18 April 2007

Stories from 18 April 2007

Nigeria: state of emergency to be declared?

  18 April 2007

Will the state of emergency be declared in Nigeria?: “So just like I wasn’t surprised with the handling of the (s)elections last weekend, I will not be staggered in the slightest if a STATE OF EMERGENCY is declared. But lets get one thing straight…It will be the beginning of the...

Lusosphere Reports The First Round of East Timor's Elections

  18 April 2007

Timor-Leste is holding its first national election as an independent nation, and the vote counting now indicates the need for a second round to decide the next President. The voting occurred on April 9 and the counting process has generated some perplexing news, which should be expected in a country with no previous electoral experience. Less expected was the fact that the spokesman for the National Electoral Commission (CNE), Father Martinho Gusmão, delivered his press conferences in four languages one after the other -- Tetum, Portuguese, Indonesian and English. After raising serious concerns by personally expressing doubts about 'illogical' outcomes from the ballot processing, Father Gusmão was removed and explanations were presented by other officials. See what Portuguese sources are reporting...

Trinidad & Tobago: Anamunthodo Freed

  18 April 2007

Anita Anamunthodo, mother of four-year-old Amy who was raped and beaten to death in Trinidad last year, was yesterday freed on six charges of willful neglect and child abandonment. Francomenz notices parallels between what happened in that case and journalist BC Pires’ diagnosis of a general West Indian malaise.

Cuba: Vitral Closed Due to Lack of Resources

  18 April 2007

Further to media speculation that the Catholic magazine Vitral was closed because of pressure from the Cuban government, Uncommon Sense links to a Catholic News Agency statement that attributes the closure to a lack of resources.

Trinidad & Tobago: Naipaul's Visit

  18 April 2007

Writer (and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, 2001) V.S. Naipaul is in Trinidad for a week of celebrations honouring his 75th birthday year. Jonathan Ali shares his thoughts on the visit.

Jamaica: Elegy for Virginia Tech

  18 April 2007

“What happened…goes beyond what the mind can fathom, the heart can bear, the soul can possess”: Jamaican Geoffrey Philp posts an Elegy for Virginia Tech.

Guyana: Parent-Child Relationship

  18 April 2007

“Everyday, in between silly mother-daughter struggles, we insist on taking care of one another…sometimes we appreciate, sometimes resent because it feel so over-protective; other times, we take it for granted.” Guyana-Gyal examines the parent-child relationship.

Japan: US$900 bid scandal

  18 April 2007

Gyaku has translated some news and documents on a huge scandal of Japanese government in contracting out a new biometric immigration system (finger print identification system) to Accenture Japan Ltd. The bid for this contract was awarded at a price of only 100,000 yen (maintenance services: 90,000 yen, product development...

Taiwan: DIY media activist workshop

  18 April 2007

Inertia from Heterotopias announced the DIY media activist workshop to be help in Taipei end of April [zh]. Details can be found here (en and zh Bilingual site): “There will be several experienced media activists attend this workshop from Hong Kong, Japan, and Korea, including the non-profit art-technology organization and...

China and U.S: Shooter Online Report

  18 April 2007

Graham Webster from Transpacific Triangle noticed that the online journalistic story about Virginia Tech Shooter has been edited with the same URL without mentioning their previous mistake: The papers apparently have used the same URL for their online story on the shooting, continually editing it. In this case, the Times...

Election Ploy: Sarkozy Plans to Add Toussaint Louverture to the Pantheon

  18 April 2007

Alain Mabanckou reposts an article by Haitian radio station Kiskeya discussing French presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkozy's promise to add the names of Toussaint Louverture and Léopold Sédar Senghor to the Pantheon (Fr) in Paris, resting place of French luminaries like Volatire, Marie Curie and Napoleon, if elected. The addition of...

South Korea: The Politics of Pride and Shame

  18 April 2007

Michael Hurt discussed about the politics of pride and shame in South Korea society. His prediction on the social and media reaction on the recent events at Virginia Tech, with the mass murder-suicide of Cho Seung-Hui is very accurate: There is going to be serious national shame, expressed through the...

Asia: Start Drawing

  18 April 2007

startdrawing.org is a web resource portal for Asia's artists and drawings. This site was started with the aim of showcasing and sharing drawings from talented artists in Asia, and in the process, promote the joys of drawing — via Dan Washburn from Shanghaiist.

Nigeria: chaos continues after elections

  18 April 2007

Chaos continues after state elections in Nigeria last Saturday: * Opposition kicks against PDP’s landslide victory * Protests rock Edo, Benue, Osun, others * Mob razes palace in Nasarawa * Half-clad women march against ‘falsification’ of Ondo results * Police teargas Oshiomhole, others in Edo

France: A War of Memory

  18 April 2007

French Congolese poet Alain Mabanckou posts some reflections by Abdourahman Waberi (Fr), a French Djiboutian writer, on the upcoming French presidential elections. Waberi had thought France had “finally woken up” to the concerns of its non-white citizens, but that from the banlieues to the overseas departments rage and resentment remain...

Taiwan: Fabricated News

  18 April 2007

On March 28th, TVBS, the TV station which has been long mocked as “TV Bull Shit”, broadcast some footage that caught the public's eyeballs. The footage, which showed gangster Chou Cheng-pao threatening his former gangster boss with guns, was later broadcast by other cable TV news channels. However, not until...

Kazakhstan: Kokpar

  18 April 2007

It's variously alled buzkashi some places, ulak in others, and “goat polo” to foreigners grasping to understand the sport. In southern Kazakhstan, they call this sport, which involves teams on horseback trying to get a goat carcass into goal or across a goal line, “kokpar.” Michael Hancock describes a match

Kyrgyzstan: Bishkek Baby Sales

  18 April 2007

At The Golden Road to Samarqand, Amira discusses recent reports of the sale of babies from hospital's in Kyrgyzstan's capital, Bishkek. Amira, who spent a lot of time visiting a Kyrgyz baby house (orphanage for babies) when she lived in Bishkek, says that she is glad that Kyrgyzstan is open...

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