· September, 2007

Stories from Quick Reads from September, 2007

Bahrain: Corruption Index

  28 September 2007

Bahrain's ranking in the Corruption Index slips again, writes blogger Mahmood Al Yousif. Countries with a significant worsening in perceived levels of corruption in 2007 include Austria, Bahrain, Belize, Bhutan, Jordan, Laos, Macao, Malta, Mauritius, Oman, Papua New Guinea and Thailand.

Ghana: Open Source evangelism in Ghana

  28 September 2007

Odzangba is excited about the increasing use of open source software at the University of Ghana: “It seems the whoever is in charge of open source evangelism here in the university of Ghana has built some serious momentum. I talked about ubuntu being used in the balme library some weeks...

Bahrain: A President Visits

  28 September 2007

Bahrain-based blogger Bint Battuta shares with us a new blog, set up to cover President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to Columbia University earlier this week, created by its Graduate School of Journalism students.

Trinidad and Tobago: The Course of Justice

  28 September 2007

“This Chief Justice matter is no joke. The integrity of the entire judiciary rests upon it,” writes Manicou, who is incredulous at the refusal of Trinidad and Tobago's Attorney General to allow himself to be cross examined by the tribunal investigating allegations that he conspired with the Chief Magistrate to...

Jamaica: Grateful Day

  28 September 2007

In light of the situation in Myanmar, Montego Bay Day By Day writes: “Although this little rock called Jamaica isn't perfect, I am indeed grateful that, as of this date, we can criticize our government quite harshly without fear.”

Bahamas: Artists or Liars

  28 September 2007

“Where we don't explore ourselves, we pay the price”: Nicolette Bethel, guest authoring at Bahama Pundit, explains how lack of any real emphasis on the arts translates into creating “a society of liars.”

Trinidad & Tobago: Book Picks

  28 September 2007

“V.S. Naipaul's latest book, A Writer’s People, was published this month and lands on the top of my book-pile”: Tattoo posts a list of great reads.

Myanmar: Soldiers fighting each other

  28 September 2007

Yangon Thu has linked to reports coming in from Myanmar (via Mizimma, in Burmese) talking about infighting between the factions in the army. “The Battalions from Middle Burma and South East Burma are said to have left for Yangon. Rumors are rampant that there is trouble within the Army itself...

Egypt: Newspaper Strike on October 7

  28 September 2007

“Chief in editors of the independent and party newspapers decided to not to publish their newspapers on Sunday the 7th of October 2007 , the daily newspapers will not be published on that day and the weekly newspapers will not be published in their days as an objection move against...

Egypt: Beware of US Tapping

  28 September 2007

“Now that the U.S. is tapping domestic phone calls people need to watch what they say, not because they have anything to hide but because in the course of an innocent conversation you can draw a lot of unwanted attention,” cautions D B Shobrawy, from Egypt.