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16 January 2007

Stories from 16 January 2007

Mexico: IHOP in San Pedro

  16 January 2007

Noting the recent arrival of American restaurants like Chilis and Starbucks, Ocho Cuartos is still a bit surprised to hear that IHOP, or International House of Pancakes, will be making its debut [ES] in the upscale Monterrey neighborhood of San Pedro.

Bolivia: Waiting in Cochabamba, Making Demands in El Alto

  16 January 2007

Writing from Cochabamba, Jim Shultz reports that soldiers are maintaining at least a façade of calm while Bolivia Rising translates an article from La Razón about demands from El Alto for the immediate resignations of Cochabamba Prefect Manfred Reyes Villa and La Paz Prefect Jose Luis Paredes.

Guatemala: Apocalypto in Context

  16 January 2007

Nowadays about 80% percent of the population in Guatemala has their genetic and cultural origins in ancient Mayan culture; that was not a uniform group but a Society formed by alliances among several groups in Mesoamerica, reaching its highests point in the Classical Period. The biggest mayan city, Tikal, is...

Chile: Burning Alive

  16 January 2007

Chileno points his sarcastic pen first at a man who burned himself alive (only to jump into a nearby fountain) and then the Chilean telecommunications monopoly, Telefónica.

Colombia: A Dirty War Against Paramilitaries?

  16 January 2007

“In early December, shortly after President Álvaro Uribe confined most of Colombia's paramilitary leadership in a maximum-security prison, an article in El Tiempo, the country's most-circulated newspaper, contended that the paramilitaries had one ‘secret weapon’ left. If they felt they were getting a bad deal out of the negotiation process,...

Russia: Earthquake Threat

  16 January 2007

White Sun of the Desert writes in the aftermath of a recent and not-so-distant earthquake: “That you live in an earthquake zone and are a potential target for a building collapse or a tsunami are easy things to forget for a Brit, but in any case there is precious little...

Russia: End of Amnesty in Chechnya

  16 January 2007

David McDuff of A Step At A Time translates an article on Chechnya: “Today (January 15) marks the end of the amnesty for members of armed groups and federal servicemen which was declared by the Russian State Duma in September 2006. According to the data of the various law enforcement...

Sri Lanka: 25 years of peace, 25 years of violence

  16 January 2007

indi.ca on the need for speeding up the peace process. “If 25 years was too long for a political solution, then 25 is far too long for violence. Sri Lanka needs to return to civility, and it needs time to heal. That has to start with Tamil voices, but the...

Sri Lanka: Tourism and Suicide Bombers

  16 January 2007

groundviews on sea, sand, tourism and suicide bombers. “But it seems that no amount of catchy slogans and idyllic images of sun, sea and sand can deter some people from the grim reality.”

Nepal: Arms And the Government

  16 January 2007

Nepal Monitor on the interim constitution and messages to Nepal from the world. “Foreign nations congratulate Nepal on the promulgation of a new interim constitution. Both the United States of America and India emphasize arms management before forming an interim government.”

Nepal: On Western Media and more

  16 January 2007

Blogdai is a little annoyed with the portrayal of Nepal in the western media. “he lazy Western media has never once waivered from their “we don't care what happens in Nepal, as long as they call it democracy” stance.”

Sri Lanka: Looking down over Galle

  16 January 2007

Almost as good as chocolate on Galle in Sri Lanka. “Looking down over Galle, I wished for Galle and Sri Lanka a lasting peace that such a beautiful place and such a warm people truly deserve.

Iran:Muslim Bloggers Conference

  16 January 2007

In Muslim Bloggers we read that on Thursday there will be the first meeting and conference where members of Muslim Bloggers can participate and meet each other. In their blog we read that their goal is to react against Satan's activities in information field and to promote Islam in cyber...

Iran:Forced to Silence

  16 January 2007

Kianoosh Sanjari,a blogger and reporter who was recently released from prison, says authorities made it clear for him that he has no right to write about his experience in prison or to criticise government.The blogger says they made it clear that I can not even talk with media.He says if...

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