8 April 2007

Stories from 8 April 2007

Rwanda: Commemorating a 14-Year-Old Genocide

  8 April 2007

April 7th marked the 14th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide and was an official day of remembrance in Rwanda. At Pour Une Afrique Plus Ambitieuse et Volontaire Ravel Thombet wrote [Fr]: “Rwandan youth should free itself of this heavy heritage, born of human stupidity… In my upcoming book Interrogations Troublantes...

Rwanda: Good Hotels

  8 April 2007

Rwanda-based expat Guillaume posts [Fr] a guided tour of his favorite hotels and guest houses in the Rwandan cities of Kigali, Kibuye, Gisenyi, Butare and Cyangugu. It is a greatest hits list so even if you don't read French, know that the cited hotels come recommended by a knowledgeable traveler.

Guadeloupe: New Solar Energy Installation in Le Moule

  8 April 2007

Guadeloupe Attitude posts [Fr] a picture of a solar installation in the town of Le Moule that should help lower carbon dioxyde emission into the island's environment. The blogger explains that the installation was inaugurated March 30th and joins a wider project encompassing 2000 square meters of solar panels in...

Israel: Gaza Predictions

Based off of recent statements from Abbas, Aliyah advises: “Palestinians should also hold onto their hats –and find some basements to hide out in –because I’d wager that the gun battles and assassination attempts going on in Gaza without cease already between Fatah and Hamas, clan against clan, will also...

Jordan: Reconnecting in Amman

The Black Iris recounts the strange etiquette of homecoming…and the odd conversations required: “So no, I don’t feel obligated to “get together” or to “call you”. I don’t want to “catch up”. I don’t want a sit down where people try and gather as much info about your life so...

Israel: Knesset Predictions

Israeli blog Shiloh Musings muses on the predictions given by MK Dr. Arye Eldad, MD, an Israeli Knesset Member: “In Israel, the wars come when they're not expected, and, with the exception of Ehud Barak, rotten governments stick to their seats longer than anybody in their right mind would want...

Lebanon: Random Posts During the Holidays

Lebanon has been on a holiday the past week. Three holidays coincided together. This year happens to be one of those rare years when the liturgical calendars of the Orthodox Christians and Catholic Christians coincide. For that reason, all Lebanese Christian communities celebrated Easter together. Last week also witnessed the...

Egypt: The NYT Discovers Muslim Fashion

The Arabist comments on an article by the New York Times in which the “trials” of being fashionable and a Muslim woman are illustrated:” Ever since I read this New York Times article a few days back about the identitarian fashion issues of Muslim American women I’ve been trying to...

Rwanda: Rwanda to export 3D design system to US

  8 April 2007

Rwanda is set to export 3D computer design system to manufacturing companies in the US: “Capitalising on the growing pool of skilled engineers, the government, with help from SolidWorks Corporation, a US firm is to start an ICT project called Gasabo 3D Design that will convert two dimension (2D) data...

Eritrea:Eritrea bans FGM

  8 April 2007

Akin is happy to hear that FGM is banned in Eritrea: “Learning that Eritrea has banned the practice of Female Genital Mutilation or Circumcision (FGM or FGC) is definitely great news and to be celebrated. It marks a beginning of what should be a wave of the civilising of customs,...

South Africa: Sharing culture: Bring ‘n Braai

  8 April 2007

The Muso writes about a Free Culture event in South Africa: We’re pleased to announce an event the intellectual magnitude of which has not been seen in these parts for some time. Later this month, Larry Lessig, Founder of Creative Commons and Jimmy Wales, Founder of Wikipedia, will be in...

Kenya: US wants Kibaki to remain in power

  8 April 2007

Kenya Democracy Project on America's interest in Kenya's presidential elections: Why on earth would the Americans want Kibaki back in office? Well, because like Moi, he is the devil they know and his government seems to have no qualms whatsoever in doing the bidding for US geo-political interests not just...

Africa: social change through technology

  8 April 2007

White African on social change through technology in Africa: “Kabissa has applied for $500k worth of funding for their new Kabissa 2.0 project with NetSquared. They are talking big ideas. They want to use their knowledge of web-based technology tools to train and help grassroots African organizations grow community, build...

Uganda: Blog Awards, Digital Activism and More

  8 April 2007

A historic moment in the Ugandan blogosphere occurred a few weeks ago as the winners of the 2006 Uganda Best of Blog awards were announced. Since February 2007, local bloggers have been gathering for the Uganda Bloggers Happy Hour, which is held monthly at Mateo's bar in downtown Kampala. The...

Tanzania: tourism in Tanzania

  8 April 2007

Jaduong writes about a damaging postcard message about Tanzania's tourism sector shown on The Amazing Race reality TV: “What prompted me to write about this is a “postcard” from The Amazing Race reality TV program that I came across on the web. Please view the postcard yourself here. The card...

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