24 October 2006

Stories from 24 October 2006

Trinidad & Tobago: Anti-smelter movement gains momentum

  24 October 2006

The movement protesting the establishment of an aluminium smelter in a community in south-western Trinidad gains momentum with the setting up of a protest camp in the north of the island, reports the Rights Action T&T blog. The camp will be launched on Friday to coincide with a demonstration in...

Japan: war crime confession

  24 October 2006

Alexpappas in Japundit blogs about the confession of a 84 years old former Japanese military medic's confession of human torturing during the WWII.

China: city without dogs

  24 October 2006

In preparation for the Olympics, Beijing city government is now catching street dogs without proper license. Han song wrote a short piece fiction on “city without dogs” (zh).

Trinidad & Tobago, UK: Review of “Londonistan”

  24 October 2006

Trinidad blogger Jeremy Taylor reviews the book Londonistan by British journalist Melanie Phillips: “What causes intelligent people to slither across the political spectrum from left to right (and sometimes the other way) as they get older? When she was a young journalist, Melanie Phillips used to write outstandingly sensible and...

Bahamas: Violence in cabinet

  24 October 2006

Sir Arthur Foulkes is highly critical of the handling by the Bahamian Prime Minister of a fight between two members of parliament in the Cabinet room.

St. Vincent & the Grenadines: Rewriting the anthem

  24 October 2006

St. Vincent & the Grenadines blogger Abeni wonders whether her country's national anthem could be re-written: “It's clear that verse was written from the perspective of the main island-St Vincent. So,what do the people of the Grenadines do when it gets to verse 3?“

Tajikistan: Why are you running?

  24 October 2006

At neweurasia, Vadim reports that Tajik presidential candidates are rather reluctant to take on the incumbent, leading him to conclude that they are indeed window dressing to make the election look more democratic than it is.

Armenia: Kashatagh

  24 October 2006

Notes From Hareinik draws attention to the depopulation of Kashatagh, territory captured by Armenian during and settled by Armenians after the war between Azerbaijan and Armenia.

Africa: African blog for Best of Blog Award

  24 October 2006

Black Looks has been nominated for Best of Blog Award, “Received this email yesterday: Black Looks has been selected as one of 10 nominees in the Best Weblog/English category of the Best of the Blogs (www.thebobs.com), making Black Looks open to two awards. The first comes from the BOBs’ jury...

Zimbabwe: are you mad?, UNDP asked

  24 October 2006

Kubatana Blog writes about the initiative by the UNDP in Zimbabwe to broker meetings between the government and the civil society organizations, “In response to this initiative, a few civic and human rights organisations have asked, “are you mad?” – you want us to speak with a Government that brutally...

Costa Rica Bloggers on CAFTA and other issues

  24 October 2006

The Tico Bloggers are posting on two main subjects this past week: the two day long CAFTA protests and the bill the government is writing which would ban weapon production in Costa Rican territory. Other topics are political corruption up high and the power of a musical request.

Albania: Homemade Raki

  24 October 2006

“…After two weeks, the grapes were ready to be turned into raki. First they were loaded into the still…” – Step by step, Our Man in Tirana shows how a container full of homegrown grapes eventually yields 12 liters of homemade raki.

India: Going Nuclear

  24 October 2006

The long dark tea time of the soul discusses going nuclear with respect to India and if it has helped at all. “We have achieved absolutely nothing by having nuclear weapons. And lost a lot. Nuclear war reduces the whole paradigm of war to a competition of which country can...

India: Rescuing Wildlife

  24 October 2006

The Doodle Spot looks into the issues that come up when ordinary people rescue wildlife. “Handicapped by the lack of guidelines that prescribe how to rear, where to rehabilitate these animals and with little scientific background and usually nil post-rehab monitoring, it is difficult for rehabilitators to judge if their...

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