Stories from 24 November 2006
Mexico: Criminal Complaint Against Fox
Writes Colin Brayton, translating an excerpt from El Universal: “Members of the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO) filed a criminal complaint, charging genocide, forcible disappearance of persons, and human rights violations, against President Vicente Fox and his Secretary of Governance, Carlos Abascal, as well as Oaxaca governor...
Iran:Fifa suspends Iran for ‘government meddling’
According to news, Fifa suspends Iranian Football (Soccer) team because of alleged government meddling. Kamangir says recently, in his efforts to change everything at his will, Ahmadinejad assigned one of his allies as the head of the sports’ organization. Consequently, to find someone else to blame for Iran’s loss in...
Explaining the inspiration to start a blog, “Bacata” writes, “I decided to set this blog so to allow the English speaking people that are interested in knowing about Colombia have an idea of Colombia. For many people overseas Colombia is a lawless state, which before the war in Afghanistan and...
Ecuador: Too Close to Call
Heading into Ecuador's presidential elections this Sunday, Boz says the race is too close to call.
No Congress Debate for Abortion in Chile
With 61 votes in favor, the lower house of the Chilean congress decided to not legalize abortion and declared it “unacceptable”. 21 votes were against there were 3 abstentions. Quemarlasnaves (ES) posts about the democratic sense that involved the decision: La decisión del Presidente de la Cámara, respaldada por la...
Thailand: Thai Bridge Blogger Translates Intellectual's Book
Thai bridge bogger at Fringer.org has translated thai intellectual Dr. Nidhi Eoseewong‘s book titled “The Culture of Poverty” from Thai to English. The blogger offers the translation as a free download. The book is a collection of essays that will help anyone interested in Thailand to better understand the culture...
Trinidad & Tobago: Musical credit where credit's due
Applauding Jamaican dancehall star Sean Paul's triumph at the American Music Awards, caroline.neisha at the Caribbean Beat weblog expresses hopes that Trinidadian artists will one day achieve similar success: “I don't think our culture needs to be validated or recognised by any other culture in order to be valuable… But...
China: Videos emerge of clashes between police and students in Jiangxi
Hot on the heels of the Chinese government's claim of a 22.1% reduction in “mass incidents” (read “protests”), here's some more video of “mass incidents” from China, in case you missed this portion of John Kennedy's latest Beijing bulletin: Backing up to China late last month, students at one technical...
Sudan: Sudanese blogosphere blossoming
The blossoming of Sudanese blogosphere, via Sudanese Thinker.
Sudan: Democratic victory, Darfur's loss
John Akec argues that the control of both the Senate and House by the Democratic majority after the US mid-term elections is a loss for South Sudan and Darfur, “I am very concerned that the good days of handshake by Sudan opposition leaders with the US president in the Oval...
Thailand: Unknown Fruit
The bloggers at Eating Asia discover a new fruit in the streets of Chiang Mai. “Two days later our 60 baht-a-kilo dien taw was ‘very, very’ soft and ready to eat. I cut it in half to find two burnished brown seeds and smooth, starchy golden flesh. Dien taw's texture...
Sudan: brain gain
Are you a Sudanese living abroad? Do you want to go home and serve your country? The UNDP has a special programme for you.
Cambodia: Meeting a Legend
Vireak has a chance encounter with a legendary Khmer dancer. “Neak Kru Em Theay was one of the most famous dancers of the Royal Palace during the 50s to 70s. She has been commonly known as the Tenth dancer or the Tenth Apsara and is the only survivor amongst the...
Malawi: redefining development
Afrika-Aphukira redefines development in Malawi, “Ten or so years ago I would have interpreted ‘development’ in a specific way: the sprouting of new, big and tall buildings, and new tarmac roads, in Malawi’s cities, towns and rural areas. In the last six or so years I have come to think...
D.R. of Congo: post-election analysis
The Salon analyzes the politics of the Democratic Republic of the Congo following the presidential election results.
D.R. of Congo: who set the Supreme Court on fire?
Following the announcement of election results in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, some angry voters decided to set the Supreme Court offices on fire. Eye on Africa does not get it.
Tajikistan: Misunderstood Activists
Alexander of neweurasia reports that four activists of the opposition Democratic Party of Tajikistan who were arrested for an unauthorized rally and have now been released say that the government misunderstood their intentions.
Kyrgyzstan: Rough Winter
Due to economic problems and unreliability and high prices for energy and heating, Kyrgyz Report says that Kyrgyzstan is in for a rough winter.
Kazakhstan: Religious Tolerance
KZBlog reports on religious and ethnic tolerance in Kazakhstan in the wake of the destruction of the only Hare Krishna community in the country.
South Africa: protecting online content
Jacobson Attorneys on how South Africans can protect their online content, “I am going to focus on content that is made available online (shared photos, videos, music as well as content on web sites like blogs) although I will probably deal with offline content to a degree.”
South Africa: criminal charges against website founder
Criminal charges have been filed against Neil Watson, the founder of Crime Expo South Africa website, which was taken off-line recently, Crimexposouthafrica reports.