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22 December 2010

Stories from 22 December 2010

Macedonia: Scholarships for African Students

Ivana Dimitrovska published online her letter [MKD] to the editor of Utrinski vesnik daily, objecting discriminatory overtones in an article [MKD] about several scholarships for African students provided by the...

India: Travel tales from Ooty

Blogger and travel writer Charukesi visited Ooty recently and tells a tale of a not-much widely-known Ootea festival through her camera lenses.

India: Judging a Book by its Cover

Chandrachoodan Gopalakrishnan of Selective Amnesia wonders why different books often have very similar looking jackets.

Bhutan: Memories of Kolkata

Dorji Wangchuk from Bhutan visits Kolkata with a sense of nostalgic anticipation since he had first visited the city in 1977 with his father.

Pakistan: Being Smart About the Blasphemy Law

Teeth Maestro feels that Pakistan needs to be smart about its Blasphemy Law and that what is required now is to improve the law and, more so, to make its...

Sudan: Happy holidays and a peaceful referendum

Here's a roundup of latest blog posts about Southern Sudan Independence Referendum 2011. According to the 2005 Naivasha Agreement between the central government in Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation...

Colombia: During a Harsh Winter, President Santos Proposes Creation of New Cities

“President Juan Manuel Santos proposes the creation of new cities for that population that lives under risk, as we have seen this 2010 winter in Colombia. It is a great...

Haiti: Post-Election Update

“Two weeks after the preliminary results were announced, the streets of Port-au-Prince are calm, but the situation is just as confusing and worrying”: prophet N gives an update.

Uruguay: Gay Rights in Uruguay

In the blog for Ola Uruguay, Jane McDevitt writes about Gay rights in Uruguay: “The current president’s much publicised liberal political ideology is being put to the test, as pressure...

Cuba: “The Year of Zapata”

Uncommon Sense has declared 2010 “The Year of Zapata”. Read the blogger's full Top 10 List of Cubans who made a difference this year, here.

Bermuda: Government Inspiration?

Vexed Bermoothes suspects that the government has sent him an inspirational postcard, saying: “Sending a post card won’t change the tone of Bermuda politics, halt the gang warfare, and or...

China: Gold farming couple handed down heavy sentence

The verdict this month of a fine of USD 450,000 and several years in prison for one couple who ran a gold farm throughout 2007 has left those following the...

Haiti: Behind Cholera

“Cholera is a disease of the poor, of the disenfranchised. Poor people in poor countries. Cholera thrives where there is no clean water, where there is inadequate sanitation, where there...

Russia: Newspaper Announces Its Partnership with Wikileaks

Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta known for its critical stance toward Russian authorities announced today its official partnership with notorious Wikileaks. This came as a punch toward less-known magazine Russian Reporter...

Azerbaijan: Let them eat cake…

As the birthday of the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, approaches, the Önər Blog [AZ] reminds readers of how residents in the country's second largest city of Ganja marked it...

UAE: Sensational Fountains

Do not miss the sensational fountains of Dubai which bristolg shared with us in the following video.

Yemen: Idyllic Perspectives

kemo898989 shares with us a completely different perspective of an idyllic Yemen in the following slideshow.

Egypt: Sacred Sinai Peninsula

The following narrative on the Sinai Peninsula by Nick still exhibits people's eternal interest and curiosity in sacred places.

Saudi Arabia: Tips for Expatriates

American Bedu, an American living in Saudi Arabia, shares with us her tips on what makes a good expatriate in Saudi Arabia.

Bahrain: A Bloody Ashura!

chowderchunk shares with us a video of bloody Ashura processions in Bahrain. [Warning: Video contains graphic images.]

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