Stories from 2 October 2008
Sapataria [Pt], a Brazilian blog about LGBT and women's rights, posts pictures of a recent protest promoted by gender-issues-related groups against the legal views on abortion in Brazil, and shares their two-cents on the issue: “In many countries, the criminalization of abortion afects directly the poor women, most of them...
Sangam.Silpakar from Nepal posted a detailed analysis on the Nepalis pursuing the ‘American dream’.
Rajesh Jain at Emergic complains about air traffic in Mumbai, India: “Circling (of a flight) over Mumbai for 30-60 minutes has become commonplace thanks to the air traffic congestion.”
You may not be able to see Russia from your backyard, but if you tune into Global Voices' U.S election website, Voices without Votes, you can learn about what the whole world has to say about tonight's debate between the U.S. vice presidential candidates, Sarah Palin and Joe Biden.
The Pakistani Spectator says : ” ‘War on terror’ never became popular within Pakistan and it never got any support from public. One of the main reasons for people not supporting ‘war on terror’ is the concept where people believe that this is America’s war against Muslims – or to...
Although the recent declaration of general election had eased the political tensions in Bangladesh, a renewed complexity is developing over the mandatory registration requirement of the political parties. An Ordinary Citizen has details.
M. J. Akbar ponders whether the renewed rise of despair amongst the Muslim population, due to some negligence and discrimination by the government, has a link to the recent terrorist attacks in India.
Jamaica is in mourning as the headless body of a little girl believed to be 11-year-old Ananda Dean was discovered weeks after her abduction. This harrowing end to the search for Dean is made even more disturbing by the fact that more than fifty children have been murdered in Jamaica since the start of the year. Bloggers are as shocked as the rest of the population, and are making their voices heard in an effort to examine how such brutal acts against minors have become so widespread.
Jamaicans of all ranks are mourning the plight of the nation's children. The figures show that nearly 60 children have been killed since the start of January 2008. A recent spate of child slayings has raised this issue to the forefront of the nation's awareness. The community anguish that arose...
Ria writes about Islam and the confusion about Ramadan in Senegal: “Thus for some, Ramadan ended yesterday; for most it was today, declared a national holiday by the Government. One final confusion: the festival to mark the end of Ramadan is called Korité in Senegal, but is known elsewhere in...
Social Science in the Caucasus posts the comments of a consultant which questions newspaper reports estimating the economic costs of the war with Russia. However, the blog notes, the country will undoubtedly suffer in terms of investor confidence.
“Jamaica's dollar is valued much lower then the American dollar, which of course makes it a ‘ripe’ market for the black market.”: A Fe Me Page Dis Iyah wonders how the current U.S. economic crisis will affect Jamaica.
In an effort to counter rising food prices resulting from hurricane-related shortages, the Cuban government has frozen food prices. Cuban diaspora bloggers La Primera Generacion and Black Sheep of Exile respond.
Blogger sky2525 posts photos of her night out [ja] at Cirque du Soleil ZED in Tokyo on Oct. 1st, as well as some pictures of cats doing a few circus tricks of their own.
“They know that I’m not white, but my skin-color places me in a liminal space. I’m not white, but to their minds I’m not black enough. This color line is tricky. The Bahamian black/white line is a fluid boundary that varies…” Mental Slavery is grappling with his identity.
“I said to myself, ‘That sounds like a Bajan name!”: Keltruth Corp discovers that the moderator of tonight's US Vice-Presidential debate has Barbadian roots, while Barbados Underground notes: “There are some who are trying to muddy the pristine reputation of Gwen Ifill, the Black PBS moderator of the upcoming debate....
“The term ‘difference’ is a fairly new one to the Caribbean workplace and it generally applies to obvious aspects such as race, gender, age, religion, physical ability, etc. However, our international reputation is largely being tainted by our strident relationship to gays and homosexuality”: Francis Wade blogs about “the not-so-diverse”...
Despite believing war with Russia was a huge mistake, Dv0rsky [GE/EN] says that he will still boycott Russian goods sold in Georgia in order not to invest in bombs that might be used against him later.
The Hub has an interview with a witness and survivor the massacre of at least 111 inmates in the Carandiru Prison Complex – São Paulo, Brazil. “Sixteen years later, he recounts his experience in a conversation with Raquel Quintino – a human rights activist from the Universidade de Comunicação Livre.”
Respected intellectual and veteran journalist Mg Su San criticizes the behavior of some Myanmar bloggers who are “abusing the chance to express given by the new technology.”
Still Me blogs about the regulation of political activities in Singapore. The blogger suggests several unique ways to circumvent surveillance.