Stories from 6 June 2007
Panama: 37th OAS General Assembly, A Trail of Poisoned Medicine and Update on the New Immigration and Health Laws
# At the same time the OEA (OAS, Organization of American States) celebrated their thirty-seventh Regular Session of the OEA General Assembly in Panama from June 3-5, 2007, there were many congregations of groups peacefully protesting against the recent developments in Venezuela, involving the closing of RCTV which, to many,...
“What does Sudan want?” “Who do you think are arming the rebels?” These deceptively simple questions were posed to the Sudanese ambassador to the United Nations by members of the panel at a Reuters Newsmaker event in New York on 24 May, 2007. His answers were evasive, and the debate...
Christ the Savior Cathedral offers a number of services that have nothing to do with religion. There's an underground garage there, as well as dry cleaning, for example. Prices for these services were available online - all until Russian bloggers discovered them and initiated a discussion.
If you ever want to get your way into the African “lusosphere”, one of the best places to start is the blog “Kitanda” (“Marketplace” in Kimbundu, one of Angola's national languages). Kitanda has become along the years, since its launch in 2004, an unavoidable reference in the “lusosphere”. Mainly dedicated...
What will you do if you could reverse the adverse results of the Greenhouse Effect and make your country at least 5 degrees Celsius cooler? Bent Masreya, from Egypt, addresses this issue in the following translation.
Three hundred and fifty liters of oil were spilled in Bahia San Vicente in Talcahuano. As Ecologia y Patrañas Diversas (ES) explains, the spillage happened when the ship New Constellation under the flag of the Marshall Islands and operated by Ultramar, while unloading fuel for the National Enterprise of Petrol,...
A major news article about a Moroccan family residing in a toilet sparks a discussion about poverty in Morocco. Jillian York reports from Anglophone blogs in Morocco.
“More Pope, less literature…” This, according to the beatroot, is what Polish kids would be reading if Poland's education minister prevails.
Pestcentric writes about famous Hungarians – which the newly-elected French president Nicolas Sarkozy is not: “The French can have him. And if he turns out to be a disaster, […] let’s be glad he doesn’t consider himself a Magyar.”
Pestcentric writes on the ubiquitous Soviet “panel houses” that “greet” you when you arrive in Budapest “before you get to the nice stuff.”
Hungary is to have a referendum on health care, Pestcentric reports.
After the Eurovision victory, Serbia has moved on to tennis: four Serbian players are currently in the Roland Garros semifinals draws (men's and women's singles, and men's doubles). Belgrade 2.0 tells the world about these and other rising stars.
Buses, barbers and doctors in Belgrade, “the bestest city in the world”… Read three anecdotes at Anegdote.
The Voice of Europe reports that in order “to lighten up the negative campaign, which is accompanying the radar debate,” the Czech defense minister records a song for George W. Bush.
Edward Lucas writes about the Russia problem at this year's G8 summit in Germany: “Most G8 summits produce a welter of carefully honed platitudes, in which differences are finessed and blurred as much as possible. This one is likely to be no exception.”
In the former Yugoslavia last week, one war criminal escaped from prison and another was caught. Read more about Radovan Stankovic and Zdravko Tolimir at A Fistful of Euros.
Nyein Chan Yar is asking the ruling military junta in Myanmar to go to hell.
The intelligentsia blog posts a letter written by two lecturers from the University of the South Pacific. The letter, addressed to the military authorities, is asking them to stop intimidating the students for contributing content to blogs.
The Prime Minster's office broke the news of Malaysian prime minster's upcoming marriage. Newspapers are being asked to go easy on the coverage. Rocky's Bru writes “Now, you won't believe this! Editors from the mainstream media were summoned for a briefing on the wedding just now.”
Tharum has pictures from a workshop on Google conducted in rural North-Eastern Cambodia.
There has been a slowdown in Internet speeds in Vietnam. Itsthefinalworld explains the reason behind the slowdown.