20 December 2006

Stories from 20 December 2006

France, Minorities: Integration v. Identity Politics

  20 December 2006

Pondering the tension between integration and now fashionable identity politics, Fenetres Sur/Windows On writes (Fr): “Can we really demand recognition of our “community”, desire to live as such, outside of the common trunk of citizens and at the same time ask for the same rights as everybody else? We need...

Haiti: Saving Local Soccer

  20 December 2006

Collectif Haiti de Provence laments (Fr) that local soccer team The Racing Club d'Haiti is on its way to extinction for lack of sponsorship by both government and alums in the diaspora.

India: The Martial Race

  20 December 2006

Amardeep Singh on the myth of martial races in colonial India. “And recently I've been reading a book on the Gurkha regiments, (Byron Farwell's The Gurkhas), and after reading a number of chapters I'm ready to throw out the designation entirely. “

India: Reservations and Muslims

  20 December 2006

Indian Muslims on exclusive spaces in Higher Education for minorities. “I do not support exclusive schools and colleges for a particular community because they just are a blow to the secular ethics of this country.”

Sri Lanka: On Chikungunya

  20 December 2006

Having affected large parts of India, chikungunya is now in Sri Lanka. indi.ca says “When I first heard of Chikungunya I thought it was a joke. It is a laughable name given to a very serious disease, now an epidemic in Sri Lanka.”

Nepal: The refugees from Bhutan

  20 December 2006

Democracy For Nepal on the 100,000 refugees from Bhutan. “The same chauvinistic thinking among the Nepali elite that has kept some five million Madhesis deprived of citizenship papers for decades worked among the Bhutani elite to kick these people out of Bhutan”

Trinidad & Tobago: World Cup Cricket Visa Requirements

  20 December 2006

“Aussie cricket fans are furious about new visa entry requirements to go to World Cup matches in Antigua, Jamaica and Barbados. It's the first time they have ever needed such visas, and they go at a whopping $128 a piece.” The Caribbean Beat blog wonders about the wisdom of the...

Barbados: Harold Hoyte Retires

  20 December 2006

“After 31 years, Harold Hoyte is retiring from The Nation News…the largest circulation newspaper in the country is still a major influence in Barbados – but it is no longer owned and controlled by Barbados citizens.” Does that matter? Barbados Free Press thinks so.

Ukraine: Chernobyl Rumors

  20 December 2006

MoldovAnn writes about the most recent Chernobyl scare: “One guy had a chance to check the news on the internet before dinner, and read a report that a wall on the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant had collapsed, releasing a bunch of radioactive dust into the air. The report advised to...

Ukraine: “Return of Frankenstein?”

  20 December 2006

Foreign Notes documents yet another step on Ukraine's path back to the pre-Orange Revolution past: “If the bill is approved it will enable the pre-OR guys in the CEC, including its chairman Serhiy Kivalov [now a PoR VR deputy,] and the other cheats to return.”

Serbia: Finding Karadzic and Mladic

  20 December 2006

Finding Karadzic writes about a Belgrade paper's attempt to help find Karadzic and Mladic: “Belgrade's Glas Javnosti has just outed the top 99 aiders and abettors of Karadzic and Mladic. Such a move will doubtlessly put more pressure on these cronies, most of whom are not well known public figures....

Serbia: Belgrade

  20 December 2006

Eric Gordy of East Ethnia lists things he likes about Belgrade – as well as “other things”: “Beogradski radio: Every station, including the ones I don't like, has its individual character.”

Iran:Holocaust Seminar and its Costs

  20 December 2006

Abtahi, a reformist politician, writes about Holocaust seminar in Iran.The blogger says :what is the reasoning behind the idea that the Iranian nation should pay for a historical research on a topic that has got nothing to do with Iran?It is really cruel that the people around the world consider...

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