Stories from 4 November 2005
Barrio Flores describes ex-president, Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada's speech in Washington D.C., where he was served with legal papers “by U.S. citizens acting on behalf of Bolivian human rights organizations.”
Leo Prieto describes the genesis [ES] of El Morrocotudo [ES], a participatory news site from Arica, Chile modeled after Bayosphere and OhmyNews.
Jeanette Jalil links to an article about a maritime border conflict between Chile and Peru while Fernando Flores has reposted Juan Arellano's excellent introduction to Peruvian blogs into Spanish as a way to encourage communication over conflict.
Plan Colombia and Beyond explains the significance of Hernando Cadavid's murder by “demobilized” ex-paramilitaries.
Francisco of Caracas Chronicles translates a column by Ibéyise Pacheco about a recent division in Venezuela's opposition between those who want to participate in December's election and those who want to abstain.
Tomas Sancio looks ahead to the 2008 elections while Jorge Arena (very sarcastically) recommends that Chavez heads the United Nations.
Khalaf believes that government should work to achieve the best achievable standards of living for the most number of people without significantly damaging the social and physical environment of the country.
Rebecca points to the Italians rally for Israel in response to the Iranian President's words. While on the same subject, umkalil wonders, perhaps they're celebrating the clinical death of thirteen year old Ismail Khatieb, shot through the head and heart by one of Israel's Occupation Forces?
Alaa shed some light on the situation of the Arab Media, who are playing an important and direct role, especially in influencing the peoples and events in the region including those most directly involved, namely in Iraq.
A Libyan court has sentenced, Abd al-Raziq al-Mansuri, an Internet journalist to one-and-a-half years in prison after he published articles critical of the government, Sabbah writes. The sentence is an apparent attempt by the government to silence free speech and dissenting views.
Mark the 4th of November in your calendar as The Egyptian Day of Love. Zeinobia reminds Egyptians that when the Journalist, Mustafa Amin, wrote the idea in Akhbar Newspaper he didn't mean it for the lovers but for all the people, men and women, adults and children to love each...
Poem in Cambodian language by Seserak Several Cambodian bloggers have been sharing their poetry online. The poem above, entitled Autumn in English, is by Seserak, a Cambodian college student studying in Japan and probably experiencing quite a different fall than in his homeland. The poem is translated into English in...
India, Pakistan: A difficult Eid
Expat Wolfgang has his tongue firmly in his cheek when he says that his is not a Bahamian blog. The bloggers at Bahama Pundit had plenty to say this week, with Larry Smith reviewing a book on pre-Columbian languages and offering a useful overview of the Bahamian blogsphere, Sir Arthur Foulkes reminding Bahamanians not to be complacent about civil rights and Nicolette Bethel calling for a different approach to tourism. And Lynn Sweeting finds the absence of women's rights from the current discussions around national heros problematic. Barbados Two reactions to the October 26 march staged in Barbados by the group Lifeline Expedition, in which descendants of slave owners donned chains in an effort to apologize for slavery: Jdid calls the event "a travesty, a mockery, a despicable imitation which trivializes a serious part of our history" while Titilayo is relieved it's all over and happy that Barbados was continuing to forge alliances with African nations. Belize Andy Hunt reports on the progress of the Belize Jungle Dome project.. Bermuda The Limey wonders whether the creation of a National Drugs Control Ministry is a good idea, and suggests that hunting--of realtors!--would be a good addition to the island's tourism offerings. And an "Open Mike" post about the national cricket team's removal from field during the recent tour of Namibia sparks a stream of lively comments. Cayman Islands Odd Blog talks about "light pollution" in the Cayman Islands. Dominica Billy posts a short report on the 27th anniversary independence celebrations in Dominica. Grenada YingYang engages in some eye-rolling at the notion that the region's banana growers are surprised that the recent WTO ruling didn't go in their favour.
Kenyan Pundit has some more links llustrating alternative ways to address poverty and development issues.
Kenyan blogger, Mentalacrobatics wonders about the ongoing debate in the Kenyan blogosphere and beyond on the forthcoming referendum on Kenya's constitution. “With this referendum I get a sense of déjà vu. We've seen it all before. Two camps apparently at each others throats, a clear decision to make Yes or...
South Africa reports that French arms company, Thales, maybe joining former deputy President, Jacob Zuma in the dock. “This is a potential setback for Zuma, as it will make evidence against him easier to place before the court. Given the diplomatic ramifications, it also underscores the Scorpions’ determination to bring...
Nigerian blogger in London, Obifromsouthlondon TGIF and asks “Who is your top five, dead or alive” hip-hop/rap (forgive me but whats the difference?) artists that is. Accompanied by an “interesting” series of photos.
On Wednesday Black Star Journal wondered about why President Idriss Déby of Chad had decided to dissolve his presidential guard and what this would lead to. . Today, Coalition for Darfur reports that “the self-proclaimed head of a group of army deserters in Chad said on Thursday he had the...
EthioIndex forum has eyewitness reports of brutality by the Ethiopian state forces
More sickening violence in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa – EthioExodus “A homeless pregnant woman was running for shelter from flying bullets…literally dragging her may be 3yrs old boy as the unfortunate, who have nowhere to hide in, so week to keep up, fell behind and got hit by a machine...