9 January 2008

Stories from 9 January 2008

Israel: President Bush Visits Israel

American President George W. Bush is arriving in Israel today and for once, English speaking Israelis have little to say. Views fall primarily into two camps: Complaints about the short-term discomfort that high security will cause Jerusalemites in their daily routines, and concern about new rockets launched from Lebanon and ongoing attacks from Gaza hailing Bush's visit.

Lusosphere: Happy birthday Pimenta Negra

  9 January 2008

Blog Pimenta Negra [pt] celebrates its 4th anniversary. “It came up due to several circumstances related to the need to find an independent communication channel and an alternative to spread ideas that are far from been echoed in the media”.

Portugal: We have been betrayed

  9 January 2008

Susana Charrua [pt] is alarmed that Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates has decided to seek ratification of the EU's new reform treaty by parliament rather than in a referendum as had been promised, “We are being governed by a dictator of the worst kind, I believe we should begin to...

Kenya: A tool for reporting acts of violence

  9 January 2008

White African writes about a new tool for reporting acts of violence in Kenya: “Ushahidi.com is a tool for people who witness acts of violence in Kenya in these post-election times. You can report the incident that you have seen, and it will appear on a map-based view for others...

Environment: ‘Green Deserts’ in China

  9 January 2008

Gaoming Jiang of China Dialogue writes of ‘green deserts’ characterized by poplar trees and nothing else. “The Chinese government should consider the needs of local species and biodiversity. We need to consider planting slow-growth but high-quality wood alongside faster-growing species. We must reduce the dominance of the poplar, allowing natural...

Barbados: The Abortion Issue

  9 January 2008

Barbados Free Press suggests that a political candidate's position on abortion may play a role in whether he is elected to Parliament or not.

Bahamas: Tourism & Crime

  9 January 2008

“The government, and Bahamians at large, must recognise that tourism is a multi-dimensional phenomenon that calls for much more than a handful of sand, a tan and a dip in the sea”: At WeblogBahamas.com, Adrian Gibson blogs about tourism – and crime.

Georgia: Final Results

  9 January 2008

Writing for his blog, This is Tbilisi Calling, the BBC's Matthew Collin says that the official results for Saturday's presidential election have finally been declared. As had been reported in the international media anyway, Mikhail Saakashvili won a second term in office, but Collin says that it is doubtful that...

Trinidad & Tobago: Globalisation

  9 January 2008

Ramblings and Reason is “still trying to figure out the whole globalisaiton thing – what it means and whether it's an overall good or bad thing”.

China: Land Ownership

  9 January 2008

There is an appeal for returning land ownership back to rural peasants (zh)in the civic rights volunteers’ blog.

China: City Management Team

  9 January 2008

Recently a passerby was beaten to death by a city management team in Hubei because he had taken photos of their violent acts. Boyer2000 pointed out that such kind of news happened so frequently that people started to get used to it (zh).

Kazakhstan: New Translation of a Masterpiece

  9 January 2008

Zhanna Zhukova tells about a new Russian translation of the epic novel “Abai’s Path” from the original Kazakh. Despite criticism that the work was done on the basis of interlinear translation, the new version is deemed a success by the author’s son.

Afghanistan: Drug Use

  9 January 2008

Nasim Fekratْ focuses this time on the issue of drug abuse in Aghanistan and says that the number of opium addicts in Kabul alone was more than 30,000 in estimation in 2004 but three years after, this number doubled.

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