5 May 2006

Stories from 5 May 2006

Trinidad & Tobago: Another take on the smelter issue

  5 May 2006

Valarauka mistrusts the information being put forward by opponents of smelter project in southern Trinidad. “My opinion, as an economist, is that there is, as always, a more dynamic solution to this issue than the naysayers suggest,” he writes. “That is, I think we can have our clean air, our...

Bolivia: Will nationalizing gas mean more money for Bolivia?”

  5 May 2006

Adam Isacson pegs the crucial question for Bolivia's decision to nationalize its gas resources: “will Morales’ nationalization just push Bolivia to the other end of the bell curve, to the point where disinvestment keeps the country from getting enough of its gas reserves to market?” Here is a very clear...

Mexico: Riots in San Salvador Atenco

  5 May 2006

In a story that has barely gotten mention in the English-language press, Ulises Mejia writes about the riots which erupted in the town of San Salvador Atenco near Mexico City. In Spanish, Jay of Arkham Asylum says that he has “lost all of the little faith that I had in...

India: Reporting Grief – Insensitively

  5 May 2006

Does the media have the right to publish everything they capture on their camera? The death of the abducted engineer in Afghanistan plunged his family into grief. Pictures of his family coping with their grief were flashed on various news channels. War for News reports “There's a peculiar elitism that...

The State of the Argentine Blogosphere: Jujuy

  5 May 2006

Jujuy a northern province of Argentina, pegged between the province of Salta, Bolivia, and Chile. It's one of the most beautiful places of the country, but also one of the poorest. Jujuy's touristic potential has just begun to be exploited a few years ago. And it also hosts an interesting...

Sri Lanka: So Much For Press Freedom Day

  5 May 2006

Jeyaraj at Transcurrents comments on the irony of a Tamil journalist being arrested on World Press Freedom Day. “It is learnt that she was detained initially by ministerial security division personnel in charge of Foreign Affairs minister Mangala Samaraweera who suspected her of being a woman suicide bomber targetting the...

Egypt: Happy B'day Mr. President

“I hope many happy returns for the day for Mr. Hosni Mubarak as a human not as a president , i will be very happy so much when I see you next year with God's will aways from the presidency office , not as the president and not as the...

Jordan: Race and Racism

The ultimate question for me was why would a specific race automatically consider other races less important and less civilized than it? The answer I've reached wasn't sophisticated; racism isn't concentrated over hating the other; racism is about self-idolizing, it's about arrogance and pride, hence, the different is unconsciously less,...

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