6 November 2008

Stories from 6 November 2008

Environment: Ivory Auctions A Disservice to Conservation

  6 November 2008

Richard Leakey blogs about his concern regarding ivory auctions in South Africa. “…I believe that auctioning the ivory stockpiles would cause poaching to increase particularly in the central, eastern and western African elephant range states where poaching is not yet properly controlled.”

Green Obama Dreams: Environment Bloggers Weigh in on The Historic Day

  6 November 2008

Tim Hurst of Ecopoliticology blog posts an entertaining video titled ‘5 Green Obama Dreams’. The video mentions his posts on high resolution energy resource maps and the solar powered lawnmower. On the DotEarth blog,Andrew Revkin muses on the significance of Obama's election, writing… President-elect Barack Obama on Jan. 20 will...

Al Ghad Party – Another fire in Egypt

  6 November 2008

Al Ghad, Ayman Nour's Party headquarters burnt down one day before their general assembly. According to blog reports, thugs burnt down the building and hampered firemen's efforts to put the fire out. In addition to losing their headquarters, the political party also lost 20 of its members - who were rounded up and arrested instead of the thugs.

Malagasy Online Spell Checker is Now Available

  6 November 2008

Dotmg announces that the free Malagasy spell checker he has been developing is now operational. The software, which is, as far as I know the first of its kind, is:”opensource, and is released under the terms of the GNU Affero General Public License, version 3 (or above). It is part...

Egypt and U-20 World Cup

  6 November 2008

Egyptian Blogger Zeinobia mentions that Egypt will host the under 20 World Cup championship from the 25th of September to 16th of October 2009, following an announcement made by FIFA.

Egypt: Sexual Harassment Victim Stabbed to Death

  6 November 2008

I received an invitation to join a group named “Dr. Shaimaa Fouad … May you rest in Peace.” I did not know her and I wondered why anyone would invite me to such a group. Little did I know! Dr. Shaimaa Fouad died defending herself, writes Marwa Rakha, who tells us who the victim is.

Guatemala: The Kaibiles as Peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo

  6 November 2008

The Kabiles are soldiers that are part of the Guatemalan Army that has a poor track record of human rights abuses. Now, they are members of a UN peacekeeping force in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Many are wondering whether their controversial and aggressive training methods, and their reputation as a "killing machine" coincides with the task of peacekeeping in this African nation.

Pakistan: A letter to the West

  6 November 2008

Mohammad Yusha at Chowrangi writes a letter to the West: “Time is money, dear West, and time is running out. More alcoholic beverages please. More stores. More. More. More.”

Taiwan: Livecasting the Protest

  6 November 2008

Different from the fierce encounter between protesters and police forces during the day in front of the Presidential Office, there are more than 400 students peacefully gathering in front of the Executive Yuan in order to bring everyone's attention back to the real question: Is the freedom of expression still...

The Middle East's Generation Facebook

  6 November 2008

What will the Middle East look like 25 years from now? That was the assignment the World Policy Journal gave Mona El Tahawy for their 25th anniversary edition. Mona decided to have some fun and imagine. This is what she came up with, mixing real people in imaginary scenarios in 2033. Who knows? They might come true!

Taiwan: No Violence Please

  6 November 2008

Leonard criticizes Taiwanese protesters’ violent action towards mainland journalists and anchors from CCTV, China in the protest against Chen Yun-lin's visit.

Puerto Rico, U.S.A.: Remembering the Dream

  6 November 2008

“Obama's father was black, his mother white. My son's mother is black and I am white. To look at Obama, President-elect Obama, is to see My son's future in a way it could never be seen before”: From Puerto Rico, Jil the Genius explains why Barack Obama's election is so...

Trinidad & Tobago: The Pot & the Kettle

  6 November 2008

As Trinidad and Tobago's Opposition Leader criticizes the Prime Minister's intervention regarding comments made about him during a radio newscast, Jumbie's Watch says: “Wait nah, ent this is the same man who attempted to muzzle the press? That is like the charcoal in the chulha calling de bun-up roti on...

India: Narrowing the Digital Divide

  6 November 2008

Rajesh Jain posts a presentation in his Blog Emergic which discusses about innovative products which will help in the proliferation of low cost internet enabled PCs in millions of Indian homes.

Bermuda: Waiting in Vain?

  6 November 2008

“Some local media allege that, after many official promises and delays, big chunks of the draft law were copied from Wikipedia and the World Bank website only days before it was released! This rush has raised many local suspicions about the law and its possible omissions”: Vexed Bermoothes says that...

Sri Lanka: Biggest ever War Budget

  6 November 2008

Dare to be different reports that Sri Lanka is due to declare its biggest ever war budget today as it intensifies its military campaign against the Tamil separatists.

Guyana: Thoughts on Death

  6 November 2008

“I do not obsess too much…with what lies after death; my concern is with the quality of life one leads here”: From Guyana, Ruel Johnson writes “a brief note” on death.

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