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8 December 2006

Stories from 8 December 2006

Serbia: Vojislav Seselj on Hunger Strike

  8 December 2006

As the parliamentary poll comes closer Vojislav Seselj‘s hunger strike makes good publicity for the Serbian Radical Party. He is accused of committing crimes against humanity as the leader of a paramilitary force during the civil war in Bosnia & Herzegovina. After all, most of the charges relate to verbal...

Voices from Central Asia

  8 December 2006

Anara – by teokaye Anara is one of the ‘youth at risk’ that took part in the weekend trip. Instead of going to school, she supports her family by collecting plastic bags at Dordoi bazaar, a massive clothing market made up of thousands of containers. Kyrgyz-US relations The killing of...

Bolivia: EU to Demand Visas

  8 December 2006

Jorge Gobbi, commenting on news that the EU will soon formally demand every bolivian citizen that enters this region to previously obtain a visa, writes, “Eventually, only those with the right passport will be able to backpack around the world. Or am I being to pessimistic today? Eduardo Avila has...

Trindad & Tobago: Smelting or Listening?

  8 December 2006

Jeremy Taylor wishes there were some way to “impress on a government the wisdom of listening” as debate rages on about the construction of aluminium smelter plants in Trinidad and Tobago.

Zimbabwe: passports in short supply

  8 December 2006

Can you believe this?: “We have had fuel shortages, forex shortages and now – passports! One wonders what’s next? I was thinking aloud what would happen if there was a shortage of condoms,” reports Kubatanablogs. This is the country whose currency has an expiration date!

Uganda: public transport in Kampala

  8 December 2006

How many Ugandans does it take to get a shared minivan from Kampala to Entebbe? Jackfruity has the answer for you: “three to load the back of the vehicle with bags of grain and sacks of live chickens; two to strap foam mattresses to the top; one to yell at...

Senegal: Contraception and the Imam's Daughter

  8 December 2006

At Blog Politique du Senegal, Senegalais Scientifique comments on a local news story about an Imam's daughter having a baby out of wedlock by a European(Fr): “the most unsettling part of the story is … not that she had a baby with a European … but rather that she got...

What the Saudis are Talking About

  8 December 2006

So far, the topic of “woman driving” has resurfaced, a rape case sentencing made headlines, women doctors were asked to leave a lecture hall while men doctors were allowed to stay, and bearded men raided a stage. And that is just the tip of the iceberg. On the case of...

Kenya: musical link

  8 December 2006

Steve Ntwiga posts a Swahili track, Christina, by the Kenyan band, Maroon Commandos: “So, lets kick off the weekend with just a little more of this group since we already have something very cool going on. Today’s Maroon Commando’s track is Christina from the album Kusema na Kufanya.”

Ethiopia: leveraging poverty

  8 December 2006

Ethiopundit puts the Ethiopian government dispute with Starbucks over trademark in a historical perspective, ” Again? You see dear reader, back in 2002, Meles ran the same con game on Nestle and it worked. He cleverly crafted an image of a big bad corporation greedily going after the money of...

Somalia: UN peacekeepers in Somalia

  8 December 2006

Ethan Zuckerman asks whether sending UN peacekeepers to Somalia is a good thing, “The presence of UN peacekeepers is clearly provocative to UIC forces, who say they’ll consider UN troop “an invading force” – does it make sense to try to destabilize the one force that’s provided stability in Southern...

India: Cricket for all seasons in Mumbai

  8 December 2006

Metroblogging Mumbai on cricket in the city. “Cricketers from Bombay, bring the die hard, play in all conditions, no nonsense spirit that is the embodiment of Bombay. An example of how seriously we take our cricket is the fact that we have a special tournament, the Kanga League played only...

Nepal: Hopes for Peace

  8 December 2006

Sepia Mutiny on hopes in Nepal for peace. “Will the symbolic deposition of the King and the advent of a permanent democratic government be enough of a change to bring the country back together after 10 years of civil war?”

India: Marathon in Pune

  8 December 2006

Some wonderful photographs by the shad king of a marathon in Pune. “There were an estimated 35,000 participants in this year’s marathon. Of course, the term “marathon” is used very loosely to cover the 4.5k AIDS charity run, the 10k event, 3k for the little kids etc etc.”

Bangladesh: Starting Over

  8 December 2006

Morris the pen on starting over. “This is part of a series of articles in the press raising awareness about survivors of rape, trafficking and other trauma.”

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