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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Around The Blogosphere 21 February 09

Annie Paul blogs about the recent radio ban on certain songs imposed in Jamaica by the Broadcasting Commission.

Oscar Ramjeet writes in Caribbean Net News "The Jamaica Council of Churches (JCC) is calling for a ban to be placed on street and community dances which perpetuate the playing of sexually crude and explicit songs...Heated debate started two weeks ago following the Broadcasting Commission's decision to ban lewd and explicit songs from radio stations.

The umbrella church organisation also called on the police to exercise a zero tolerance approach towards both public and private vehicles with heavily tinted windows that play vulgar music, claiming that this is contributing to the general degradation of morals in society."

Related: Marcia Forbes, Language and lyrics - the rampin' debate

The death of anyone close to you is painful, but how do you cope with it if that person has actively sought death? Gazan blogger Samaher Al Khazandar has written about her nephew, Mu’min Musa Al Khazandar, who joined the military wing of Hamas, and was determined to die as a martyr while fighting for Palestine. More from Ayesha Saldanha.

If you're looking for a place with some perspectives (generally more from the left side of the spectrum) on the Middle East and U.S. policy in the region, you should add the Israel Policy Forum's new blog to your list of bookmarks. In its first two weeks, the Mideast Peace Pulse has offered thoughts from former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Edward Walker and former Middle East peace negotiator Aaron David Miller, among others.

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 cyberspace.

Via the NYT City Room: A Burger Joint Marks Hip-Hop’s Legacy...

Good News from Indonesia posts a picture of a weird durian fruit from the wild rain forest of Borneo.

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