Stories from 1 May 2006
Timbuktu Chronicles reports on a new aqua technology, Aquaponics…”.Aquaponics is the integration of aquaculture and hydroponics. Aquaculture, the growing of fish, hydroponics the growing of vegetables/plants in controlled conditions, utilizing specialized growing mediums and nutrients”
Kenya: No means No not yes!
Au Lait writes about the recent comment by a Kenyan member of parliament during the debate on the Sexual Offences Bill that when women say no they mean yes.….”We (yes we women) are not going to stand your braindead, chauvinistic disrespect for women. Y'all better look for a time travel...
Kenya: Going home
Bankekele has advice on how to travel to his home town in Kenya, what you need to take with you and what to expect once you arrive…”
Ethiopia: Open letter to US Ambassador
Carpe Diem Ethiopia post an open letter from Birtukan Mideksa to the US ambassador, Vicki Huddleston. He comments “Judge Bertukan’s disgust with the U.S. Ambassador’s duplicity, however, is a searing indictment of the neocon dilemma: support for governments that repress their people but are declared allies in the U.S.-led war...
Yebo Gogo reports on an exchange of words between Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former SA president, De Klerk….”Archbishop Desmond Tutu said South Africa's whites aren't appreciative of the actions the country's black community took after the fall of apartheid. Former apartheid president FW de Klerk said blacks need to recognize...
Nigeria:Soyinka on Darfur
Agodi News points to an interview with Nigerian author and playright, Wole Soyinka on Democracy Now…” A Blot on the Conscience of the World.“
Ethiopia: Pastoral leaders meet with the UN
Meskel Square reports on a meeting in Ethiopia between “four pastoralist groups from as far afield as Somali region” and leaders of the main UN agencies working in the country. “The main topics of conversation were the drought and the need for greater official recognition of all of Ethiopia's pastoralist...
Sudan: Genocide in Darfur
Sudan: The Passion of the Present reports on yesterday's demonstrations in the US against the genocide in Darfur. “They protested a civil war in which the Sudanese government and its proxies have killed about 200,000 people in Darfur, in that nation's south, and driven an estimated 2.5 million people from...
Voices from Zimbabwe and the Great Lakes
Zimbabwe: As Nepal celebrated their revolution's success, envious Zimbabwean observers still trapped on the outside of democratic success couldn't hide their aspirations for the same in Zimbabwe. Nepal's revolution got Zimpundit dreaming, “As I sit here looking at my computer screen I’m dreaming of Nepal. I so badly want the...
Russia: Solzhenitsyn's Controversial Views
David McDuff of A Step At A Time writes about Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's latest public statement, in which “his anti-Western and anti-democratic position is clearly outlined for all to see.”
Slovenia: “A Diversity to Discover”
Michael of The Glory of Carniola writes about one drawback of Slovenia's new promo commercial to be aired on CNN: “The video is beautifully done and I tip my hat to everyone involved, with the exception of those responsible for the awkward slogan: ‘A diversity to discover.'”
Belarus: Wikipedia Edit Wars
br23 blog writes about edit wars constantly taking place at Wikipedia's Belarusian history pages: “This continuing butchering of the articles about Belarus by Russians on English Wikipedia also ruined my trust in the Wikipedia as a whole. Now, I have to confess, I don’t go to Wikipedia anymore to read...
Croatia: The ABCs of Spring Break
Jeremy Jewett of Hungarian Goulash comes up with “the ABCs of a Spring Break in Croatia”: “The stories of a spring break well-spent in the northern-half of the former Yugoslavia will be told alphabetically, chunked into a little tale or nugget of wisdom beginning with the letters A through Z.”
Poland: Getting Residence Permit
Becca of p3 compares her experience of getting registered Brussels to that of getting registered in Poland: “Brussels take note: Poland is well known for its inability to carry out the simplest procedure without metres and metres of red tape. If they can sort my paperwork for me in just...
Poland: Endless Attempts at Building a Coalition
The beatroot discusses the coalition-building process in Poland, nearly eight months after the general election: “Will this charade ever end? A coalition has just been signed, but it’s 19 votes short of a parliamentary majority. Which means, if my meager mathematics is correct, that this is no coalition at all.”
Czech Republic: Child Prostitution
Bored in Brno writes about child prostitution in the Czech Republic and how it is being ignored by the local media.
Iran: A Wealthy Useless Journal!
Farjami (Persian) criticized the wealthiest journal in country, Ettelaat. He says Ettelaat with tens of buildings and hundreds of workers has a useless site and its paper journal's graphic is scandalous. Blogger adds all this public money poured in this journal is just throwing it in a well. He says...
The Boycott from Both Sides of the Border
It's a public holiday for the much of the world. In fact, I'm severely disappointed if you're reading this in anything other than pajamas. Though International Workers Day (better known as “May Day”) was first established in the United States after the Haymarket Riot, government fear of spreading socialism caused...