4 July 2008

Stories from 4 July 2008

Serbia, U.S.: Miladin Kovacevic

LimbicNutrition Weblog writes about the case of Miladin Kovacevic: “‘Who the hell is Miladin Kovacevic,’ you might ask, ‘A war criminal?’ Not quite, he is a Serb college basketball player involved in the horrific beating of a fellow student in a New York State town who was then helped to...

Beijing Announces Traffic Rules to Combat Air Pollution

  4 July 2008

Danwei says Beijing recently announced traffic rules that will be in effect during the Olympics. The rules dictate that from July 20th to September 20th 2008, only cars with license plates ending in odd numbers can drive, among other rules. Authorities estimate the new rules will cut down on Beijing's...

Cuba: Oh joy!

  4 July 2008

Cuban blogger Ninety miles away….in another country and Why does the glass have to be half empty or half full?, from Trinidad, both find good reasons to delight in their world.

Barbados: Lonely Death

  4 July 2008

Barbados Underground draws attention to the plight of a woman who died at a US hospital this week. 49 year-old Esmin Green collapsed and died on the floor of a New York City hospital after waiting over an hour without receiving any help. BU asks whether this could happen in...

Cuba: A FARC Cry

  4 July 2008

Cuban blogger Machetera questions the timing of the rescue of French/Colombian hostage Ingrid Betancourt. And, she says, the comments of this high profile hostage show Ms Betancourt's experiences with the FARC guerillas, “left her with no greater understanding of the Colombian conflict than when she was seized on her presidential...

Iran: Death Penalty for Blogging?

On Wednesday, Iranian members of parliament voted to discuss a draft bill that seeks to "toughen punishment for disturbing mental security in society." The text of the bill would add, "establishing websites and weblogs promoting corruption, prostitution and apostasy," to the list of crimes punishable by death.

Armenia: Contrasting Posters

Unzipped: Gay Armenia posts two entries about two very different sets of posters on display in Yerevan. In the first, the blog translates signs visible in one of the capital's parks prohibiting lovemaking. In the second, the blog comments on two posters designed to raise awareness of violence against women,...

Trinidad & Tobago: Through the Mill

  4 July 2008

Four Fingers and a Thumb 2.0 shares a bird's eye view of an area in Trinidad where a steel mill is to be built and which, she says, has become the “epicenter of environmental protest” on the island.

Jamaica: Just a Cartoon?

  4 July 2008

A caricature depicting Robert Mugabe as King Kong gets the attention of Jamaican blogger My View of JamDown from Up So. Is it just a harmless political cartoon, he asks, or a racist portrayal of the Zimbabwe President?

China: Olympics reporter barred entry

  4 July 2008

Roland Soong at EastSouthWestNorth translates articles from two Hong Kong dailies of opposing views on the news that one of those newspapers’ Olympic beat reporters has been refused entry and sent home.