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3 November 2008

Stories from 3 November 2008

Russia: Social Benefits and Bureaucracy

The previous GV translation from Russia dealt with how a few committed St. Petersburg bloggers have partially succeeded in relieving the bureaucratic torture that the local elderly people with disabilities...

Morocco: Viewing the U.S. Elections

On the eve of the U.S. elections, the world is atwitter - and Morocco is no exception. Bloggers based in Morocco - both Moroccan natives and foreign residents - are...

Jordan: Meet the Foreigners, Arab Music, and Business Ideas

The number of young expatriates coming to Jordan for different purposes, commonly to learn Arabic, has become significant. Walking around Jabal Amman, you can notice them sitting in cafes and...

Nagorno Karabakh: Armenian Bloggers on Moscow Declaration

Following Sunday's meeting between Russian President Dimitry Medvedev and his Armenian and Azerbaijani counterparts, the upbeat tone of the mainstream international media in reporting a declaration on the Nagorno Karabakh...

Iran: A former jailed blogger under pressure

Mojtaba Saminejad, a former jailed blogger, writes that security forces threatened his wife and him because of his blog and political ideas. The blogger adds that his wife has been...

Guyana: Remembering David de Caires

David de Caires, founder and editor of the Stabroek News and tireless advocate for press freedom in Guyana, has died at the age of 70. Bloggers from Guyana and elsewhere...

Caribbean: Region Scores Big in Stanford 20/20 Cricket

U.S. billionaire Allen Stanford is trying to remake the face of cricket. His latest "big idea" is a 20/20 contest in which the winning team walks away with US$20 million...

Nepal: Evaluation of OLPC Project

Open Learning Exchange Nepal (OLE Nepal) blog posts the summary of an evaluation of the OLPC Project in Nepal.

Morocco: French Weekly Banned

A Moro in America reports that L'Express International, a popular French weekly magazine, has been banned in Morocco following alleged “blasphemy against Islam's prophet.”

Pakistan: The civil society movement

Professor Ishtiaq Ahmed at Pak Tea House discusses the scope and limitations of the civil society movement in Pakistan.

Bangladesh: Election schedule announced

An Ordinary Citizen reports that clearing all the confusion the schedule for general election in Bangladesh (on 18th December 2008) has been announced.

China: Classroom Door Shut Against Peasant Children

Draq from chinaSMACK translated a Tianya post about a little girl standing outside a classroom window for 20 days because of the primary school policy on shutting the door against...

Hong Kong: A Task Force to Save the Poor Rich

Alice Poon from Asia Sentinel commented on the setting up of a “Task Force” for tackling the financial tsunami. However, the focus of the task force was on the “poor...

South Africa: New Political Party is Born

A new political party is born in South Africa: “Yesterday (Saturday 1 November), marked yet another historic day in the politics of South Africa. As many had anticipated, a new...

Jamaica: Students Sex Orgy

As Jamaican police raid an alleged teen sex orgy, A Fe Me Page Dis Iyah comments: “I tell you from bad to worse, that is all I can say.”

Dominica: Creole Dress

“The Wob Dwiyet is the centerpiece of Dominica’s National Wear and is worn in a variety of different styles”: Dominica Weekly posts some photos of the island's Creole Dress Parade.

Trinidad & Tobago: All Souls Day

“Lapeyrouse Cemetery has fallen into disrepair over the last half a century; a severe indictment on a society that allows its dead to languish in squalour. But on this afternoon...

Cuba: Abortions

Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez meets a young woman who has had four abortions in her twenty-three years: “I was rattled by her illusion of leaving all her problems—housing, love or...

Jamaica, U.S.A.: The Right to Vote

Jamaican diaspora blogger Geoffrey Philp wants the American electorate to remember “Esau Jenkins and all the civil rights leaders” who helped make it possible for them to vote tomorrow.

Aruba, U.S.A.: Battleground State?

Arubagirl makes a shopping trip to Florida, “a state that is a battleground in this election, as they call it,” and comes away asking: “Is this how an election is...

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