The earthquake that hit Chile has resulted in hundreds of deaths and infrastructure damage throughout the country. Tsunami warnings spread across the Pacific, as far away as Japan and Alaska. Read how blogs and social media have been assessing the impact of the quake around the world.
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Greece is continuing its struggle against debt that is threatening the entire eurozone economy. U.S. and European stocks fell amid concern that Greece will not be able to meet its budget deficit targets. We offer a wrap-up of online commentary.
The Japanese government is moving ahead with plans to improve relations with the Ainu people, the country's indigenous inhabitants. Mostly living in the northern island of Hokkaido, Ainu are believed to descend from people who lived in Japan as early as 13,000 years ago. Harry Fawcett of Al Jazeera English has more, and bloggers offer their perspectives.
Prior to taking office, Barack Obama spoke of the need for a new approach to U.S.-Cuba relations and a sea change from the past. Last April, the Obama administration lifted a few restrictions on Cuban-Americans, including some on travel and on sending money back to Cuba. However, the 47-year-old embargo remain intact. Read what Cuban bloggers are saying.
Comments about President Obama by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid during the 2008 campaign have sparked racial debate in the U.S. and abroad. Racial discrimination is not unique to the U.S. and exists in almost every country. We take a look at racism and discrimination against people of African origin in Iraq and Peru -- and Indians in Australia.
The world's tallest building opened for business Monday. Next to Dubai's business district stands the Burj Khalifa, whose 2,717 ft. spire reaches over 1,000 ft. higher than its closest competitor, Taipei 101. Read what bloggers around the world say about the $1.5 billion invested in the Burj Khalifa -- which opens at a time of deep economic and ecological uncertainty.
On December 4, President Arroyo imposed martial law in Maguindanao province of the southern Philippines, 10 days after a massacre that killed 57 -- 31 of whom were journalists. The Arroyo administration claims martial law will subdue violence by the Ampatuan warlord clan suspected of carrying out the attack. Read more from Filipino blogs and news sites.
Tokyo's neighborhoods straddle the edge between the need for modern development and the desire to maintain its historical buildings and structures. Chis Salzberg, a writer/translator living in Tokyo, Japan discusses the reaction to the recent development plan for the neighborhood of Shimokitazawa for Global Voices Online.