Stories from 9 May 2008
Lebanon: Laughing in adversity
“There are heavy gun-shots going on near us, and my roommate made me laugh amongst the shootings: ‘these are crazy mother-******s, i am happy to be as normal in comparison,'” writes Razan in Beirut.
“…Hezbollah's private telecommunications network that triggered the confrontation is a ‘secure network of primitive private land lines [that] helped the guerrillas fight Israel's high-tech army in the 2006 summer war’ quotes GPC on one of the direct causes of the current conflict in Lebanon.
Lebanon: Who is who
Ben gives us a quick run down of who is who and what in Lebanon right now.
Lebanon: Things may slip?
Prof Rami Zurayk, who is in Beirut with his family, writes his observations and what he is witnessing on the third day of the conflicts in Lebanon.
Angola: Decolonization in motion
Carlos Pereira [pt] has found a very interesting video showing the mass emigration of Portuguese-descended settlers and white Angolans from Luena, with scenes classified by the blogger as “great drama moments for the victims of a disastrous decolonization process”.
Brazil: Change yourself the media focus
Guilherme Felitti [pt] has some good tips for those who wish to take part of the Reporter Blogger [pt] experiment or want to experiment with Citizen Media. “Remember that, be you a journalist or a blogger, you are committed to telling your readers a story as close to as possible...
Sri Lanka: Creating wealth
Deane's Dimension takes a look at the issue of poverty, and writes that the question is not how poverty can be reduced, but how wealth can be created.
Sri Lanka: Cyclone Nargis
LIRNEasia on a timeline of Cyclone Nargis and the lack of an effective early warning system.
Bangladesh: Politics and a Brown American
Mash writes on the race between Obama and Clinton, from the perspective of a Brown American.
South Asia: Burma, the junta and a crisis
In a post titled “Hell in the time of Junta”, Sepia Mutiny writes about the humanitarian crisis in Burma.
India: Pangea Day
Almost as good as Chocolate writes about the upcoming Pangea Day – a day devoted to films in different locations of the world.
Peru: Decrees May Make it Easier to Arrest Protesters
Peruvians are concerned with recent presidential decrees, which critics say, will make it easier for the military to arrest protesters and will be a blow to human rights in the country. C.J. Schexnayder of Andean Currents writes that the timing may coincide with two international summits to he held in...
Iran:Street children in photos
Aszaka has published several photos of street children in Iran. The blogger says[Fa] it is the crime of capitalism to leave these “angels” into poverty.
Award for Egyptian Blogger
Egyptian blogger/journalist Wael Abbas has received the Hellman-Hamlett Award from the Human Rights Watch, writes Ibn Al Dunya from Egypt.
Egypt: Nasralla's Press Conference
From Cairo, Zeinobia gives us a digest of Lebanon's Hizbulla leader Hassan Nasrulla's Press conference.
Bahrain: Witchcraft on the Table
From Bahrain, Mahmood Al Yousif paints a colourful picture of the proceedings of a parliamentary session – which discussed witchcraft.
St. Vincent & the Grenadines: Walking Shoes?
The rising cost of living prompts St. Vincent & the Grenadines blogger Abeni to say: “Seriously though, I find times are changing a little too fast for me.”
Trinidad & Tobago: Football Fever
“It is no secret that people are football crazy in Trinidad and Tobago,” writes Discover TnT Blog, adding that “the upcoming friendly match between Trinidad and Tobago and England is already stirring up debate.”
Trinidad & Tobago: Transparency Issues
KnowProSE.com refers to an article in the Trinidad Express to make the point that “in the continuation of an era where government is being accused more and more of corruption and overspending, it seems counterintuitive that a government that wishes to stay in power would remove public hearings.”
Jamaica, Guyana: The Life of Das
Jamaican Geoffrey Philp blogs about the life and work of Guyanese poet Mahadai Das, and features one of her poems.
Caucasus: Subjective Well-being
Social Science in the Caucasus, the blog of the Caucasus Resource Research Centers, looks at the the subjective well-being of citizens living in all three South Caucasus republics. Although the data used for the survey is from 2006, the survey finds that the impact of poverty and unemployment is more...