18 June 2007

Stories from 18 June 2007

Bahrain: High Score in Failed States Index

The Third Annual Failed States Index is out, reports Bahraini blogger Jadd William. “Bahrain has scored relatively well. At 134, Bahrain ranks better than Kuwait (at 124) and Saudi Arabia (at 83 ). The remaining GCC countries beat Bahrain: Qatar (at 137), UAE (at 138) and Oman (at 146),” he...

Palestine: Worsening Humanitarian Crisis

International Solidarity Movement reports on the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Gaza, as well as an appeal to Israel not to “stand idly by at a time when the fundamental human rights of Gaza residents are being violated and the right to life is being threatened.”

India: Theatre in Education

  18 June 2007

Tolubommalata & Koodiyattam are few amongst the variegated theatre forms in the sub-continent. While this ancient art is slowing fading away, modern Indian theatre is taking stage. It now is not only a form of entertainment but a beacon for educating young minds. Umesh from ‘Theatre in Education’ explains that...

St. Vincent & the Grenadines: High Airfares

  18 June 2007

Abeni is frustrated with the high cost of regional travel in the Caribbean: “LIAT has been getting on my last nerve with their ridiculously high fares…I wish they would just disappear or hopefully realise that their price structure is making them even less relevant.”

Guyana: Pest Problem?

  18 June 2007

“Instantly, a series of nervous breakdowns hit me, biff bang thud, bradaps, just so they take me down, piece by piece, ow, somebody hold me, hold me and sop me head with cooool Limacol before I faint.” Guyana-Gyal does not suffer pests lightly.

Trinidad & Tobago: Film Director gets CBE

  18 June 2007

“Horace Ové, the Trinidadian film director…becomes a CBE, or a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, for ‘services to the film industry'”. The Caribbean Beat Blog recognizes his achievement.

Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago: Globalization

  18 June 2007

As Caribbean nations deal with the challenges of globalization, Barbados Underground is “not convinced that we are headed in the right direction. The sad reality is that globalization by its design will change the traditional way countries have to interact; national boundaries will become blurred.”

Ghana: benefits of telecom liberalization

  18 June 2007

The benefits of Telecom liberalization in Ghana: “Prices have fallen drastically since, with some networks offering starter packs with very wide coverage for as low as 15,000 Ghanaian Cedis (less than $2). Junior Secondary School graduates can now access their high school placement on their mobile phones.:”

South Africa: politics of renaming streets

  18 June 2007

The bitter politics of renaming streets in South Africa: “It seems as though the Democratic Alliance is going to be taking eThekwini Municipality to court, to set aside the recent controversial renaming of streets in Durban.”

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