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18 February 2011

Stories from 18 February 2011

Pakistan: Two Great Online Initiatives

Kalsoom at CHUP -Changing Up Pakistan informs about two great efforts – 1) ThinkChange Pakistan, a blog that aims to track the social entrepreneurship and innovation space in Pakistan and...

Bhutan: More On Tobacco Ban

“Now smoking has become one fear and guilt -ridden expensive habit,” thus explains Penstar the impact of the tobacco ban in Bhutan.

Sri Lanka: The Future of the Tamil Struggle

Nirmanusan Balasundaram at Groundviews writes about the present state of the Tamil diaspora and how they will shape up the future of the Tamil struggle.

Pakistan: Save The Railway Before Its Too Late

Ahmed Jamal Pirzada at All Things Pakistan opines that the way to save the troubled Pakistan railway by giving up its monopoly and opening up tracks to the private sector.

India And Pakistan: Ideological Enemies?

“Are India and Pakistan ideological enemies?” asks Dr. Niaz Murtaza at Pak Tea House. Murtaza thinks that both the countries should resolve their differences maturely by dialogue, not by other...

Jordan: Societal Criticism through Humor

Participants of the hashtag #Jordanianlies are out to prove the stereotype wrong. #Jordanianlies features statements Jordanians hear that are often untrue. Thus, the hashtag uses humor to point out faults...

Azerbaijan: From Carpets to Socks

Azerbaijani carpets were last year inscribed by UNESCO on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. They also often attract the attention of bloggers.

Bahrain: Crown Prince Calls for Peace on National TV

In midst of the chaos of the shooting of protesters in the capital, Bahrain's Crown Prince Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa appeared on a live television program tonight on Bahrain...

Turks & Caicos: Now Is The Time

The tcipost is calling on “every Turks and Caicos Islander with access to the Internet [to] please use all the social networks at our disposal to demand our right to...

Jamaica: Get Up, Stand Up

“Next year…Jamaica will celebrate 50 years of being an independent nation, but unless we take Bob Marley's words to heart and emancipate ourselves from mental slavery, our jubilee will represent...

Cuba: Reina Luisa Tamayo Arrested

Uncommon Sense re-posts a report of the arrest and alleged beating of the mother of the late prisoner of conscience, Orlando Zapata Tamayo, saying: “Wednesday…is [the] one-year anniversary of [his]...

Jamaica, B.V.I.: Non-Indigenous Species

Lemurs in the Caribbean? Labrish Jamaica calls on Sir Richard Branson to do the right thing.

Jamaica: Banton Jury Deliberates

Jury deliberation in the drug trial of reggae icon Buju Banton begins today; YardFlex.com is keeping a close eye on developments.

Mexico: Activist's House Set on Fire in Ciudad Juárez

Ciudad Juárez, en la sombra del narcotráfico [es] (“Ciudad Juárez, in the shadow of drug trafficking”) reports that on February 16, Malú García Andrade's house was set on fire. Malú...

Inflation in Argentina: “It’s not inflation, it’s just a sensation”

In a post about inflation in Argentina, Simon Kofoed from argen-times writes: “Argentines all over the country are suffering the consequences of rising daily costs and are well aware that...

Bolivia: Interview with blogger Patricia Vargas (@arquitecta)

Hugo from Serbolivianoes [es] posted a video interview with blogger [es] Patricia Vargas (@arquitecta on Twitter), “one of the first bloggers and one of the most influential Twitter users in...

Venezuela: Views of Caracas from the Local Blogosphere

A huge number of texts, descriptions, stories and articles have been written about Caracas; the blogosphere also plays an important role in describing the Venezuelan capital. Laura Vidal gathers bloggers...

Jordan: Tweets for Reform

For the last several weeks, Jordanians have discussed their own government and society in Twitter under the hashtag #ReformJo. The hashtag has provided an opportunity not just to criticize Jordan's...

Ukraine: Kiev architecture in decay

Sistemny deriban writes about [RUS] the decay of prominent architectural sites in Kiev and how Ukrainian politicians ignore the issue.

Russia-Kyrgyzstan: Mount Putin on the map

Windows to Russia reports that Kyrgyzstan on 17 February decided to name a mountain peak after Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

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