Stories about Politics from November, 2009
St. Vincent & the Grenadines: ‘No’ It Is
Vincentian bloggers discuss the fact that the citizenry recently voted ‘No’ to “the current manifestation of a proposed constitution for this country.”
Cuba: Call to Respect Human Rights
As four Cuban dissidents are reportedly arrested in Havana, Uncommon Sense profiles political prisoner Oscar Biscet's call for his compatriots “to join an international campaign set for next month to demand that the Castro dictatorship respect human rights.”
Russia: Tatarstan Blogger Sentenced to Almost 2 Years in Penal Colony
On Sept. 12, 2008, Tatar blogger and journalist Irek Murtazin blogged about rumors of Tatarstan president Mintimir Shaimiev's death. On Nov. 26, 2009, Murtazin was convicted of defamation and incitement to hatred and sentenced to 1 year and 9 months of penal colony.
Cuba: Here Comes The Rain Again
Cuba's Generation Y longs for “what seems to be a pipe dream for so many, when the city will not collapse because of a simple shower that falls in the tropics.”
St. Vincent & the Grenadines: No!
The people have voted no to the proposed new constitution in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Abeni and Repeating Islands report.
Trinidad & Tobago: Why the Shutdown?
KnowTnT.com is unimpressed that tomorrow is being pegged as “a de facto holiday in Trinidad and Tobago due to CHOGM”, adding: “There's really no reason for everything to shut down for an entire day. Of course, it could simply be that the powers-that-be are dismissing the citizens of the nation...
India Remembers Horrifying Mumbai Terror Attacks
One year ago, Mumbai, India's financial and entertainment capital came under a well- coordinated terrorist attack that lasted for 3 days. Indian netizens remember those horrifying moments and complain that nothing has changed.
Russia: Website Administrator Faces Trial on Libelling
Alexander Batalov, a former administrator of the official Web site for the town of Irbit, faces libel charges for anonymous comments left by someone else on the site. Batalov is accused of allowing unapropriate comments online and, if found guilty, will be required to pay $8,000 penalty. The full story...
Algeria: An Open Letter to Egyptians
From a football match for a place in the South Africa World Cup in 2010 to a full fledged face off and diplomatic stand off, Egyptians and Algerians continue to score points against each other on the ground - off and online. One Algerian blogger writes an open letter to Egyptians in his blog.
Egypt: Where are the Algerian Intellectuals?
Egyptian blog Justice for All [Ar] asks: “Where are the intellectuals in Algeria when the nation wakes up..on curses? This is another reading to the question: Why do they hate us?”
Egypt: Egyptian Politics, Arab Nationalism and Football
What is the relationship between Egyptian politics, Arab nationalism and a football match? Egyptian Dalia Ziada sheds her thoughts on all those issues in this post.
Egypt: Football and Nationalism
The Arabist has more on football and nationalism in this post.
Video: End Violence Against Women Around the World
Today, November 25th is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and through videos, many people and organizations around the world are expressing their need to end the violence as well as the efforts they are undertaking to ensure that women have a safer world to live in.
Bangladesh, India, Pakistan: One State Solution Week 2009
The One State Solution Blog invites bloggers to express their opinions to redress the problems the Partition of India has created: “it did not achieve the goals or resolve the problems that the two-nation theory promised us as a subcontinent.” If you are blogging on this issue then tag your...
India: Politics And Tolerance
I love life… so I explore quotes Allama Iqbal on the philosophy of Hindu God Rama to showcase that: “India’s biggest strength is it’s secularism and it’s philosophy of tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.”
Trinidad & Tobago: Waste of Time?
“Most citizens still think CHOGM is a few-hundred-million dollar joke and will not benefit citizens in any way”: Trinidad and Tobago's This Beach Called Life weighs in on the upcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.
Bermuda, St. Vincent & the Grenadines: Here Comes The Queen
Shawn and Sue and Repeating Islands blog about the Queen of England's visit to Bermuda.
Nepal's Peace Process Faltering
Nepal's fragile peace process is faltering amidst increasing clashes between the Maoists and the government. The Maoists are threatening to go on indefinite strike if their demands are not fulfilled.
Egypt: President Mubarak and the Egyptian Dignity
Egyptian Facebook users continue to discuss the ramifications of the aftermath of the Algeria vs Egypt football final, which saw Algeria qualifying to the World Cup finals in South Africa next year. Marwa Rakha has the story.
Malawi: President seeking more power
Malawian President wants more power!: “Malawian President Bingu wa Mutharika, whose party enjoys a parliamentray majority, is seeking to beef up his powers before he exits the political stage in 2014.”
Trinidad & Tobago: CHOGM
KnowTnT.com would like to know what the point of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting actually is: “I am forced to wonder if the CHOGM meeting isn't anything but a group of dinosaurs discussing the tar pits.”