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17 November 2006

Stories from 17 November 2006

Peru: 600 Days in Lima

Wolfy Becker has been living in Lima for nearly two years now. Here's an insightful look back at how he got there and what life in Lima has been like.

Costa Rica: 55,000 Foreigners to Get Free Residency Renewal

Bob Glass writes: “Due to critical renewal lag times at Immigration, the government will renew 55,000 residencies automatically.  The lucky foreingners are those whose residency cards expire from December 1st...

Costa Rica: “Doing the government's job”

Complaining about Costa Rica's government infrastructure and services, Uri Ridelman reveals a clever bit of citizen safety engineering.

Bolivia: Constituent Assembly Consensus

Bolivia Rising translates a piece from La Razon about the political forces seeking consensus to resolve regulations for the Constituent Assembly which will rewrite the nation's constitution.

Mexico: Protesting Wal-Mart

Erwin Cifuentes describes Tuesday's demonstration at a Wal-Mart store on the outskirts of Mexico City. Colin Brayton adds that “Wal-Mart is accused of having violated Mexican election laws with impunity...

Latin America: Technorati en Español

Martin Varsavsky confirms [ES] that Technorati will soon be available in Spanish. Argentine blogger Mariano Amartino notes [ES], “what's interesting is that, despite the fact that we're just 2% of...

Latin America, Venezuela: Polling Wars

On top of Boz's weekly poll numbers he also ventures into the controversial territory of the Venezuela polling wars and predicts that neither Chavez nor Rosales will win over 54%...

Jamaica: “I am HIV”

It's widely acknowledged, in the Caribbean and elsewhere, that the fear of stigma and discrimination is a major factor preventing people with HIV/AIDS from seeking treatment or from admitting their...

Tanzania: freedom of information

In order to fight corruption effectively, Tanzanians need to have free access to public information, argues Jaduong Metty

Iran:Violence against an Iranian student in UCLA

According to Iraniantruth, Mostafa Tabatabainejad, a UCLA student, was repeatedly stunned with a Taser and then taken into custody when he did not exit the CLICC Lab in Powell Library...

Cambodia: After the Vietnamese Left

Chhay Vet continues his series of memoirs on the recent history of Cambodia. In this episode he recalls the years immidiately after the Vietnamese left Cambodia. The Vietnamse initially attacked...

Philippines: Falling TV Profits

Mike Abundo writes about the falling profits of mainstream television stations in Philippines.”t’s about time Filipinos connected with each other and the rest of the world, instead of the cheap...

Singapore: Retrenchment Compensation

Blueheeler in Singapore applauds the newly lauched compensation scheme for retrenched workers in Malaysia and says that Singapore should implement similar policies.

Thailand: Reason For the Coup

Bangkok Pundit discusses a newspaper story on the reasons that might have prompted the Thai military to stage the coup.

Kenya: Kenyan blogger at 2006 Social Forum

The Indian Social Forum in words and pictures from a Kenyan blogger.

Africa: China/Africa relationship

Africabeat's fascination with China-Africa relationship: a partial explanation.

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