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19 April 2007

Stories from 19 April 2007

Colombia: The disappointing debate on paramilitarism in Antioquia

Yesterday finally the long awaited “debate” on paramilitarism in Antioquia department, where President Álvaro Uribe was born and was Governor from 1995 to 1997, was held at the Colombian congress....

Russia: Listening In On the Police; St. Pete Rally

Garry Kasparov’s aide, LJ user abstract2001, has posted recordings of the walkie-talkie conversations of riot police officers deployed for the opposition’s Dissenters’ Marches in Moscow on April 14 and in...

India: Starry Weddings and News

DesiDabba comments on the media frenzy over a star-studded wedding. “The emphasis seems to be more on generating news than reporting news. Agreed that the marriage in first family of...

Nepal: The Maoist Attitude

United We Blog! has a sharp-worded post on the attitude of the Maoists. The post evokes an interesting discussion in the comments space. “Because of its confusing stand, the Maoist...

Water Shortage in Conakry

la plume plus describes the catastrophic effects a long-term shortage of clean water is having on hygiene and human health in Conakry, the capital of Guinea.

Bangladesh: Two parties and a Military strongman

Mash on political developments in Bangladesh. “The military strongman who has taken control of Bangladesh, Lt. General Moeen U Ahmed, is systematically purging the two most popular political parties in...

Bangladesh: Liberation and India

The 3rd World View on a young Indian politician's remarks over India's role in Bangladesh's liberation. “But hey something is missing from the picture. They have wiped out the context...

Sri Lanka: Business of News

cerno writes with cynicism and honesty about the business of news. “Unsteady blurry shots of dull buildings become reverting. A true high for the news junkies. The get out of...

Sarkozy on French Minorities

Patrick Lozès looks back at French presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkozy's history of controversial public statements about Africans and Berbers (Fr). He wonders if, given unprecedented levels of voter registration among...

Voices from Ghana: The Black Star of Africa Eclipsed by Energy Crisis; Ghana@50, So What?

The pomp and pageantry surrounding the celebrations of Ghana@50 may be over, but the analysis of what it means for Ghana has spawned a number of ruminations for both Ghanaian...

A Guadeloupean Family Heads Back to Africa

Regardailleurs writes about a Guadeloupean family that decided to abandon the privileges of French citizenship and “repatriate” to Benin (Fr), land of their ancestors, after centuries of exile.

Congo's Rainforest for Sale

Citing an article in the Guardian, Forum Realiance writes that since 2002, American and European companies have been buying up the rights to the Congo's virgin rainforests (Fr), paying less...

Russia: Shell's Sakhalin II “Fiasco”

Robert Amsterdam writes about Shell's Sakhalin II “fiasco” and the maze of the Russian energy investment politics.

Estonia, Latvia: Robert Amsterdam's Impressions

Following his visit to Latvia and Estonia, Robert Amsterdam shares his thoughts on the two countries and their relationship with Russia.

Ukraine, Poland: Euro 2012

The beatroot and Vilhelm Konnander write about problems facing Poland and Ukraine as they are beginning to prepare to host Euro 2012.

Russia: Reactions to Virginia Tech

Sean's Russia Blog and Lyndon's Scraps of Moscow examine the reaction of the Russian media and bloggers to the tragedy at Virginia Tech.

Arabeyes: Thoughts on the Virginia Tech Massacre

For Algerian student Nouri, who studies in the US, the shooting at Virginia Tech is too close to home for comfort. He links to the above photograph, from the Washington...

The Moroccan blogosphere reacts to the Virginia Tech massacre

These past few days, the world's eyes have been turned toward the Virginia Tech massacre; the Moroccan blogosphere in particular notes the connection that Fox News has tried to make...

Ukraine: Kyiv Developments

Foreign Notes and Ukrainiana run brief summaries of the recent developments in Ukraine; posts a picture of riot police near the Central Election Committee: it may appear that Kyiv...

Barbados: Cricket Legends Give Back

Cricket Legends of Barbados, an organisation which boasts famous names like Sir Garfield Sobers, Sir Everton Weekes and Wes Hall, is lending its support to former team-mates who have fallen...

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