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9 March 2011

Stories from 9 March 2011

Bangladesh: Banning Fatwa

“Unfortunately, in Bangladesh, some people are trying their best to fetter their women further in the name of religion,” comments Jerome D'Costa at Bangladesh, Canada and Beyond on the recent...

The Forgotten Palestinian Refugees of Libya

More than 10 percent of Libya's inhabitants are immigrants and among them there are reportedly up to 70,000 Palestinian refugee settlers. As they flee violence in the country, the Palestinian...

Paraguay's Digital Divide

Juan Edgardo Lezcano [es] writes about the digital divide in Paraguay. Juan reports that there are few educational institutions focusing on information and communication technology (ICT), and that low-income citizens...

Mexico: Documentary ‘Presumed Guilty’ Back in Theaters

David Sasaki updates a thorough post on the legal actions against the documentary ‘Presumed Guilty‘: “An appellate court has ruled that the movie can again be shown in movie theaters...

Côte d’Ivoire: Abandoning the CFA?

Papa Keita [fr] wrote on the Dakar Bondy blog [fr] :” Isolated by the International community and by the Uemoa, Gbagbo continues to play tricks. His entourage is stirring up the launch...

Mexico and Afghanistan Border Conflicts Juxtaposed

Netizens are responding to several reports that juxtapose the violence in the Mexico/US border with the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan and its border with Pakistan. Though uncoordinated and apparently disparate,...

Thailand: Prime Minister Admits He is British

UK-born Thailand Prime Minister Abhisit Vejajjiva has admitted in a parliamentary session that he has not yet renounced his British citizenship. His political opposition intend to use this admission to...

Trinidad & Tobago: Carnival Results

Results from the most talked-about Carnival competitions here and here, while Lisa Allen-Agostini weighs in on show-stealing at the hotly-contested Soca Monarch contest.

Cuba: Satellite Situation

Uproar over satellite dishes in Cuba, here and here.

Japan: Plum blossoms

Photographer and blogger Buddihka Weerasinghe just published a set of pictures titled Ume (plum) blossoms. The photographs were taken in Katsuyama and capture the beginning of spring in Japan.

Trinidad & Tobago: The CL Collapse

In an attempt to make sense of the “financial fiasco” of the CL Financial collapse, Afra Raymond says: “Our House needs a serious cleaning and we need a new commitment...

Jamaica: Political Satire

Jamaica and the World posts updates on the Manatt Commission of Inquiry, while Active Voice notes that “political satire is alive and well in Jamaica”, thanks in part to the...

Guyana: Child Abuse

“When I look into the dark eyes of some chil’ren here, I see things I can’t put a name to”: Guyana-Gyal shivers at some of the things that go on...

Nigeria: Top Women in Web and Tech Entrepreneurship

To mark the International Women’s Day celebration, Loy Okezie presents remarkable and influential Nigerian women in web and tech entrepreneurship.

Yemen: Saleh “declares war on Yemen” (Videos)

Once again, Yemen's security forces have shot and killed protesters calling for the resignation of long-term leader Ali Abdullah Saleh. This time, however, the killings took place at Sanaa University,...

Taiwan: How to Get Your Facebook Back

Recently, Facebook suspended or closed many Taiwanese users’ profiles or pages, including some celebrities’, due to claimed misuse or using pseudo/nicknames. Billy Pan explains his experience in 2009 and how...

India: The Dictionary – An Obituary

“Every Bengali home had an English dictionary,” comments Anirban, but now many people use embedded dictionaries in their devices or online dictionaries instead. Is it time to say goodbye to...

India: Why We Let Someone Beat His Wife?

Domestic Violence is very much prevalent in India and husband beating wive is one of the common phenomena. Shilpadesh questions how can the other family members ignore such abuse?

Taiwan: Social Media Makes Indigenous Voices Loud and Clear

Stories about the Taiwanese indigenous population's struggle for identity, sustainability and dignity are missing from the country's public sphere, as a result of relative social and political domination by the...

Libya: Gaddafi Forces Continue to Shell Zawiya

Intense reports of tank and artillery shelling of Al Zawiya, in the north western part of Libya, are making the rounds on Twitter. Here's the latest on the battle, which...

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