Stories about Ideas from April, 2008
Brazil: Homicide counter on the streets
Recife is the first city in Brazil and in the world to have a homicide counter installed on the streets. Since January 1st only, there have been 1,511 deaths in the city, 11 of them today. “Now, the public can monitor our blog's data not only on the Internet but...
Barbados: False Pride?
“Tourism has become the life blood of most of the Caribbean countries and it needs to be re-energized”: Living in Barbados wonders whether the region can be proud of its tourism offering.
Mozambique: On unemployment and the government responsibility
Basilio Muhate [pt] expatiates on the high unemployment rates in Mozambique and the role government play in it. “Bureaucracy also causes many problems in the labor market, mainly because of decisions that are not consistent with reality and real economy, where public spending (government spending) is often determined by political...
Kuwait: Speeding Foreigners Unwelcome
A new traffic law which ejects foreign traffic violators from the country, is creating waves in Kuwait. While one blogger asks what the fuss is about when other countries have already implemented similar rules, another argues that the new clampdown is too strict.
Bangladesh: Motivation for Corruption
Asif Anwar at Ideas for Brighter Bangladesh opines that corruption cannot be prevented by law, rather it should be discouraged: “Corruption is motivated from the aspirations for ‘better life’. Remove the ‘better’ from ‘life’ or both, you would never be motivated.“
Haiti: Ideas on Development
Haitian blogger kiskeácity examines the concept of “measuring development as if people mattered more than places.”
Bahamas: Educational Responsibility
“Remember, everyone we can save is one less who will have an opportunity to participate in crime”: Craig Butler at Bahama Pundit says that education is a collective responsibility.
Bermuda: Drunk Driving
As more road fatalities make the news, Bermuda Longtail says: “The message must be hammered home that drunk driving is unacceptable.”
Guyana: Price of Rice
“Rice is the new pearl,” says Guyana-Gyal, as spiraling food prices make their impact.
Touring Libyan Blogs: Pride, Patriotism, Nationalism and Chastity
There obviously is a link between patriotism, nationalism and pride but where do the women figure in this equation? If you are curious, bear with me and let's dissect the situation that has brought all this out on the Libyan blogs, writes Fozia Mohamed, who connects the dots in this article.
Living Guyana shares a few steps he is taking to mimimise his carbon footprint.
St. Lucia: Inflation
Blogging from St. Lucia, Looshan Ramblings notes that “Oil is set to go up again. If the trend continues the first casualties of this spiraling inflation are the poor nations of the developing world.”
China: An American Youth's Advice to Chinese Youths
Haujia posted a letter written by an American youth who works in China. He listed out 18 suggestions for Chinese youths in dealing with differences. Part I, Part II and Part III.
Brazil: Blog gives away tickets to attend to PangeaDay
Victor Vasques [pt] is giving away five pairs of tickets to the PangeaDay event in Rio de Janeiro to readers of Com Limão (With Lemon) blog. Contestants only need to send a video or catchphrase about “I want to attend to Pangea Day” via email and the five best chosen...
PangeaDay: Videos to change the world on May 10th
On May 10th 2008 at 18:00 GMT, 24 films will be broadcast during a 4 hour event. What makes this different is that this event, PangeaDay will be broadcast from six locations worldwide in seven different languages worldwide to be viewed through internet, television or cellphones with one unique purpose: to make each other know about the lives of others and focus on what makes us similar, instead of what makes us different and let us work together towards peace.
Japan: Japan Today supports Scientology
Ken at What Japan Thinks writes about opposition from readers of Japan Today to video ads for the Church of Scientology.
Lebanon: “Embarrassed Arabic Language”
“Arabic is an embarrassed language. Not embarrassing, but embarrassed,” comments Tantalus about how cryptic some Arabic writers become in order to avoid taboo words.
Lebanon: Cultural Renaissance
“There's a sort of Renaissance taking place in Lebanon – attributed partially to an massive influx of European tourists (and a marked absence of Gulfies) – art, culture, and creativity are becoming more the norm than the exception in public & semi-public spaces,” notes Finkployd with photos and video on...
Jamaica: Been a Long Time Since I Rock n’ Rolled
Too old to rock n’ roll? Jamaican Marlon James can identify.
Japan: Public Intellectuals
Shisaku proposed to list out 100 Japanese public intellectuals and he produced an initial list of 50 names.
Dubai: Driving Standards
Qatar Cat, who lives in Dubai, discusses driving standards in the Emirate.