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9 May 2006

Stories from 9 May 2006

Extensive Flooding in Suriname

  9 May 2006

HEAVY FLOODING has affected more than 157 villages in Suriname over the past 48 hours and 15,000 people have been displaced already. “Operation Falawatra” (Operation “Low Tide”), the government's aid operation currently being carried out by the national army and police, has been hampered because of continued torrential rainfall, and...

Russia: Ethnic Subbotnik

Amid ethnic and racial tensions, Moscow experiences something different for a change: a group of “Africans from over twenty countries (Congo and Ethiopia included), Iranians, and Iraqis [were] all raking leaves as part of a subbotnik organized by Opora, a Moscow NGO run by Ethiopian Dr. Gezahgn Wordofa. This was...

Costa Rica: A Personal Account of the President

  9 May 2006

Writing from San José, Costa Rica, Adam Isacson shares his first-hand account of the inauguration of his former boss, Oscar Arias and former co-worker-turned-vice-president, Kevin Casas. “(I admit I had trouble treating Kevin with the deference his new position requires. In retrospect, saying “hey man, you’re Costa Rica’s Dick Cheney...

Chile: Atina Blog Awards

  9 May 2006

Atina Chile has a heart-warming video, set of photos, and description (ES) of the awards ceremony of the Atina Blog Awards. For anyone who has been following Chile's blog community for some time, these are the faces and smiles behind the incredible words and energetic movement.

Mexico, Argentina: Encouraging Free Culture

  9 May 2006

The winners of the “Mexicommons Creativity Contest” have been announced (ES). You can download the winning songs, podcasts, photographs, and designs from the post. The site Bienes Comunes (Common Good) has a list of works (ES) from Argentina that will be included on a DVD to be presented at the...

Peru: Another Blogger Suicide

  9 May 2006

Following an unfortunately established precedent, “Leuzor” of BlogsPerú laments (ES) the suicide of Andres Kishimoto (ES), a blogger described by (ES) El Comercio as “a young 26-year-old psychologist and author of several books on existentialism.”

Nepal: The Counter Revolution

  9 May 2006

Nepali Netbook on the (Counter)Revolution – “It must be a testimony to our twisted times that, in a matter of a fortnight, Nepalis have graduated from discussing a nebulous “total democracy” to deliberating on the threat of a “counterrevolution.””

Nepal: On The Democracy Fast Track

  9 May 2006

As they try and undo the damage done by the Monarchy, Legal News From Nepal reports “months after the controversy and protests, the King in October last year, had promulgated an ordinance to amend some laws related to the media, imposing severe restrictions on the free press.”

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