2 April 2011

Stories from 2 April 2011

India: Celebrating The Cricket World Cup Win

  2 April 2011

At the midnight of 2nd/3rd April 2011 many Indians are out on the streets of all the cities, towns and villages celebrating their team's winning of the Cricket World Cup 2011. Jaya Jha at Miles to go notices that the things that bring people together are mostly not the ones...

Pakistan: Resettling The Flood Affected

  2 April 2011

Chapati Mystery introduces the ‘Resettling the Indus’ project, which is an initiative of professionals from Pakistan dedicated to resettle the victims of last years devastating floods.

Bhutan: Memories Of Bangladesh

  2 April 2011

Dorji Wangchuk accompanied His Majesty the King of Bhutan on a tour to Bangladesh to attend its 40th Independence celebrations. The blogger shares his impressions on Bangladesh and the Bangladeshis.

Slovakia: The Roma People, “Livin’ On the Edge”

Tibor Blazko writes about the problems that Slovakia's Roma people are facing and translates some of the Slovak netizens' reactions to the news that an international NGO is planning to file a complaint with the European Commission regarding the country's failure to remove all forms of racial discrimination.

Sri Lanka: News Editor of Lankaenews Arrested

  2 April 2011

Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka reports that Benett Rupasinghe, a senior Sri Lankan journalist and the News Editor of Lankaenews website, has been arrested on the 31st of March by Sri Lankan police. The office of the Lankaenews was burnt down last month by an “unknown group” of people.

Southeast Asia: Media Says Sorry Over ‘Insensitive’ Japan Posts

  2 April 2011

Singapore’s MediaCorp, Thailand’s The Nation, and Malaysia’s Berita Harian – all belonging to mainstream media in their respective countries – were forced to apologize to the public for publishing ‘insensitive’ articles about the Japan earthquake/tsunami disaster. Bloggers react

Japan: Plutonium, Our Reliable Friend

  2 April 2011

Professor Yuji Ankei posted on Youtube a rare version of the animated video called Mr. Pluto, our reliable friend – Story of plutonium (頼れる仲間プルト君——プルトニウム物語). The video, that was later withdrawn, was made in the 1990s by the Japanese Power Reactor and Nuclear Fuel Development Corporation and “tries to convince younger...

Russia-Estonia: Renaming the Bronze Soldier

LJ user jurialhaz comments on [RUS] how Estonia has renamed the Tallinn Bronze Soldier monument – the object of the 2007 bilateral dispute with Russia – into “Monument to the soldiers of the Soviet army, who occupied Tallinn on 22 September 1944.”

East Timor: Parliament to use Portuguese language

  2 April 2011

The East Timor Parliament announced that it will use the Portuguese language in plenary sessions at least once a month. A blogger reacts: “It would be like the Australian or United States or English legislatures publishing new laws in Japanese.”

Japan: Machine Civilization

  2 April 2011

Pinktentacle presented [en] the latest coreographed video by World Order, the performance group led by former martial artist Genki Sudo. The video is called Machine Civilization and is a message of hope for the victims of the earthquake and tsunami. “The unprecedented disasters unfolding in Japan; earthquakes, tsunami, and nuclear...

Japan: JPRI Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund

  2 April 2011

An Italian student at the University of San Francisco produced a video [ita, en] to help the victims of the Tohoku earthquake. In the video Caterina explains how to make donations through the JPRI Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund.

Indonesian Football Mired in Controversy

  2 April 2011

There is a leadership dispute in the Indonesian football association which has disappointed football players and fans. Netizens want leaders to settle the issue and focus instead on improving the quality of games for the benefit of the public.

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