12 July 2006

Stories from 12 July 2006

The Week that Was – Bolivian Blogs

  12 July 2006

According to the National Electoral Court, the ballot count for the July 2 election and referendum was the quickest in history. The composition of the Constituent Assembly has now been finalized and Miguel Centellas of Ciao! helps analyze some of the results and thinks that Samuel Doria Medina’s Unidad Nacional...

Pakistan: Karakorum Highway

  12 July 2006

Adil Najam on the Karakorum Highway. “The souls that pave the way for the modern tarmac road known as the Karakorum Highway (KKH) still seem to flicker amongst the sharp moving shadows of the unstable rocks and the almost countless but crumbly semi-transparent glaciers that constantly threaten its existence.”

Bangladesh: Childhood and after

  12 July 2006

The story of a difficult childhood at Black and Gray. “Children in the biggest shanty in town learn fast to cope with the challenge that life throws at them. Alauddin soon became a carrier of hashish; he would carry bundles of them to different peddlers in the locality.

South Asia: Cricket scores

  12 July 2006

The Man On The Outer reflects on Zizou's headbutt controversy, and how cricket is an extremely challenging game. “Most require certain levels of skill, physical fitness and mental strength to succeed – but cricket demands far more in the last criteria.”

  12 July 2006

The Second Conference of Intellectuals from Africa and the Diaspora – II CIAD is being held in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil from 12 to 14 July 2006. The general theme of the Conference is: “The Diaspora and African Renaissance”. Tomorrow participants will be able to choose among 12 Thematic Groups, subdivided...

North, South, East and West Africa

  12 July 2006

Grandiose Parlour posts an e-mail that is doing the rounds about how to tell people from different parts of Africa apart. “The Cameroonians will borrow money from you to buy champagne; whilst the Ghanaians think they invented politics. The Congolese think they have the best music and the best dancers;...

Nigeria: Power shortages

  12 July 2006

Black Star Journal picks up on a report in a Nigerian newspaper detailing how many residents of the country's chief oil-producing region, Bayelsa, have little to show for the rape of their natural resources by foreign multinationals. “The state, home to one of Nigeria's largest deposits of crude oil, doesn't...

Zidane, Materazzi and FIFA

  12 July 2006

Steve Ntwiga Mugiri comes out of a reclusive period to write about Zidane and racism in soccer. “The onus of dealing with racism on the pitch has fallen on the players themselves,” he writes. “They have taken up the challenge and are tackling the problem head on and are asking...

Zidane and Camus

  12 July 2006

Yebo Gogo delights in a comparison between French soccer captain Zinedine Zidane and the French-Algerian hero of Albert Camus’ novel l'Etranger. “Zidane head butts an opponent, and despite destroying the short remainder of his career, chose his fate — that of the anti-hero,” writes Fontaine.

Zimbabwe: Whither Zimbabwe

  12 July 2006

“On days like this,” writes Zimpundit, “I catch myself wondering what it is going to take for us, the laity in Zimbabwe, to take our destiny from the hands of fate and render our influence on what the future holds for us.”

Gay Pride Dialogue Generates a Blog-gays-sphere

  12 July 2006

The recent weeks have seen several large and diverse crowds gathering in the streets of many cities in Brazil and some other countries. The festivities and celebrations were not painted only with the World Cup colors. The month of June has become also known as the gay pride month, and...

Sudan: Appeal to G8

  12 July 2006

G8 leaders meeting in St. Petersburg on July 15-17 should firmly tell the Sudanese government that it must immediately accept the deployment of a United Nations force to protect civilians in Darfur, Human Rights Watch Africa says.

Poland: President and PM Identical Twins

The beatroot writes about two identical twins who are now running Poland: “Opinion polls have been pretty consistent. Poles would rather not have identical twins who not only shared the same egg but also share the same political outlook in the two top jobs.”

Ukraine: Political Crisis

Europhobia writes about the political crisis in Ukraine: “Ukraine showed signs of hope, and there is still hope there – but it could all too easily go the route of Belarus and slide slowly towards dictatorship.”

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