Stories from 13 October 2005
Bolivia: Taking the Presidency By Force
Miguel Centallas writes that “Felipe Quispe (aka “Mallku”) of the indigenous MIP (Pachakutik Indigenous Movement) has declared that if he doesn't win the election, he'll take the presidency by force.”
Argentina: Anti-Bush Bombings
GoodAirs sums up last Thursday's bombings by the groups Comando Antiimperialista Comandante Che Guevara and Coronel Dorrego at six scattered American symbols a day after Bush's attendance at the Summit of the Americas was confirmed. Expat Argentina has more on the protests which could be awaiting George W. Bush.
Alejandro Forero Cuervo and Blue Elephant have been hard at work making BogoWiki, a collaborative, online guide to the city of Bogotá. There is also a space for making denouncements and recommendations related to local businesses and government.
Cuba, Bahamas: Hemmingway Film to be Made in Cuba
Bahamas Blog has the dirt on the new film which will star Anthony Hopkins as Ernest Hemingway and be shot in Cuba. Factoid: Papa Hemingway won a fishing tournament in the Bahamas back in 1935.
El Salvador: Turning Aid into Political Propoganda
Tim's El Salvador Blog translates a blog post from Hunnapuh – Comentarios about the partisanship which has seeped into El Salvador's relief efforts following Hurricane Stan.
Costa Rica: “Wi-Fi as a Basic Right”
J.D. Clarke, citing San Francisco mayor, Gavin Newsom, says free access to internet should be a basic right for all citizens [ES]. Some commenters say that, in Costa Rica, procuring basic needs should come before technology, but JD responds, “I understand your argument, but you could say the same thing...
Myanmar (Burma): Internet censorship
“It probably comes as no surprise that as far as Internet censorship goes, the Burmese junta is one of the most restrictive in the world,” writes Burma Underground, citing a recent report by the Harvard-backed Open Net Initiative.
Cambodia: Football crazy
ThaRum writes about the growing popularity of European football (soccer) in East Asia, including Cambodia, saying that names like Beckham and Owen are big brand names as well as players.
Thailand: Vegetarian festival
Thai-Blogs posts a long essay with photos on the religious and cultural significance of the Thai vegetarian festival to the kingdom's Chinese community.
Indonesia: Bali sentence reduced
BaliBlog reports on the reduction to 15 from 20 years of the jail term handed down by a Denpasar court to Australian national Schapelle Corby, convicted of smuggling marijuana into the holiday island earlier this year.
Indonesia: Corruption charges
Jakartass says the suspension from duty of Indonesian Chief Justice Bagir Manan “could well be an event of cataclysmic importance in the burgeoning democracy of Indonesia”. Meanwhile, Indonesia Today reports on the sentencing of businessman and politician Adiwarsita Adinegoro to six years’ imprisonment for Rp100 billion (U.S.$10 million) worth of...
China: Taishi update
ESWN once more rounds up commentary in the China-related blogosphere to recent events in Taishi village, Guangdong province, especially the Guardian‘s report on the beating of Lu Banglie. And Sun Bin flags a report (in Chinese) that is being posted on feedback and comments forms around the Web, giving a...
Uganda: Malaria outreach
Uganda-CAN reports that malaria outreach programs will be extended to northern Uganda, especially internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in the strife-torn region.
Zimbabwe: Back from the dead
Sokwanele tells the story of “Themba”, a Zimbabwean man whose beating at the hands of a group of youths nearly killed him–but didn't.
Nigeria: Poem for R.S. Thomas
Molara Wood posts a poem written for Welsh poet R.S. Thomas by Nigerian poet Tade Ipadeola.
Sub-Saharan Africa: 100-dollar laptop
Oscar H. Blayton is intrigued by the MIT Media Laboratory's $100 laptop initiative, but worries that the One Laptop Per Child initiative could get bogged down in red tape, as it plans to distribute computers via government-backed aid programs.
Sub-Saharan Africa: On Anti-Globalization
Emeka Okafor, on Africa Unchained, flags a commentary which rails against common complaints made by anti-globalization campaigners.
Introduction to Peruvian Blogs
La versión original de este artículo está disponible en español. Translation (and typos) by David Sasaki To write about even our little Peruvian blogosphere, just like any other blogosphere, is an attempt practically destined for failure if it intends to give a complete picture of the patterns and initiatives which...
Chippla's Weblog – Liberia Votes “The Liberian election may not be headline news in the mainstream media but it is very significant not just for West Africa but the world at large. Who could have imagined this happening just two years ago when the warlord and tyrant, Charles Taylor was...
First Arab Gay/Lesbian Magazine Published
Sabbah says that a Lebanese NGO has published Barra; the first quarterly Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersexed and Queer magazine in the Arab world. A subject that's been a taboo in the Arab world for ever.
Saudi: Flickr's Back
Ibrahim Owais of Ocean Creep just reported that flickr.com is back to work in Saudi Arabia, after they blocked it for nearly 2 weeks.