Stories about Development from July, 2009
Dominica: Tourism Development?
“The issue of sustainable development has been a troublesome issue…and the Caribbean is no exception; as the pace of development has begun and in some cases has already outstripped the rate at which our valuable and fragile ecosystem can replenish itself”: Dominica Weekly advocates approaching tourism development with caution.
Cameroon: Bloggers Discuss Obama's Ghana Speech
U.S. President Barack Obama gave a speech in Ghana which could be considered as his Africa policy speech. Cameroonians at home and in the diaspora have been reacting to the words pronounced by the American leader with African roots via the blogosphere.
Bahamas: Strong Institutions
“Our whole political campaign in 2007 was an exercise in time-wasting; because I believe with all my heart that, like Africa, what The Bahamas needs is not strong men, but strong institutions”: Nicolette Bethel explains.
Obama's Ghana Speech Underwhelms
Two Congolese readers react to Obama's first-ever visit to Africa as president, each unimpressed by the speech he gave Saturday before the Ghanaian parliament.
Ghana: Bloggers React to Obama's Speech
President Barack Obama made his first visit to Sub-Saharan Africa and delivered a speech in Accra, Ghana on July 11. The speech has drawn reactions from bloggers around Africa and abroad. Here are some discussions in the blogosphere about the message he had for Africa.
Bangladesh: Through The Eyes Of Expatriates
There is a vibrant expatriate community in Bangladesh and many of them work as volunteers or are employed in numerous non-government organizations. Some of them are also blogging and are sharing their experiences and these are generally true and more authentic than what is reported by the international media about Bangladesh.
Malawi: Malawi Who Is Who
Nyirenda writes about a plan by the Malawi Government to come up with a list of professionally qualified Malawians who are based abroad to comprise a Malawi Government Publication to be known as Malawi WHO IS WHO.
Ghana: Chocolate for Obama
Does Obama like chocolate? The folks at Divine Chocolate are inviting Pres. Obama to visit and learn more about cocoa farmers in Ghana
Ghana: Ghana's democracy dividends
Edward Kutsoati discusses Ghana's democracy dividends: Last year, in the midst of the “Obama fever,” another event – by no means as historic as President Barack Obama’s election victory, but remarkable nonetheless – was shaping up in Ghana.
China: The Han/Uyghur demographic trend in Xinjiang
Sunbin looked into the Han / Uyghur demographic trend in Xinjiang to rebuke the comparison of Israel-Palestine relation with China / Han-Uyghur.
China: Uyghur Muslim Minority
A youtube video produced by Stanley Foundation on Uyghur Muslim minority in China.
Madagascar: Community radio project by Foko and Radioactive
Lova writes about a community radio project to be run by Radioactive and Foko in Madagascar.
Barbados: Making Sugar Cane King
“No one with the authority seems to want to make a definitive decision as to how to progress the sugar cane industry”: Barbados Underground is convinced that “the value is no longer in the sugar but now in the sugar cane” – especially bio fuels and bio plastics.
China: Omitting the Uyghur grievances
Will from imagethief pointed out that in order to solve the ethnic conflict, it is necessary for the Chinese government to reflect upon a national myth-making apparatus that allows no room whatsoever for the acknowledgment of Uighur grievances.
Bangladesh, India: Tipaimukh Dam And Farakka Barrage
Habib Siddiqui highlights the disastrous effect of the Farakka Barrage in India on Bangladesh and opines that if the Tipaimukh Dam is built for the hydroelectricity project, this will become another deathtrap like the Farakka Barrage.
Mexico: A New Stadium for Monterrey?
Is the new International Stadium in Monterrey, Mexico a done deal? asks Regio Blogs [es]. Even though there has not been much announcement about the construction project, there are reports that the new stadium will be inaugurated in 2011.
India: The Traits Of The Bengali
Random Thoughts Of A Demented Mind identifies some traits and culture of the Bengali population in India, which may be lost in a generation or two.
Ghana: Bloggers Discuss Business Process Outsourcing
Few know that A.T.Kearney rated Ghana as sub-Saharan Africa's number one Business Process Outsourcing destination in 2005 and, as of June 2009, the nation’s achievements in this field look set to continue. Several bloggers reported on an agreement signed in early June between two leading ICT organisations that will provide unprecedented opportunities for ICT students, create thousands of jobs, and underpin the growth of this nascent industry.
India: The New Sea Link Bridge In Mumbai
The newly opened 5.6 km Bandra-Worli Sea Link (BWSL) connects the Mumbai (Bombay) suburb Bandra with Worli on the south of the city. Dilip D'Souza at Death Ends Fun does some calculations and asks: “In what sense does this new bridge address the commuting headaches of Bombay's residents?”
Belarus: Population decreases as alcohol consumption increases
LJ user kasiner critically presents [BLR/RUS] statistics showing how Belarus’ population decreases as alcohol consumption increases.
Bhutan: Ordinary People Are Losing Homes
Passu Diary discusses how the works of the hydro-electric power project at Punatshangchhu (Punakha) River in bhutan has made an impact on the local lives. There are no homes available for rent for the low income ordinary people and the blogger urges “we want our homes back. Please don’t buy...