5 August 2008

Stories from 5 August 2008

India: Abortion, Parents and the Indian Law

  5 August 2008

A recent court case has brought focus on the abortion laws in India. According to the current laws in India, abortions are not permitted after 20 weeks of pregnancy, unless the pregnancy is determined to be dangerous to the woman's health. In this particular case, a couple, whose foetus was...

Trinidad & Tobago: Unchained?

  5 August 2008

“Here every creed and race find an equal place but there is no solidarity. Only the Africans celebrate the fact that they are free. Only the Indians celebrate the fact that they arrived. What is the point of being cosmopolitan if we can’t even be bothered to share our triumphs...

Cuba: Hunger Strike

  5 August 2008

“It is a small action…it has not made the international press”: Ninety miles away…in another country reports on a hunger strike undertaken by four political prisoners in Cuba.

Bahamas: Quality Teachers

  5 August 2008

“Economic growth closely depends on the interaction between new knowledge and a country’s ability to learn”: Guest blogging at Bahama Pundit, Ralph Massy stresses the importance of attracting quality teachers in order to improve education standards.

Cambodia: Blogging on Genocide

  5 August 2008

After graduating from Brown University in 2004, the articulate, cunning Elena Lesley was awarded a Henry Luce Scholarship to Cambodia to write for The Phnom Penh Post. With a long-time interest in Asia, it seemed like a good match. But knee-deep in a society scourged by years of civil war and gut-wrenching poverty, the experience quickly proved eye-opening.

Cuba: Getting Productive

  5 August 2008

The Cuban government proposes “the handing over of idle land to those who want to make it productive”, causing Yoani Sanchez to “peruse (her) city looking for everything that is useless.”

Georgia: Church-State Relations

  5 August 2008

Talks with Diana posts a paper written by the blogger on Church-State relations in Georgia. The paper concludes that the tendency for the Georgian Orthodox Church to be used by local political forces poses a threat to democratization in the former Soviet republic.

Latvia: Failed Referendum

  5 August 2008

On the 2nd of August a referendum took place in Latvia, to vote on amendments to the Constitution that would make it possible for the people to initiate the dissolution of the Parliament. In spite of popular support for the process, the referendum had to be declared invalid due to a low turnout. Bloggers reacted to the disappointing results.

Iran: A journalist and blogger was executed

Varesh, an Iranian blogger, reports [Fa] that according to several news sites, Yaghoub Mehrnhad, an Iranian journalist, blogger and civil society activist,was executed in Zahedan. He was accused of collaborating with a terrorist group. The blogger says it was a shocking news for Iranian civil society and Iran based news...

Western Sahara: Three Cups of Tea

As with many cultures, people in Western Sahara have developed rites and a social scene around tea and we can imagine the desert, a cloudless sky at night, a full moon and a cup of tea (or two, or three)! Renata Avila makes us do just that in this translation of Spanish Sahrawi blogs.

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