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24 April 2006

Stories from 24 April 2006

Colombia: Extraditing Gabriel Puerta Parra

Adam Isacson emphasizes the sensitive consequences of extraditing longtime narcotrafficker, paramilitary associate, and ex-government security agent, Gabriel Puerta Parra (alias “The Doctor”) to the United States. Included is a translation...

Brazil: Islam

Comings Communiqué, a weblog by a Christian missionary, is dismayed by the rise of Islam in Brazil.

Bolivia: Bloggers Radio Show

Blogs de Bolivia announces (ES) that blogger Sebastian (ES), his wife Anne (ES), and Sergio Mier have launched a weekly radio show on FM 92.3 Santa Cruz, which will cover...

Brazil, Mexico: Landless Workers Movement and Zapatistas

The Western Hemisphere Policy Watch blog cites a meeting between the Brazilian NGO, Landless Workers Movement (MST) and the Zapatistas in Southern Mexico as proof “that the international left's designs...

El Salvador: Ban Against Gay Marriage and Adoption

Andrés Duque says that backing by El Salvador's two largest parties probably means that an amendment prohibiting marriage and adoption by gay couples will soon be passed.

AddisFerengi returns as Ethiopia's blogosphere explodes

AddisFerengi, one of Ethiopia's most controversial bloggers, was back in business this week with a load of back-dated posts, after temporarily shutting herself down and leaving the country amid claims...

Writings from the Kenyan Sphere

Kenyans mourned the passing of several people. There was a tragic plane crash where 14 people lost their lives, including several members of parliament and government officials, who were on...

DRC: Cardinal Asks Congolese to Protect DRC From Foreigners

Archbishop of Kinshasa, Cardinal Etsou, asked Congolese to protect their country from foreigners, reports (FR)Renouveau Congolais. “You have left this beautiful country to foreigners who are carving it out” said...

Nepal: Who is to blame?

Even as the revolution in Nepal unfolds, Bahas> asks if this is the time for reconciliation or confrontation – “Nepalese political parties are equally responsible as the king Gyanendra for...

Pakistan: The Bin Laden Story

The various sides of the Bin Laden story. Why various stories still float around and who benefits from them on A Journey To The End Of Time.

Latvia: More On Aivars Lemberg

All About Latvia posts an update on Aivars Lembergs, the man who might rule Latvia after the election in October.

Czech Republic: Radio Transmitting Tower to Become a UNESCO Site

Jesse of Bored in Brno is wondering why “a Czech radio broadcasting tower might be added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites.”

Czech Republic: Unie Svobody and the June Election

Douglas Arellanes writes about the unlikely “first moves in the relaunch of the Unie Svobody (Freedom Union), the right of center party that is still in the governing coalition along...

Ukraine: One Man's Chernobyl 20 Years On

Stefan at Dykun writes about a Ukrainian relative who was sent to work in Chernobyl 20 years ago: he's in his 40s now but walks with a cane. “Mykhajlo wears...

Serbia & Montenegro: Kosovar Schoolgirl Battling Dutch Immigration Officials

CafeDA writes about Kosovar schoolgirl Taida Pasic's battle with the Dutch immigration authorities: “Pasic's family fled from Kosovo to the Netherlands when she was 12. The IND decided the family...

DRC: Informal vs. Official World Order

UDPS Liege contrasts (FR) the official world order (UN and other international bodies) to the informal world order (multinational corporations and secret service agencies). According to the informal world order,...

Trinidad & Tobago: Opposition Leader sentenced

Caribbean Free Radio links to a newsflash from a Trinidad & Tobago daily stating that Basdeo Panday, the country's Opposition Leader has been found guilty of “deliberately failing to disclose...

Yemen: The chewers of Hadhramout

Yemenis are well known for chewing Qat. However, Omar does not seem to be one of them. Discover what is Qat, what it taste like, why do they chew it,...

Brutal murder of Guyanese government minister sends shockwaves

“The news that the Guyanese Minister of Fisheries, Crops and Livestock, Satyadeow Sawh, was brutally gunned down at his home along with his brother, sister and bodyguard early Saturday morning...

Bangladesh: Plagiarism

Deshcalling on how plagiarism in Bangladesh seems to be prevalent – “When plagiarism becomes rife as it has in Bangladesh educational institutions it devalues the degrees or diplomas awarded by...

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