Stories from 9 February 2011
South Korea: Backlash After '30 Minute’ Pizza Delivery Death
A popular Domino's Pizza marketing strategy promising pizza delivery within 30 minutes of an order has met with a public backlash in South Korea, following the deaths of several young delivery personnel.
Côte d'Ivoire: Did Alassane Ouatarra Really Win?
On his blog, Allain Jules [fr] reacts to fakegbagbo’s analysis [en] of the results of the presidential elections in Côte d'Ivoire.
S.Korean net users mourn over the death of a struggling movie writer
South Korean net users commemorated the death of Choi Go-eun, a movie writer who died from chronic disease after battling with the poverty and huger with earning less than minimum wage, around 600 USD a year. The Federation of Movie Worker’s Union defined her death[ko] a ‘social murder’ and criticized...
Sri Lanka: Floods Causing Havoc In Badulla
P.B. Gowthamam reports about the devastating effects of floods on many parts of Badulla in Sri Lanka. The blogger also post pictures of the devastations.
Nepal: Parliament Finally Elects A Prime Minister
After months of infighting, bickering and a record setting 17 attempts, Nepal finally has elected a Prime Minister. Jhala Nath Khanal, leader of the Communist Party of Nepal (UML), was sworn in on Sunday, at a ceremony in capital Kathmandu.
Gabon: Protests Stifled as Official and ‘Unofficial’ Governments Face Off
Following protests last week, tensions remain high in the West African nation of Gabon, as further demonstrations are now stifled by the authorities before they can take place. The country's official government has been accused of election fraud by an 'unofficial' opposition government.
China: Fight against kidnapping via microblogging
C. Custer from China Geeks blogs about the recent effort by micro-bloggers to help tracking down missing children by taking photo of children beggars. The blogger also translates Southern Metropolis‘s interview with Yu Jianrong, the mastermind of the citizen action.
Taiwan: Women's role in free and open source software movement
WoFOSS (Women in Free and Open Source Software in Taiwan) is a community of females in free and open software development and movement. Traditionally, in the field of information/engineering, men are always in charge, however, for many years, women have been stepping in from various directions, including developers, promoters, or...
China: January 2011 censorship instruction from Chinese authorities
China Digital Times has translated the latest instruction issued by various authorities to media outlets. The censor machine claims that it would shut down websites which are lax in monitoring news concerning Egypt.
Russia: Artyom Charukhin's Truth-Telling Case
The Power Vertical reports on the case of a Moscow police officer who admitted in a courtroom that he had forged a police report on the arrest of opposition activist Ilya Yashin.
Russia: Guardian's Luke Harding Expelled From Russia
Julia Ioffe, Sean Guillory and Anatoly Karlin write about the expulsion of Guardian's Moscow correspondent Luke Harding from Russia.
Russia: Doku Umarov's Belated Statement on Domodedovo
In Moscow's Shadows analyzes Doku Umarov's belated statement, in which he claimed responsibility for the Jan. 24 Domodedovo Airport suicide attack.
Japan: Giving a face to the Egyptian voices
Japanese independent magazine Web D!ce dedicated a post to show the faces and the messages of the Egyptian people that Japanese TV and newspapers don't include in their coverage. More than 50 photos were collected from several Flickr users.
Japan: Little girl explains the situation in Egypt
At the Youtube Channel Nina in Japan, an elementary-school girl explains [en] the situation in Egypt from her young point of view.