Stories from 24 November 2006
Guyana: Little progress on eradicating homophobia
SASOD, the Guyana-based Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination, publishes on their blog a letter sent to the Kaieteur News acknowledging the progress made in other developing countries towards reducing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, and protesting the ineffectiveness of the Ethnic Relations Commission.
Barbados: Waterless toilets
On the eve of the second installment in their series on the water crisis in the country, Barbados Free Press publishes what is, to their knowledge, “the most comprehensive list of waterless toilet information published in Barbados.”
Guyana: Every stale bread?
Turns out that the local ne'er-do-well is one of Guyana-Gyal's admirers. . . .
Guyana: New styles in political talk
Stella Ramsaroop introduces some of the latest additions to the repertoire of rhetorical styles in Guyanese politics, including “Ramotarian dialect”, “Persaudian Grandstanding” and “Ramsaroopian Hyperbole”.
Egypt: Shias Love and Hate Al Jazeera
The Big Pharoah, from Egypt, says that Qatari-backed Al Jazeera channel is loved by the Shia of Lebanon and hated by the Shia of Iraq. In return, he claims that the Sunnis of Iraq love Al Jazeera while the Sunnis of Lebanon hate it.
Iraq: Bloodbath in Baghdad
At least 160 people were killed and 260 wounded in a series of coordinated car bombings and mortar attacks in the Shi’ite district of Sadr City, northeast of Baghdad, writes blogger Zeyad in Healing Iraq. He says the death toll is likely to increase as hospitals in Baghdad struggle to...
Israel: Driving Shimon Peres
Benji Lovitt from Tel Aviv spent two days driving former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres while on a visit to Atlanta, US.
Palestine: UN Official Visit
Palestinian Dr Mona Al Farra reports the visit of a top United Nations humanitarian official to Beit Hanoun. She said residents turned out to see Louise Arbour, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, as she toured the town but were not hopeful her visit would achieve any results.
Omar: CNN Biased Against Syria
Blogger Omar, who lives in Canada, says the media – and especially CNN – are biased against Syria in their coverage of Lebanese Industry Minister Pierre Gemayel's assassination.
Iran:Iranian Bloggers in TV
According to Gbpic,for the first time, two Iranian bloggers, Khabgard & Rooznamehnegarno,are invited to discuss about blogs in Iranian TV [Fa].
Russia: Berezovsky and Litvinenko's Death
Boris Berezovsky's figure in the background makes Copydude skeptical of some aspects of Aleksandr Litvinenko's poisoning story.
Iran:Blog Competition about Aids
Thanks to UNAids, Unicef and Iranian Positive Life Institue [Fa],a blog competition is organised about different subjects such as Women & Aids,Kids & Aids,Life with HIV,False beliefs and Drug Addiction & Aids [Fa].
Croatia: The Angry Baba
The Glory of Carniola posts audio of an old lady cursing violently in Croatian – and a music video created from the soundbite.
Russia: Unusual Protest
The Turkish Invasion and Very Russian write about today's very unusual demonstration in Moscow. LJ user 50×50 posts photos.
Belarus: Lukashenko Rigged Election
According to TOL's Belarus Blog, Aleksandr Lukashenko admits to having rigged the last election. Well, sort of.
Peru, Bolivia: A Ride for the Climate
It has now been over a year since David of Ride for Climate first set off from California to ride throughout Latin America. Here are his latest batch of photos and stories from Peru and Bolivia.
Serbia: Patience for Kosovo
Independence-seeking Kosovo is told to be patient, reports Neretva River.
Latin America: One Laptop Per Child on Windows and OSX
Eduardo Arcos describes how to install the software for the MIT Labs’ One Laptop Per Child [ES] on both Windows and Mac OS X.
Mexico: Maria Estela Godinez
Great news for everyone following the story of Maria Estela Godinez, a Mexican high school student who developed a project that “allows people with speech problems to communicate with the world by moving her hands with a special glove that translates finger movements into text and then to speech.” Ricardo...
This week in the Kenyan blogosphere
Jamaapoa writes about the allegation that the boom in the Nairobi Stock Exchange (NSE) is a result of drug money as claimed by a local politician – Mr. Raila Odinga. Jamaapoa refutes this assertion and writes: There is nothing to stop a drug dealer from using the exchange to cleanse...
Russia: Litvinenko's Death
Aleksandr Litvinenko, a 43-year-old ex-KGB/FSB lieutenant-colonel and a harsh opponent of the Kremlin, died Thursday night of radiation poisoning in London, where he lived under asylum since 2000. In his deathbed statement read out by his friends, Litvinenko was addressing (and implicating) Vladimir Putin: […] You may succeed in silencing...