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Africa: Journalists Blogging From Africa

Fri, 02/20/2009 - 12:26pm

Take at blogs written by journalist blogging from Africa. The list is compiled by Scarlett Lion, “I'd like to make a sort of ongoing list of foreign correspondents in Africa who blog. Feel free to add to the list in the comments section and eventually I'll put out a revised full list, complete with your suggestions.”

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Guadeloupe: Local media under pressure

Fri, 02/20/2009 - 11:03am

Guadeloupean CaribCreoleOne is the first blogger to talk about the political pressure put on Guadeloupean media RCI and Canal 10. Some journalists even seem to have been summoned by the Local service of the Judiciary Police [Fr].

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Guadeloupe: Where is it exactly?

Fri, 02/20/2009 - 11:00am

French West Indian blogger Fwiyapin questions the way in which traditional French media are dealing with the Guadeloupean crisis - images of Guadeloupe and Madagascar mixed up on ITélé, or Guadeloupe suddenly being located in the Asia-Pacific column, in

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Guadeloupe, Corsica: Same situation? Same claims?

Fri, 02/20/2009 - 10:55am

Martinican blogde[moi] ponders on the possible extension of the French West Indian conflict to the French island of Corsica, following the analysis of a Corsican blogger.

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Trinidad & Tobago, U.S.A.: Change? Really?

Fri, 02/20/2009 - 10:53am

“He has taken several steps back from the openness he once showed, the willingness to talk to anyone without preconditions. He proposes to send 17,000 more troops into Afghanistan…dampening down one war only to refuel another”: Notes from Port of Spain is “still cynical about Barack Obama.”

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Barbados: Hotel Construction Stopped

Fri, 02/20/2009 - 10:49am

Barbados Free Press and Gallimaufry report that construction has stopped on the Four Seasons Hotel project, which does not auger well for the island's economy.

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Bahamas: Say “No” to Violence vs. Women

Fri, 02/20/2009 - 10:44am

“One in three women on this side of the world will experience violence in her lifetime”: Womanish Words says that the woman’s right to live a life free of violence will only become important to the Bahamian government “when we demand it.”

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Cuba: Women in Jazz

Fri, 02/20/2009 - 10:37am

Havana Times focuses on the contribution of women to Cuban jazz.

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Bermuda: Budget Day

Fri, 02/20/2009 - 10:33am

Vexed Bermoothes has been following the Bermuda's budget presentation and says: “It doesn’t seem so far to be a change from ‘business as usual'”.

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Jamaica: The Power of Words

Fri, 02/20/2009 - 10:29am

“Everybody who has felt the need to prove their Jamaican-ness has said it: gays and lesbians ought to be expelled from the national body…”: Long Bench has had enough of that kind of talk, saying, “maybe we are ready to start acting like we live in a democracy, where every single one of us is responsible for creating and defending a society where ALL of us can live and fully exist, regardless of what we think of each other’s views.”

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Paraguay: Mistake During Her Time as Nanny

Fri, 02/20/2009 - 10:12am

L.M. shares her story with Somos Paraguayos [es] about her mistake of stealing from the family she had been working for as a nanny in Miami and the lessons she learned.

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Armenia: Remembering the Budapest Murder

Fri, 02/20/2009 - 10:11am

Yesterday marked the fifth anniversary of the murder of 26-year old Gurgen Margarian, an Armenian officer attending a NATO Partnership for Peace program in Budapest, Hungary. Killed in his sleep with an axe wielded by his Azerbaijani counterpart, Ramil Safarov, some Armenian bloggers made special posts to commemorate the day.

A slideshow of the February 19, 2009 commemoration in Yerevan, Armenia

Considered a hero by many in Azerbaijan because of the bitter war over the disputed region of Nagorno Karabakh, many Armenians instead argue that Safarov's act proves the two peoples can never live side by side again. Posting a commemorative banner with Margarian’s face, reflects on the incident.

Any time I see this face I shudder. I shudder to realize the fact that this guy was murdered in such brutality and by a cold-blooded animal.

One wants to speak out, to say how one feels, but the words are really not enough….


517 Design [RU] posts photographs from the official commemoration held in Yerevan and comments on attempts by some Azeris to turn the killer into a hero.

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Today Ramil Safarov sits in life-term in Budapest…. In his homeland, he has successfully made himself to the rank of a national hero for having killed an Armenian. A search of “Ramil Safarov” brings a huge number of [Azerbaijani] sites and YouTube videos calling for [Safarov’s] release or repatriation to [Azerbaijan’s capital] Baku, where he would naturally be immediately set free [….]

Although some prominent Azeris spoke out against attempts to glorify Safarov, and while the authorities in Baku did disperse and prevent small rallies in his support, Kevork quotes from some of those who didn't.

[…] A drafted soldier or a committed volunteer fighter is different from an insane “patriot”, who [Azerbaijan officer Ramil Safarov] makes his way to Budapest, to find the Tesco supermarket for one reason only: “I feel sorry that I haven’t killed any Armenian” and put as simple as: “The only motivation for me for fight against Armenians and to kill as many as possible in the fight”.

[…] such people as the ones responcible for Human Rights issues from safarov's home republic declare : “r. safarov must become an example of patriotism for the Azerbaijani youth.” Elmira Suleymanova, the Ombudswoman of Azerbaijan.

[…] Let alone interesting literary characters such as Agshin Mehdiyev, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Azerbaijan to the Council of Europe with his wise advise to the infidel Armenians, the guy: “does not advise Armenians to sleep safely until the Karabakh conflict is settled. Incidents like in Budapest cannot be ruled out.”

I am not sure that every single person from Azerbaijan could or would do the same and I am also not sure it is impossible to find someone in Armenia who would do so too. What I want to be sure about is that the society in the neighboring state does not accept this rotten food of the state-run policy of kill them, because then you get … I dont really know what exactly they get. […]

Rest in peace, Gurgen.

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Costa Rica: The Budget for 4 Public Universities Cut

Fri, 02/20/2009 - 10:06am

Costa Rican president Oscar Arias recently cut the budget for four public universities and La Foto Salio Movida [es] writes that this will affect scholarships and infrastructure.

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Serbia: Protect the Children of Drug Addicts

Fri, 02/20/2009 - 8:42am

Jelena's ex-husband, a drug addict, comes to her home and threatens her child. Jelena divorced him, two years ago. The court ordered that he can see the child, because this can help his therapy to stop drug addiction, and yet he never paid any child support and has become a threat to Jelena and her child.

Jelena talked to the class of Serbian Web Journalism School. Her talk was part of a Facebook activism lecture. Students made a Cause Page on Facebook to promote this and similar cases. More than 250 individuals joined the Cause Page. Dragana Bankovi?, Goran Necin and Dragan Miloševi? published stories about what happened to Jelena and her family in an effort to spread the word about the case. They wrote (SRB):

A drug-addict in Serbia can threaten his child’s life during court-ordered child visitation privileges. This story is for those who are worrying about established laws. Or for those who should be worrying.

This is the story about government institutions which don’t seem to be able – or willing – to protect a mother and child from a dangerous drug addict. Without any intention to prejudge the authorities, by writing this text we only want to draw the public’s attention to this issue.

Jelena is the mother of a four-year-old child. After three years of marriage, she divorced from her husband - a drug addict. She divorced because of his addiction and pathological behavior. Then she moved far away, in order to start new life, and eventually found a new man. Thereupon the problems started. The ex-husband is not satisfied with the fact that he can see his child only once in two weeks during the weekend. He comes to their door under the influence of drugs and alcohol, making verbal threats, and even banging on the doors and windows with hooligans. All that Jelena, her new husband and her child hear from official departments is that their peace and security is not their concern.

From Clause 173 of Procedural Law, Chapter 11, about submissions and reports: “The obligation of the court of law is to protect his reputation and reputation of clients and other participants from insults, threats and any other attack”. The court of law must do their jobs… and police should do their jobs too!

This family bought a small house and orchard in the rural outskirts south of Belgrade. In the remote location, they are alone and vulnerable to attack (and the Belgrade Court told Jelena they cannot authorize her to legally purchase a firearm until the issue with her ex-husband is resolved!)

How can we help?
Time is critical for Jelena and her young son. If you do it, then do it for real. If we want to help, the ideas have to be materialized: mother and her child must have adequate help. In this case that means protection.

The best help is when it is on time and totally. The answer to the question “When” is the same for you and court of law and police and social work institutions. The answer is NOW.

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Pakistan: Caste System Still Alive

Fri, 02/20/2009 - 8:30am

Raza Rumi at Jahane Rumi comments on casteism in Pakistan: “I live in a society where branding and group labels are essential, if not unavoidable. For this reason I am peeved that I still don’t know who I am.”

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Sri Lanka: Web Discussions On Humanitarian Crisis

Fri, 02/20/2009 - 7:02am

ICT for Peacebuilding (ICT4Peace) rounds up the latest web discussions centered around the post of Sri Lankan blogger Michael Robert at GroundViews - ‘Dilemmas at War's End: Thoughts On Hard Realities‘.

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India: WordCamp

Fri, 02/20/2009 - 6:39am

Delhi Bloggers Bloc is organizing the first WordCamp in India from 21st - 23rd February, 2009. Matt Mullenweg, the founder of WordPress will be present there. You can follow the live twitter feeds of WordCamp India.

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Japan: Internet paranoia

Fri, 02/20/2009 - 6:00am

Neojaponisme has an article discussing the recent legal prosecution of 18 internet users for making false accusations towards a comedian. The blogger points out that in reporting the case, mainstream media has indulged in willfully-ignorant paranoia about the cyberspace.

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China: Expectations of Xinjiang people

Fri, 02/20/2009 - 5:15am

An article now popular in Chinese cyberspace depicts the sufferings and expectations of the people in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. The post suggests that “all the friends across the country” owe an apology and a big “Thank you” to the Xinjiang people [zh].

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China: Riding on Chairman's head

Fri, 02/20/2009 - 1:30am

On Feb19?a set of pictures that shows a girl riding on the head of Chairman Mao was circulated around the internet. Of course, what she rides is just a statue erected on the plaza in Hunan, Mao's hometown. However, the story with the pictures immediately secured the headline position in various portal websites; in particular, over 50000 comments were left after the story in Netease.


Maomania is not waning away. Though books and researches today more clearly reveal to Chinese his mistakes that results in millions of death during the Great Leap Forward, and critiques float not rarely on the internet, Mao has still a solid support among Chinese. Recently, as Russia sank a Chinese ship and Philippine claims sovereignty over islands at south sea, people grow more reminiscent of Mao's iron-hand foreign policies.

In Netease' reply page of this news story, the single comment that is bumped to the top by 27000 times is a curse from a Qingdao netizen


Look at those people, just the goddamn bumpkins. Ill-bred.

Someone from Jiangsu said:


So uneducated!

Interestingly, this comment takes a leading position too:


Click support/bump if you wanna have sex with her, click “oppose” if not.

Support[17322] Oppose[8823]

However, when we proceed to another popular site, Tianya, which is famous for its agitated atmosphere, and powerful “flesh search engine”, more moderate voices, nonetheless, are frequently heard.

????? thinks people are overacting:

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F**k, why so big a deal? Just a picture with a girl riding on a stone. Mao brought us new life? It is not better than before. At least we could still organize something like labor union and parties before, but are we allowed to do so now?

An intense debate was then kicked off.

???cici thinks we don't have to be so harsh to Chairman Mao


Mao is our founding father!
Even though he might have done something wrong, you don't have to be so harsh!

wo??? rebuked:


Come on, why attacking the girl? It is nothing but a piece of stone, isn't it?
The Communist party itself has ruined and burned numerous statues of Chinese historic heroes.

???????? followed, comparing Mao to Saddam:



A founding father? What has he founded? A country of corruption, dictatorship and careless treatment of people?
A war criminal he is. Someday it will be just like the statues of Saddam toppled down in Iraq.

However,baino5 appealed people to show respect to a past leader:


Whatever complaints you may bear against the government and the country, it has nothing to do with the incident. Along your line of argument, the bone ash of your father is nothing but soil, so that I can pee on it?

Several people agree with the point, saying a grave is not to be for fun.
But qwerty_a ridicules the point, thinking that putting statues for public memory is another matter.


Ha, so you put your family cemetery at the center of the plaza?

Finally,???? speaks boldly:



He rides on millions of people for his entire life.
Why can't people ride on him for a while?

Translator: If you are interested to know more about Mao and his legacy, I recommend you to visit Utopian world, the political and cultural base of modern leftism in China, which has numerous articles advocating Mao's thought and ideals.

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