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13 November 2007

Stories from 13 November 2007

Brazil: Police, a tough nut to crack

  13 November 2007

The song theme of the popular Brazilian film Tropa de Elite [Elite Squad], about police corruption in Rio, has become background music for the Pernambuco's Police Forces. They sang the lyrics by Tihuana when were called to calm down a rebellion in a prison, as reports PE Body Count [pt]:...

Pakistan: Protests and Beyond

  13 November 2007

Chapati Mystery on how protests will continue beyond the first few days. “These nascent protests will not go away. In fact, they have awakened a new segment of the civil society against The General.”

Russia: North Caucasus Situation

  13 November 2007

A Russian general with “a reputation for brutality in Moscow’s Chechen campaigns” warns that “the security situation across the Northern Caucasus is deteriorating rapidly,” Window on Eurasia reports.

Russia: Zenit – Champion!

  13 November 2007

Megan Case mentions the long-awaited victory of St. Petersburg's football team in the national league championship: “After the game, the city went wild – it felt a bit like New Year on the streets.”

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Bolivia: Celebrating Todos Santos

  13 November 2007

Todos Santos is an important holiday in Bolivia, and is based largely on the feast of All Saints Day. For many it is a family and community affair, as it is important time to welcome back the souls of deceased family members. Some Bolivian bloggers provide descriptions on how they celebrated the holiday by baking bread, building altars and running into old relatives.

Acoustic Debit Card for Africa

  13 November 2007

Olivier Gabirault writes [Fr] about Maâtcard, an acoustic, prepayed debit card for developing countries which will debut in Cameroon next April. The Maâtcard functions like a normal credit card, but also emits a unique, unfalsifiable sound, enabling users to securely make payments, buy air time, or transfer funds by telephone.

Burkina Faso: No famine, but farmers still in peril

  13 November 2007

In Burkina, the government's announced there is no danger of famine, but peasants say [Fr] this season's rainfall and agricultural production have been particularly bad, and many have had a difficult time harvesting enough to feed their families these last two weeks, writes Ramata Sore.

Afghanistan: Explosions of Violence

  13 November 2007

More than 40 people, including five Afghan lawmakers and a number of children, were murdered on Tuesday in one of the deadliest suicide attacks since the fall of the Taliban, said Afghan officials. Several bloggers share their regret and opinions on this topic. Sanjar says[Fa] that many people including five...

Philippines: Bloggers Take on Blast at Legislative Building

  13 November 2007

An explosion of still-undetermined origin destroyed the South Wing of the Philippines’ House of Representatives complex, killing a lawmaker and a driver of another. Two other solons lead the list of injured. Killed were Basilan Rep. Wahab Akbar and Marcial Tualdo, a driver for Gabriela Rep. Luz Ilagan who was...

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