Protest Reduction of Hours for Social Sciences

  5 December 2010

A decision by Education authorities to reduce class hours devoted to Social Science subjects, in order to increase hours dedicated to Mathematics and Language, ignited a debate and led to several protests. Juan Arellano was present in the capital, Santiago, during one of these protests.

Bangladesh: Grameengate And Beyond

  5 December 2010

The hottest topic in Bangladesh now is the allegation against Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus of diverting foreign aid from Grameen Bank to another sister company called Grameen Kalyan. An investigative documentary was aired in a Norwegian Television and local media jumped on this story. The bloggers are divided on this issue.

Iran:Iranians vs. US Navy

  5 December 2010

BlogPost writes “Iranians have taken to Facebook to show their displeasure, writing messages of support for “Persian Gulf” on the U.S. Navy's Facebook page. All day, messages such as: “It's not A.R.A.B.I.A.N gulf. It was PERSIAN gulf.”

India, Pakistan: The Cyber War Continues

  5 December 2010

“On Friday, the Pakistan Cyber Army hacked the Indian CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) website” and the Pakistani “OGRA (Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority) website was hacked yesterday by the Indian cyber army, reports Chowrangi.

Iran: Bloggers discuss Wikileaks documents

  5 December 2010

The Wikleaks Cablegate documents exposed shady ties between Iran and Afghanistan; inside information about the Iranian regime and opposition; and fear in the Arab region of Iran's nuclear policy. Iranian bloggers reacted to these revelations, sometimes with irony, sometimes with conspiracy theories in mind, and sometimes seriously. Natour Shahr says...

Wikileaks: 994 secret cables from Malaysia

  5 December 2010

About 994 secret cables from Kuala Lumpur are expected to be published by Wikileaks. The cable reports which were initially downloaded revealed that two Malaysia firms were mentioned as being suspected of procuring arms in behalf of Iranian entities.

Malaysia: Two Firms Mentioned in Wikileaks Documents

  5 December 2010

The recent leak of U.S. ‘diplomatic cables’ by Wikileaks implicated two Malaysian firms for allegedly being involved in ‘a network controlled by Iran to purchase missile technology from China’ but did not generate much buzz among the country’s citizens, with more attention being paid to domestic affairs

Singapore: Educamp photos

  5 December 2010

Preetam posted photos of the recently concluded Singapore EduCamp. “EduCamps are BarCamp style un-conferences where educators and people interested in education come and share their projects, ideas and findings.”

Malaysia: Police use tear gas to break protest

  5 December 2010

Police in Malaysia used tear gas and water cannons to break up an opposition-backed protest against the privatization of water management in Selangor State. More than 5,000 people participated in the rally.

Thailand: #hismajesty hashtag

  5 December 2010

Thai netizens have been using the #hismajesty hashtag to greet King Bhumibol Adulyadej who is celebrating his 83rd birthday. The hashtag is now a top twitter tending topic.

Japan: Confusion and speculations on the North Korean incident

  5 December 2010

The latest attack by North Korea on South Korea has put Japan on the alert. Is it the beginning of a war? Will it be Japan's turn next time? Or is it just a ‘beat-up' created by both conservative and alarmist media alike? People in Japan are alarmed but don't know what to think.

Japan: Watching Wikileaks

  5 December 2010

Wikileaks Watch Japan sums up and translates in Japanese Wikileaks’ major findings. The blog was started this month and is updated daily by user fryingpan.

South Korea: Spa mogul reaches out to Yeonpyeong Refugees

  5 December 2010

After an artillery attack by North Korea on a populated South Korean island which killed four people and turned the island into a ghost town, offers of help for the desperate islanders have come pouring in. About 800 refugees are staying in one of finest spa facilities, thanks to the generosity of its owner.

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