· October, 2007

Stories about Feature from October, 2007

Argentina: Kirchner Wins Apathetic Election

  31 October 2007

Cristina Kirchner, the wife of outgoing Argentina president Nestor Kirchner, captured 45% of the vote in last Sunday's election and avoided a run-off election. However, many bloggers indicate that this was an election that was met with apathy leading up to the vote, but some reacted to the results and some usual problems that take place on election days.

Japan: Kameda hits below the belt

  31 October 2007

(In)famous for their big mouths and bad behaviour, coupled with showy performances such as singing karaoke after their victories in the ring, the Kamedas have become the media's favourite boxing family. After the title match on Oct. 11, however, the family found themselves in the middle of harsh media bashing.

Burkina Faso: Blogs Help Burkinabe Skirt Censorship

  30 October 2007

In Burkina Faso, blogging is more than a pastime. It is the eyes and ears of thousands of net users. That's why from October 11th to the 17th, during the 20th anniversary of the assassination of Thomas Sankara, Burkina Faso's internet connection was cut in order to prevent those commemorating...

Brazil: “Haiti is here, Haiti is not here”

  29 October 2007

Haiti has become a regularly commented on issue on the Brazilian blogosphere. The special connection between Brazil and Haiti was initiated in 2004, when Brazilian troops started to participate in MINUSTAH — the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti. Last week the UN decided to extend its presence in the...

Ecuador: Immigrant Girl Attacked on Barcelona Train

  29 October 2007

A 16-year-old Ecuadoran immigrant was sitting alone on the train in Barcelona, when a Spanish citizen who was talking on his phone, proceeded to repeatedly strike the girl for no apparent reason. The images were caught on camera inside the train and brought swift reactions of disgust by bloggers in Ecuador and abroad, as well as caused others to pause and reflect on the status of immigrants in Spain.

China: Chinese Nominees for the BoBs

  28 October 2007

This year the Best of Blogs voting has started in Oct 22, 2007. You can cast your vote online for the best weblogs, videoblogs and podcasts. According to Deutsche Welle, there were 7,000 nominations around the world this year. 15 Chinese weblogs are in the nominee list. Among which three...

Syrian blogger Roukana Hamour has been Kidnapped

  26 October 2007

Update: Last night (October 26), we've received a call from Rokana Hamour. She is fine. She has been interrogated by the Syrian Security Services about a comment left on her blog. Rokana was released three hours later. We've received an email that appeared to come from someone who witnessed the...

Bangladesh: Bloggers mobilise against domestic violence

  25 October 2007

(Logo credit: Amnesty International) October is Domestic Violence Awareness month in the USA, devoted to connecting battered women’s advocates across the nation to work together to end violence against women and children. The issue, however, is not country specific. Domestic violence is a menace that is found all over the...

Costa Rica: Free-Trade Agreement Passes

  25 October 2007

Costa Ricans participated in a nationwide referendum regarding the fate of the Free-Trade Agreement with the United States. The result was a vote for the "Yes". Even though the vote passed, there is still a lot to be completed by Congress and a little uncertainty of what the results mean.

Armenia: Opposition Detainees Released

  24 October 2007

Via Romamerda1 on YouTube, there are updates on the latest developments following the arrest of Armenian opposition leaders, Nikol Pashinyan and other members of the “Impeachment” bloc. The description accompanying the video reads: Nicol Pashinyan and other members of “Impeachment” party were unjustly imprisoned for 8 hours on 23 October...

Russia: Bloggers Discuss James Watson

  23 October 2007

James Watson, an American Nobel Prize-winning geneticist, provoked international outrage when The Sunday Times quoted him on race issues on Oct. 14. The news of the controversy produced a certain stir in the Russian-language blogosphere, too.

African Bloggers Pay Tribute To Lucky Dube

  23 October 2007

"Do you ever worry about your house being broken into / Do you ever worry about your car being taken away from you in broad daylight down Highway 54 / Do you ever worry about your wife becoming the woman in black / Do you ever worry about leaving home and coming back in a coffin, with a bullet through your head / So join us and fight this crime and corruption…."

China: Heavy schooling fees and migrant workers

  23 October 2007

Yuan Guiren, Chinese Vice Education Minister, emphasized the equal education rights for the migrant workers’ children at the CPC press conference last Saturday. However, the tough reality makes some migrant parents worried if they can find an adequate school for their children next term.

Japan: NOVA on the brink of collapse

  21 October 2007

Despite numerous statements to the contrary from an increasingly evasive management, the collapse of Japan's largest English language school operator NOVA appears imminent as bloggers have been reporting lesson cancellations, school closings, and busy phone lines. Read about the thoughts and first-hand experiences of Japanese bloggers in today's post.

Pakistan: In the wake of the attacks

  19 October 2007

On her return from an eight year self imposed exile, former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was welcomed to Karachi with a procession of thousands of her supporters, and two successful suicide bombers. The attack resulted in 136 dead, hundreds more injured and a public that was left in utter shock. The public have their own opinions about who is ultimately responsible.

Philippines: Deadly Mall Blast Shocks Filipinos

  19 October 2007

Citizen journalism and citizen punditry is alive in the Philippine blogosphere, and we saw this within minutes of a deadly blast at the popular Glorietta mall in Makati City, the country's financial capital. As of posting time, eight have been confirmed killed while 120 others were being treated for various...