10 January 2007

Stories from 10 January 2007

The rest of the world welcomes the Apple iPhone

  10 January 2007

Mobbing the iPhone yesterday at Macworld. Photo by Malabooboo We didn't want to have to write this article. As Global Voices‘ Latin America editor/Spanish translator/Digest dude David Sasaki wrote on one of our mailing lists yesterday, “I have low tolerance for the amount of internet bandwidth dedicated to the latest...

Nepal: Blogs and Democracy

  10 January 2007

Two years of Blogdai sees some congratulatory notes that reflect on blogs and democracy. “Nepali blogs are talking about bloggers daily lives, politics, society and what not. Voices are necessary in democracy. They are more important in a transitional situation like in today's Nepal. “

Cambodia: Pollution Concerns

  10 January 2007

Chlim01 is concerned about the risk of oil spills on the Mekong river after reading a report that is talking about China using Mekong river to ship oil to its south western province of Yunnan. Mekong river originates in China and flows through Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. The...

Venezuela: Nationalization of CANTV and Caracas Electricity

  10 January 2007

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was sworn in on Monday, laying out an ambitious plan to speed up and strengthen his “socialist revolution.” (Video in Spanish here) Daniel Duquenal, however, labels Chavez's “21st Century Socialism” “Rehashed Communism” and looks at what the nationalization of CANTV and Electricidad de Caracas could mean...

Philippine free press under attack

  10 January 2007

Since the fall of Marcos dictatorship in 1986, the Philippine press has been described as one of the freest in the world. But in recent years, various groups have taken notice of the widespread attacks on Philippine media. Many journalists from the provinces have been murdered The government closed down...

Turkmenistan: Reforms on Tap?

  10 January 2007

Sean Roberts lists reforms proposed by the front-runner to become Turkmenistan's next president. Roberts analyzes why the next president will be under pressure to reform, why he will need engagement from the West, and why the US should support reforms.

Sri Lanka: The Ethnic and the Military Problem

  10 January 2007

Greenhornet.lk on the two problems in Sri Lanka – ethnic and military. “An acquaintance of mine summed it up this way: “If you kill one person, you get to go to jail. If you kill a thousand, you get to go for peace talks”.”

Pakistan: On Fred Bremner

  10 January 2007

Light Within on Fred Bremner. “He was not a diplomat, historian or a journalist, yet his photographs and publications have become an important source of historic records of the cities, events, places and people in Pakistan.”

Bangladesh: On Senator Kennedy

  10 January 2007

Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying on Senator Edward Kennedy and his support for Bangladesh. “His was one of the lonely voices in the United States government that defended the right of the Bengali people to exist. He spoke out against the massacres, the rapes, and the persecution when...

Argentina: Buenos Aires Blog Roundup

  10 January 2007

Alan Patrick is back with his fifth installment of the Buenos Aires Blog Roundup including a nod to a Baires blogger-cum-body-waxer who graciously clarifies, “I dont even mind if you ask me to do shapes like hearts and stars in it.” If you'd like to get to know more about...

Uzbekistan: Presidential Mandate Expires

  10 January 2007

Ben Paarmann marks the expiration of the mandate of Uzbekistan's president, Islam Karimov. The funny thing is, he still is in office, and there has been no public mention of coming elections. Ben explains what is going on, and speculates on different ways that the president may extend his time...

Colombia: Creative Commons-licensed Music

  10 January 2007

Highlighting Colombian music released with Creative Commons licenses, Carolina Botero presents the album “Colombitis” [ES] by trio “Colombita.” Also mentioned are “Gaita Negra” and salsa group Calambuco whose songs can be heard on hi5.

India: Feminism and the beasts

  10 January 2007

Some recent posts commenting on the supposed radical nature of feminism or the behaviour of women have Falstaff asking if it's National Chauvinism Week. Kaleidoglide asks where she can find these fantastic beasts.

Kazakhstan: HIV Crisis

  10 January 2007

KZBlog notes that doctors and officials who made errors leading to the infection of 84 children and 12 women with HIV in the southern Kazakhstani city of Shymkent have been charged with crimes, and that a new report says Kazakhstan has 7,000 HIV case, though the real figure is probably...

Armenia: Blogging for Social Good

  10 January 2007

Onnik Krikorian links to Gavar Special School, a school educating special needs students in Armenia's Gegharkunik Region. He goes on to discuss how blogs are better than static sites for drawing attention to charities and also for improving news websites.

Bolivia: Protests Turn Violent in Cochabamba

  10 January 2007

A rally calling for the resignation of Governor Manfred Reyes Villa turned violent in Cochabamba on Monday, writes Cochabamba resident Jim Shultz, who goes on to detail the political fall out, concluding that the call for Reyes-Villa’s resignation was “a political miscalculation.” Day two resulted in an even larger –...

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