Stories about North America from March, 2008
Geospatial Technology and Human Rights
Varena at PingMag interviews Lars Bromley, director of the Geospatial Technologies and Human Rights Project of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), who talks about how his group uses geospatial technology to digitally capture atrocities against civilians in Darfur, Zimbabwe, North Korea, the Gaza Strip and Burma.
Barbados, USA: Spitzer
“From the time this Elliot Spitzer scandal broke I knew that I wanted to blog about it”: Barbadian blogger Jdid finally does.
Barbados, Dominica, USA: Congrats to Paterson
Barbadian blogger Cheese-on-bread! congratulates David Paterson on his imminent position as Governor of New York, saying: “He is the first black man (he’s also of Dominican heritage) to do so.”
Russia: Relations With Germany; Arms Sales
Siberian Light writes about the future of the Russian-German relationship – and about an apparent competition between Russia and the United States in the arms supply market.
Brazil: Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela and the besieged Latin America
There was a lot of talk about the 'Border Crisis in Latin America' on the Brazilian blogosphere in the last few days. Brazilian people suffer from an endemic form of 'know-it-all syndrom' and, thus, many of us were talking -- a lot -- and taking sides about the impending conflict.
Environment: Elephant Culling and Crisis in The Mara
In this issue of Global Voices environment, we check in with various blogs around the world. The themes are varied, and some are of global concern with commentary from Kenya about elephant culling in South Africa, commentary from Europe on “Eco-colonialism” in Botswana, Brazil, DRC, Patagonia and other countries. Image...
China: We need a consistent and pro-trade US president
In response to the news of American presidential candidate Barack Obama's stance on NAFTA, but prior to this week's round of presidential primaries, political blogger Michael Anti wrote a few words on his dusty MSN blog on what a President Obama would mean for China in 'Meet Obama's America of (undpredictable) change'
Israel, Soviet History: Pictures From the Exhibition on Refuseniks
Pictures from an exhibition on the Soviet refuseniks at the Museum of the Jewish Diaspora in Tel Aviv – by LJ user mozgovaya (Israeli journalist Natasha Mozgovaya). (Text in Russian.)
Russia, Venezuela: “Exxon Strikes Back”
White Sun of the Desert writes about how “international oil and gas companies are not as completely helpless in the face of politically contrived domestic disputes as most would think”: “ExxonMobil is currently demonstrating rather effectively how an international oil company can remove the dispute from the domestic arena into...
Armenia: Conspiracy Theory
Archuk's Blog argues that the reappearance of former president Levon Ter-Petrossian to the political scene in Armenia as well as post-election unrest is linked to Kosovo's independence and attempts to find a solution to the longstanding conflict with Azerbaijan over the breakaway territory of Nagorno Karabakh. The blog sees the...
Armenia: Souless State Department
The Armenia Now blog remarks on the arrival of U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Bryza in Armenia in an attempt to defuse tensions after last weekend's post-election riot which left eight dead. The blog criticizes Bryza for his comments to president-elect Serge Sargsyan.
Colombia: View from U.S. Primary Candidates
Plan Colombia and Beyond collects the reactions of the three remaining U.S. presidential candidates regarding the recent tensions between Colombia and Ecuador.
Peru: Bloggers Provide Thoughts on U.S. Elections
The primary elections in the U.S. have attracted interest from Peruvian bloggers. Some are concentrating on issues that would affect Peru, such as Free-Trade Agreements, while other bloggers compare the systems in both countries. Others are fascinated by the fact that there is a woman and African-American candidate. There is even a curiosity at two lesser-known candidates that have little chance of winning the nomination.
Japan: Reflections on a life in Silicon Valley
Well-known Japanese web visionary Umeda Mochio, blogging at My Life Between Silicon Valley and Japan, reflects on his life over the past 20 years [ja] since the time in 1988 when he first joined the world of IT consulting. In the past few years, his most recent books such as...
India: How did Huckabee make it this far?
The Renegade of Junk – with characteristic sarcasm asks how Huckabee made it this far.
Japan: Justice served in contaminated blood scandal
Martin at Kurashi reports on news that the Japanese supreme court upheld a suspended prison sentence for a former health official, Akihito Matsumura, for having failed to prevent the use of HIV-contaminated blood products in the mid-1990s. Martin finishes his post with the question: “When will this debate start for...
Trinidad & Tobago, Colombia, Venezuela, USA: Taking Sides
“You would think that, as a general principle, if country A sends troops across the border into country B, that the world community should stand in sympathy with country B’s right to protect it’s territorial integrity, right?”: Trinidadian blogger Further Thoughts comments about the Columbia/Venezuela issue.
China: Information in News Story
Angry Chinese Blogger compares the writings of a news story by China Daily and CNN to show how information is being manipulated in news.
Mideast Youth: Back to School
Mideast Youth bloggers took part in a Skype discussion with students from an American school. Questions were about race, politics, bigotry, nationalism, materialism and a few other ‘ism’s, explains Egyptian D B Shobrawy, who was joined by Esra'a, from Bahrain.
Egypt: US Kills No Terrorists in Somalia
A U.S. airstrike this morning targeting a “known al-Qaeda terrorist” in Somalia destroys two houses, approximately the size of my bedroom, killing 3 women, 3 children and no terrorists, writes Egyptian blogger D B Shobrawy, who ends his post with: “And that's how you recruit a terrorist.”
Fidel here and there
O Escriba blogs[PT] about the shocking difference between the covers of the Brazilian Veja magazine and the North-American New Yorker magazine about the end of Fidel Castro's long term on Cuba's government, and links to Luiz Carlos Azenha's blog post about the same subject[PT], that quotes the verbatim of the...