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13 December 2010

Stories from 13 December 2010

Azerbaijan: Looking in from the outside

For those living in a particular country, many things can sometimes be taken for granted. But when others from outside discover it for the first time, often experiencing new colors...

Costa Rica: The History of a Village in Calypso Songs

Walter "Gavitt" Ferguson, said to be the last remaining Calypsonian, has become the memory keeper of Cahuita in Costa Rica's Caribbean south. He sings about his life and the history...

Azerbaijan: Adnan and Emin are back… and say thank you

In Mutatione Fortitudo posts the first YouTube video by Adnan Hajizade and Emin Milli since their release. In the video, the two video blogging youth activists in Azerbaijan say thank...

Sri Lanka: Tamil Version Of The National Anthem Scrapped

Raja Basu at Potpourri informs that “the Sri Lankan government has scrapped the Tamil version of the island nation’s national anthem – ‘Sri Lanka Matha'”.

Maldives: The Political Stunt Backfired

Hassan Ziayu describes the unfortunate course of events that followed the resignation of the whole cabinet of Maldives at the same time on 29th of June, 2010.

Russia: Google Launches Search of Russian Blogs

Google launches, Russian-language blog search service. One of it's functions – to display the most discussed news of the Russian blogosphere. Almost a year ago,, Russia's most popular search...

Russia: A New Initiative to Release of Mikhail Khodorkovsky

Few days before the court will announce its verdict on the second trial of oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a new online initiative suggests to promise president Medvedev electoral support in exchange of...

South Africa: Media pluralism is bigger priority than press ownership

Guy Berger maintains that Pluralism is a bigger priority than press ownership: “There's renewed focus on newspaper ownership by the ANC, even as the ruling party is becoming less hardline...

South Africa: Wikileaks lessons for South Africa's Secrecy Bill

WikiLeaks lessons for South Africa as the South African Parliament considers passing the draconian Protection of Information Bill (POIB): “Governments which mire themselves in secrecy can quickly become enemies to...

Tanzania: The promising future of social media

Proches Tairo is the founder of Bongoline, a new online community for Tanzanians. I conducted an interview with him about the use of social media in Tanzania with particular reference...

Nicaragua-Costa Rica Conflict, Revisited: Part II

This is the second part of a walk-through of the Nicaraguan and Costa Rican blogospheres discussing the recent border dispute between the countries. The conflict, which started November 2nd, has...

Haiti: More Than Politics

As the wrangling continues after Haiti's controversial elections, prophet N asks: “How will these political solutions fix something that has become about so much more than politics?”

Russia: President Medvedev Argues with a Fake Lawmaker's Twitter

President Medvedev had a Twitter clash with a fake Twitter account of Alexander Khinshtein, Russian lawmaker. The clash was about Medvedev's relations with the Belorussian president Alexander Lukashenko. Surprisingly, real Khinshtein apologized...

Puerto Rico: Police Occupies the University of Puerto Rico

After the conclusion of a two day walk out organized by students, the Police has occupied the main campus of the University of Puerto Rico for the first time since...

Trinidad & Tobago, Dominica: Celebrating Christmas says that “in Trinidad, Christmas is Parang”, while Dominica Weekly blogs about seasonal celebrations in the Nature Isle.

Barbados: Recession Christmas

Cheese-on-bread! acknowledges that this Christmas “feels a bit different because, well, let's face it, we're in a recession”, and offers a few ways to “enjoy the holidays and not break...

Jamaica: Celebrated Journalist Dies

Distinguished Jamaican journalist John Maxwell has passed away; The National Gallery of Jamaica Blog pays him tribute, while Geoffrey Philp adds: “In this time of Wiki Leaks and other journalistic...

Bangladesh: The Real Crowd

Jerome at Bangladesh, Canada And Beyond explains with pictures what is meant as “crowd” in Bangladesh.

Guyana: Sun/Rain Love

Guyana-Gyal blogs beautifully about the relationship between sun and rain.

Digital historical archive Japan Air Raids

Cary Karacas and Bret Fisk [ja] run the digital historical archive Japan Air Raids. The site, available in English and Japanese, is “an ongoing project to build a digital archive...

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