19 October 2005

Stories from 19 October 2005

Southern Africa social forum

  19 October 2005

The 3rd and final day of the Southern African Social Forum, held in Harare, dealt with the crisis in Zimbabwe. “Briggs Bomba, a representative of the parallel Uhuru Youth Forum of the SASF, said that Zimbabwe faces its worst economic crisis ever. The hospitals are no longer hospitals but ‘death...

Representative Heuristic in race

  19 October 2005

Kenyan Diasporan blogger, Curious, discusses “the representative heuristic”. For example, the representative heuristic (Wikipedia) would be like this: “after a report in the media that, for example, black people are x times more likely to commit gun crime (hypothetically), or that muslims are x times more likely to suicide bomb...

Loss of life in Lesotho

  19 October 2005

Lesotho blogger Sotho puts the human disaster of Katrina, where it is estimated that 700 people died, in the context of a “3rd world” country like Lesotho where loss of human life will be 300 times greater than in the US of the coming years due not to natural disaster...

Aid for Darfur

  19 October 2005

Aid worker “Sleepless in Sudan” responds to those who have accused her of “”blogging to much on “the problems of Darfur and the mistakes people are making – and not offering any bright solutions myself”. One solution she sights is for the Canadian armoured personnel carriers stuck in a warehouse...

Mob rule in Nigeria

  19 October 2005

Nigerian blogger “Jangbalajugbu-Homeland Stories” has a horrific story showing the brutality of mob rule. An 11 year old boy Samuel is burnt to death after he is suspected of attempting to steal a baby.

Radio Sud FM

  19 October 2005

Black Star Journal reports on the shutting down of Senegal's most popular radio station, Sud FM by the Senegalese government.

Indonesia: More Babies

  19 October 2005

To shoulder Indonesia's debt burden, tedy at tedsta.com makes the Swiftian suggestion that Indonesians ought to have more babies.

China: Guardian Explains, Others Respond

  19 October 2005

asiapundit rounds up the skeptical reactions to the Guardian‘s explanation that reporter Benjamin Joffe-Walt's exaggerated description of Lu Banglie's injuries at Taishi was caused by temporary insanity. Bingfeng Teahouse helpfully classifies who's on what side of the Taishi affair, and Fons reflects on the end of the foreign correspondent.

Japan: Yasukuni Visit

  19 October 2005

Yaw and Mog passed by the Yasukuni Shrine during PM Junichiro Koizumi's visit on the anniversary of the interment of fourteen war criminals there and asks what Japan gains by provoking its neighbors. Says vincentvds of Achikochi: “Japanese prime ministers should stay away from Yasukuni.”

Vietnam: Indians in Hanoi

  19 October 2005

No Star Where‘s search for traces of the Indian community in Vietnam leads to a discovery that poet Rabindranath Tagore had once visited Saigon.

Travels in the Kurdish Blogosphere

  19 October 2005

According to preliminary results the Iraqi Constitution Referendum has passed with a “yes” vote. And while the world waits for the official results, Iraqi Kurds and Kurds in general have been very active as to their opinions of the proceedings. Dr Nazhad Khasraw Hawramany of Iraqi Kurdistan gives a congratulatory...

Chile's Presidential Blog Forum

  19 October 2005

此篇文章有繁體中文的翻譯” While all of South America has been experiencing an exponential growth of weblogs, podcasts, and other online methods of civic participation, no country has done more to institutionalize the new tools into its political process than Chile. The ruling class’ embrace of online media as a way to encourage...

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