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29 May 2006

Stories from 29 May 2006

Bolivia: “The Evo and Hugo Show”

Jim Shultz, referring to the recent media coverage on the relationship between Evo Morales and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, writes: “One of the interesting things about having lived in and...

Togo: Books by Blogger's Friends

Kangni Alem directs us (Fr) to novels recently released by his friends Sara Vidal, Amba Till and Adelaide Fassinou on topics such as love and the border between Benin and...

Martinique: Boat Parking in the Way of Beach Enjoyment

Bien Vu complains (Fr) that a Martiniquan municipality is prioritizing the parking of catamarans along a local beach over the comfort and enjoyment of bathers in order to generate revenue.

Be irrepressible! a campaign for global internet freedom

As more and more nations carve up the so-called global, borderless internet into separate spheres of control through filtering and censorship, often using technology supplied by large IT companies, Amnesty...

China: Raising fuel prices, raising tempers

As China's economy continues to grow, so too do the kinds of complaints that come with modern life. And while gas prices are kept lower than can be found in...

East Timor reported by the Lusophone Blogosphere

Seven years after the end of Indonesian rule -- becoming the newest world nation in May 2002 -- and having gone through what was viewed as a successful nation building...

Russia: Pogrom Instead of Gay Pride

LJ user greenmih posts photos from the pogrom that took place in Moscow on Saturday instead of the gay pride parade, which had been banned by Moscow's mayor (RUS). Riot...

Russia: Moscow Roma

Julia (LJ user kunstkamera) posts striking photos of the Roma living in Moscow (RUS). She went to their camp together with a friend – who, at one point, even lent...

India: Women and Helplines

Smita has a positive experience with a helpline for women, as some fellow passengers in the bus seem to need more than just gentle nudging.

India: Media and the bias

Just how balanced is the media when it comes to reporting on some issues? Abi discusses how a new channel appears to ignore one set of demonstrations while highlighting the...

Sri Lanka: Mahinda and the Tamils

Six months after the election – where does Mahinda stand with respect to his strategy on Tamil issues? More at Transcurrents.com.

Sri Lanka: Job losses and India

Given that a lot of outsourcing jobs go to India, Janapathi in the context of transnational job losses – ponders on why Sri Lankan executives lose their jobs to Indians.

Nepal Moving Towards Peace Talks

After the victory of the April Revolution, and a major House Proclamation that has seriously curbed the powers of the king and renamed the army from Royal Nepal Army to...

Nepal: Quotes from the streets

Blogdai reports from Nepal – quotes and photographs from the street. An observation on grafitti – “Their political grafitti–often in phrases that span over hundreds of meteres–admonishes any and all...

Ethiopia: More websites barred.

RSF report that three more Ethiopian blogs have been barred Ethiomedia.com, Freeourleaders.org and Nazret.com

Costa Rica, Peru: Same-Sex Marriage Ban and Anti-Homophobia Vigil

Rounding up LGBT news in Latin America, Andrés Duque writes that Costa Rica's Constitutional Court ratified a same-sex marriage ban. An anti-homophobia candlelight vigil will take place in Lima, Peru...

Jordan: Unemployment

The percentage of educated individuals is continuously increasing and the number of schools and universities is on the rise as well; this is one of the successful trades and business...

Tunisia: Cactus customs

Some strange customs in Tunisian culture. To bring a guest through the kitchen door is humiliating to the house owner. Worse would be if the guest sees the house owner...

Syria: Six years in power

Six years into his administration, how significant are the reforms Bashar Al Assad put in place? Read Rime Allaf's opinion.

Serbia & Montenegro: Photos of the Missing Albanians of Kosovo

Doug Muir of A Fistful of Euros writes about a wall of photos of 2,000 missing Albanians next to the government building in Pristina, Kosovo, the story behind these photos...

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