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December 31, 2009
Top 10 Worldfocus Blogwatch Features of 2009

Worldfocus presents highlights from our Blogwatch section, as well as other web feature articles.

This year saw many significant events — ranging from great recession to Iran’s election protests.

Read our top 10 web articles from 2009:

UAE

Foreign workers leave Dubai en masse as economy spirals

The sprawling city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates is known for real estate, finance and trade. But now, with the slumping economy, many foreigners who worked in Dubai are being laid off and thousands are leaving.
YEMEN

Saudi Arabia and Iran fight proxy war in northern Yemen

Worldfocus contributing blogger Dwight Bashir writes about recent skirmishes between Saudi Arabia and Houthi rebels in northern Yemen. Iran accused Saudi Arabia of state-sponsored “Wahhabi terrorism” in Yemen.
MALAYSIA

Burmese refugees rounded up and sold in Malaysia

In Malaysia, some immigration officials have been accused of involvement in selling refugees from Myanmar, also known as Burma. The U.S. State Department placed Malaysia on its list of the world’s worst human trafficking offenders.
INDIA

Curvaceous cartoon banned in India for exploits

Some people in India are mourning the passing of Savita Bhabhi, a curvaceous and promiscuous cartoon porn star whose sexual adventures were recently banned by the government. Ben Piven describes Indian cultural attitudes towards sex.
IRAN

Iran’s “Twitter Revolution” – myth or reality?

Social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube have become important tools of communication as Iran has cracked down on news organizations trying to cover protests over disputed presidential election results.
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Haitians in DR face racism

Up to one million people of Haitian origin currently live in the Dominican Republic, and many are subjected to discrimination and violence, with their Dominican-born children denied citizenship.
CHINA

China reduces poverty; 60% decline in 25 years

A new World Bank report calls China’s progress in reducing poverty “enviable” and shows that the percentage of the Chinese population living below the poverty line declined from 65 percent in 1981 to 4 percent in 2007.
BRITAIN

Britain mandates sex education for young children

British schools will teach sex education to children as young as five in an effort to curb high teen pregnancy rates. Young U.K. students will receive lessons on topics such as body parts and reproduction.
ETHIOPIA

Conflict endures in Ethiopia’s ethnic Somali region
The violent, separatist conflict in southeastern Ethiopia has claimed thousands of lives over the last 15 years. Ethiopia sealed off the region to media so there is little accurate information about the conflict.
CANADA

Canada in Afghanistan’s war zone

As Canada prepares to withdraw its combat forces from Afghanistan in 2011, explore our Worldfocus time-line of Canada’s involvement in the war. And view scenes from on the ground.

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