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9 May 2011

Stories from 9 May 2011

Video: Budding Young Scientists in India, Singapore and South Africa

The Google Science Fair project semi finalist listings are up. Although it was open to teens between 13 and 18 years from all over the world, it is interesting to...

Nepal: The Start Of A Facebook Revolution?

Pradeep Kumar Singh posts pictures and news of the recent Facebook campaign titled “Show up. Stand up. Speak up. Else, shut up”. Around 400 Nepali youth showed up at Maitighar...

India, Bangladesh: Is Rabindranath Tagore relevant today?

Is Rabindranath Tagore still relevant in present day Bengal? Anirban at Its A Miracle tries to answer that question.

Bangladesh: The Complicated Issue Of Fatwa

Although Fatwa has been declared unconstitutional in Bangladesh by the High Court, misuse of fatwa is being continued by a section of village elders. Adnan M L Karim at Law...

Bangladesh: The Cradle Of Buddhism

Bangladesh Unlocked analyzes history to deduct that the land of the present day Bangladesh was probably the cradle of Buddhism.

Pakistan: Bin Laden's Death Transforms Local Coffee House

Sasa Milosevic reports on how the death of Osama Bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan, has transformed a local coffee house into a unique press center and a vibrant online hub.

Russia: A Third of Russian Internet Users Enjoy Broadband Internet Access

Almost 18 million of Russians now browse the Web using broadband connection, Rumetrika.ru reported. It is 34 percent of all Russia's Internet users.

Brazil: Internet Users Commemorate Legal Recognition of Gay Civil Unions

On Thursday, Brazil's Supreme Court recognized civil unions for same-sex couples. The historic decision, which brings an end to the legal discrimination of homosexuals, dominated conversations both virtual and otherwise.

Russia Opens Its First “Creative Commons” Portal

Russian Institute of the Information Society created “Creative Commons Russia,” the first Internet portal in the country working under Creative Commons licenses, Russian collaborative blog Habrahabr.ru reported.

Russia: “United Russia” Party Targets Social Networks

Pro-government party “United Russia” plans to increase its presence on social networks, popular newspaper Kommersant reported. The party will create a separate group responsible for working with potential voters on...

Russia: Video Shows Journalist Being Beaten in Khimki Forest

LJ user Oleg Kozyrev posted a video showing journalist Yuri Samsonov being beaten by a private  security service employee in Kimki forest.

Cuba: Bloggers, Period

Elaine Díaz reflects on how Cuban bloggers have been artificially divided [es] into two bands: the “pro-government” and the “mercenaries,” erasing the plurality of this small, yet vibrant, blogosphere.

China: Ai Weiwei's Chat with Public Opinion Channeler

China Media Project has translated a portion of Ai Weiwei's interview with a public opinion channeler or the so-called member of 50 Cent Party which was conducted back in March...

Asian-African Economic Cooperation

Johan Lagerkvist posted his research paper on “The strategic presence of China, Japan and Korea in sub-Saharan Africa” in China Roader.

Russia: Bloggers React With Cynicism to Bin Laden's Death

The death of Osama Bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan, on May 2, 2011, has provoked condemnation and talk of conspiracy theories among Russian bloggers. Quickly becoming one of the hottest...

Bahamas: Education Failure

Weblog Bahamas‘ Rick Lowe thinks “it's time for the teachers and administrators of the public school system to stand up and be counted for the failure of the educational system.”

Cuba: Activities Against Homophobia

Blogger and journalist Francisco Rodríguez Cruz discusses [es] the history of, and his participation in, the Cuban Symposium against Homophobia [es], which celebrates it fourth edition this May with events...

St. Lucia: Views on Bin Laden's Death

Regional bloggers weigh in on different aspects of the death of Osama Bin Laden. Tattoo considers the “moral dimensions to Obama's actions”, while Lullabies, Fairy Tales and Other Self-Delusions suggests...

Trinidad & Tobago: R.I.P. Allyson

Bloggers pay their respects to the late television presenter Allyson Hennessy, with B.C. Pires saying: “There’s no up side to the passing of someone as committed to her Trinidad and...

Cuba: Role of Police in Dissident's Death

Generation Y says of the death of dissident Juan Wilfredo Soto: “I don’t know how the authorities of my country are going to explain it, but I doubt, this time,...

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