9 September 2007

Stories from 9 September 2007

D.R of Congo: War affecting Gorilla protection efforts

  9 September 2007

There is a very fluid situation unfolding at the Virunga national park in Congo. The Congo war is spreading into the protected Gorilla sector in the Virunga mountains, which is now under the control of the rebels. The blog Gorilla Protection is following the situation and posting regular updates. The...

Guatemala: Video Interviews

  9 September 2007

El Cachacero [ES] took to the streets of Guatemala City to interview citizens, candidates and their relatives. Videos are posted on the blog.

Japan: Interview with Dr. Patricia Steinhoff

  9 September 2007

W. David Marx at Néojaponisme interviews Professor of Sociology Dr. Patricia Steinhoff about her research on the history and social organization of post-war Japanese Marxist radicals. In this first part of a five-part series, Dr. Steinhoff describes the formation of the student movement in Japan, its re-organization into the “Red...

Palestine: Protesting Violence and the Art of Resistance

  9 September 2007

Protest against Hamas is mounting in Gaza, as Palestinian bloggers and their supporters continue to look for their voices online, writes Shaden Abdulrahman in this round up of Palestinian blogs this week. Also read about how voices are silenced, how children are left to fend for themselves living off trash and how an Arab-American family was treated in Israel.

Guatemala: Round-up of Election Sites

  9 September 2007

Desde Guate [ES] lists and compares the different media sites for their coverage of the elections of Guatemala. The site also discusses the various Google search results for Guatemala and elections.

Guatemala: Up to the Minute Coverage

  9 September 2007

Elecciones 2007 en Radiopolis [ES] is providing up to the minute coverage of Sunday's Guatemalan elections, including news of tear gas dispersed at a voting location in Santa Cruz Naranjo.

Bahrain: Getting It Out of Your System…

  9 September 2007

We have a world of contrasts in Bahrain this week. The summer vacation is over, which makes some bloggers happy, and others miserable. Religious scholars – respect or despise them? One blogger compares blogs in the USA and in the Arab world. And our star post this week is a description of how to detox, Bahrain-style…

Iran:Pakistan, Turkey and We

  9 September 2007

Mohmmad Ali Abtahi,former vice president, says recent political experiences of Pakistan and Turkey are beneficial for the officials who are worried about practicing freedom in Iran.Closing political atmosphere, taking aggressive approach against students, workers, women, internet, youth and political activists is dangerous for the security of the country.

Russia: Violence in Ingushetia

  9 September 2007

Attacks on civilians in Ingushetia have increased in the past few months. The most recent victims of violence include the family of an ethnic Russian teacher from the town of Karabulak, two ethnic Koreans in Stanitsa Ordzhonikidzevskaya, and a 66-year-old ethnic Russian doctor at a blood transfusion center in Nazran. Attacks on law enforcement officials are also reported to be on the rise. To help local security forces manage the situation, some 2,500 interior ministry troops were sent to Ingushetia earlier this month. Russian bloggers discuss the situation.

Brazil: Light on the dark dictatorship days

  9 September 2007

Several South American countries were ruled by military dictatorships in the 20th century, such as Paraguay (1954-1989), Uruguay (1973-1985), Chile (1973-1990) and Argentina (1966-1973 and 1976-83), but unlike the others, Brazil (1964-1985) has never prosecuted those responsible for the crimes of these years. An amnesty law was passed in 1979...

Japan: Controversy over the Gun-Shaped Lighter Incident

  9 September 2007

Blogger Kikko writes about the case of an off-duty officer in Yokohama [Ja] who was arrested after hitting a high-school student supposedly because the boy had been brandishing a lighter in the shape of a gun. Kikko explains that the media have twisted the story: the boy and some friends...

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