Stories from 20 April 2006
Myanmar's natural gas
Both China and India are keen on importing natural gas from Myanmar's huge reserves. In the past India has sympathised with Myanmar's pro-democracy elements but recent years have seen India warming up to the ruling military government. Paresh asks if India should do a deal with Myanmar's rulers and face...
neweurasia reports on Turkmenistan's efforts to increase gas exports, saying that it is unlikely it will be able to meet its contractual obligations for selling gas anytime soon.
As usual, Luke Distelhorst has numerous updates on the ongoing protests in Mongolia at neweurasia including the news that the country's prime minister met with the leader of the protests and a transcript of a press release calling into question many of the protesters’ complaints about Ivanhoe Mines.
Armenia: Poor Services
Christian Garbis adds his thoughts on the death of the Indian student in Yerevan and subsequent protests, saying that the incident underlines the apathy and lack of urgency that are all-too-common in Armenia.
Armenia: Indian Student Protest
An Indian studying in Armenia fell from an open window and died after emergency services took 45 minutes to respond. Armenian police detained other Indian students for questioning and university officials showed little concern for students’ complaints prompting protests. Onnik Krikorian has extensive coverage and many photos of the protests.
First Latin-American Blog Contest
Atina Chile(ES), a social action movement that promotes blogging in Chile, organize the blog contest “Atina Blog Awards”(ES). Anyone could inscribe, the only barrier was that they be written in Spanish. The categories include, Politics, Science and Technology, Design, Journalism, Arst and Culture, personal and Group Blog and special mention....
Kyrgyzstan: Corruption in Education
Erica writes about corruption in Kyrgyzstan and the situation in her country at Kyrgyzstan Student Blog.
Chile: Newspaper Does Not Give Attribution for Photo
Leo Prieto says that local newspaper La Estrella de Iquique used one of his Creative Commons-licensed photos without attribution and that he plans on taking legal action. Creative Commons licenses were officially adopted in Chile late last year.
Colombia: Uribe's Ppponents’ Security Problem
Adam Isacson explains why President Álvaro Uribe's popularity is based on one single issue.
El Salvador: Good Friday Procession
Viva El Salvador has pictures of a Good Friday procession in Apaneca, El Salvador.
Guatemala: Rebuilding After Stan
“Heather Parr was in Guatemala as Hurricane Stan struck in October 2005. Here she shares her account of how the local community she has got to know in Sololá has undertaken the task of rebuilding their lives and their future.” Check out parts I, II, and III.
Peru: Votes by Region
Peru Election 2006 has a handy graph breaking down the votes between Lima, outside of Lima, and outside the country. The votes for Lourdes Flores predictably decrease with each column.
Venezuela: “Hands Off Venezuela” in Arabic
Hands Off Venezuela says a new Arabic version of the site has been launched.
Argentina: Osvaldo Bayer
Roberto Bobrow sketches the life of libertarian anarchist, Osvaldo Bayer.
The Week That Was – Bolivian Blogs
Este artículo también está disponible en español. Bolivia lacks access to the ocean, so the country shouldn’t have any reason to fear pirates, right? Well, they may not be the kind with a parrot on their shoulder, but another type of pirate has become a serious problem for many Bolivian...
India: Election time economics
Lucky has a conversation with an auto-rickshawdriver before elections on the economics of the populist policies.
Nepal: Youth and democracy
Samudaya.org has a report on a gather of non-aligned youth meeting to discuss Nepal's state – “participants discussed the significant role young people can play, and resolved to form an independent youth/ student coalition that will dispatch humanitarian aid and play the role of a watch dog body.”
Nepal: Restoring the legislature
As Nepal prepares itself for some form of democracy, the King grants audience to the Chief Justice in Nepal to discuss legal matters pertaining to restore the legislature says Legal News From Nepal.
Bangladesh: Abducted in Dhaka
Bangladesh may have to explain its human rights record. Shobak on “On April 17th, Ehsanul Islam Sadequee was abducted by armed special forces police officers in Bangladesh.”
Sri Lanka: Gay Pride in Colombo
Colombo gets an opportunity to be proud. Portrait on the Gay Pride in the city – “Colombo pride is going to happen over a week beginning on the 21st of may, and the activities are going to include a film marathon, a kite festival and of course, the essence of...
Sri Lanka: Obscatles to development
Janapathi lists out the obstacles and myths that hinder development in Sri Lanka.