14 February 2008

Stories from 14 February 2008

Sri Lanka: Right to Shoot

  14 February 2008

groundviews talks of the right to ‘shoot’ – in the context of a leading Sri Lankan photojournalist being detained by the police for taking photographs near a well-known Colombo school.

Kidnapping in Haiti

  14 February 2008

NoteDor writes about kidnapping in Haiti [Fr]: “Kidnapping has entered our morals and seems to be ingrained in them. The authorities are powerless, or rather indifferent; often it is they who organize [kidnappings]…Those who orchestrate these horrors must hate our country with all their heart…Love to them all, for they...

Fouad's Week: Fouad will not be forgotten!

  14 February 2008

The Free Fouad campaign has organized and carried out “Fouad’s Week”, during which bloggers were invited to republish one of Fouad’s posts on their blogs and to embrace “We Are All Fouads” as a slogan. This week-long event marked two months since the dean of the Saudi bloggers, Fouad Alfarhan, was arrested on December 10, 2007 and held in Jeddah’s Dahban prison without any charges brought against him.

Brazil: Posting together against paedophilia

  14 February 2008

At least 200 Brazilian bloggers so far have promised to make a post against paedophilia today and many blogs are already wearing a badge. Tânia [pt], a state prosecutor, has posted a real history whose end is not a happy one. The campaign has been organized by Luz de Luma...

Mozambique: People out of the bottle

  14 February 2008

Carlos Serra [pt] has discovered a new popular expression circulating among Mozambicans: ‘people are out of the bottle’. He provides interpretations in the face of protests against the cost of living that have taken place in the country: “It seems that the term refers to the won sense of freedom,...

Bahamas: Power Plant Problems?

  14 February 2008

“For all our concerns for our environment, no one seems to be perturbed about the potentially serious consequences of the proposed power plant by the Bahamas Electricity Corporation“: Dave Ralph at Bahama Pundit explains.

China: Taxi Driver Hunger Strike

  14 February 2008

Jesse Owen blogs about the blue truck taxi driver hunger strike in Ningbo, Zhejiang. The mainstream media has very little cover on the issue and Jesse has some first hand information and photos.

Bermuda: Tourism Feels the Love

  14 February 2008

“So, it’s time for the Love Festival, Dr. Brown’s annual Valentine’s bacchanal,” writes Vexed Bermoothes, blogging from Bermuda – then adds: “I am not damning the Department of Tourism for their big activities…we just need to look at our cost vs benefit a little more frequently, and using honest benchmarks.”

East Timor: Investigate Xanana first

  14 February 2008

A text by Leidar, a human rights activist based and Bidau, Dili, published on Timor Online casts suspition at Xanana's involvement at Monday's incidents. “Xanana’s Convoy was attacked almost one hour later after the attack at President Residence. How was the security information circulated at that time? Xanana’s Security guards...

Korea: Adjusting to college life

  14 February 2008

A Korean student recently wrote a lengthy post about her experiences adapting to college life. Her comments apparently struck a chord with many others, and responses flowed in. Her post and the reactions of other Koreans show how some netizens think about issues like fitting in and individuality in Korea...

Dominica: Going Green

  14 February 2008

“Stores must spend a small fortune on black plastic shopping bags (Dominica imported US$1.3 million of plastic products last year)” writes Steve's Dominica, but says: “All is not lost.”

Jamaica: “InI”

  14 February 2008

Through the music of Bob Marley, Jamaican Geoffrey Philp examines the roots of Rastafarianism.

East Timor: Please come forward and bring the truth

  14 February 2008

Malai Azul [pt] launches an appeal to those who may be involved in Monday's assassination attempts in East Timor to carefully give themselves up: “A piece of advice from us: come forward, at least the truth will be revealed.”

Macau: Cold death

  14 February 2008

Leocardo [pt] comments on the news that 44 people have died because of the ferocious cold weather in Macau. “It is absolutely inconceivable that a developed country or territory allow their citizens to die because of cold weather. More important than the GDP or the human development index, these are...

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