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11 November 2008

Stories from 11 November 2008

Brazil: National Park Under Threat from Illegal Fires

For over a month now the Chapada Diamantina National Park has been burning relentlessly and lost 50 percent of its forest area (roughly the size of New York City). Authorities...

Bangladesh: Credible Election

Ex diplomat Sirajul Islam comments in his blog on the impending general election in Bangladesh: “If at the end of it, a major political party feels that there is no...

India: Troubles in Assam

Words From The Solitude discusses the background of the recent politics and violence in the Indian state of Assam: “For several decades, Assam is passing through too much of tears...

Brazil: Criminal fire at Chapada Diamantina National Park

Paulo Bicarato [pt] echoes the news that fires that have destroyed 50% of the Brazilian Chapada Diamantina National Park, roughly the size of New York City, were likely started by...

Costa Rica: Differences in Customer Service

Hazel Feigenblatt writes in her blog about the difference in attention that local tourists from Costa Rica receive, when compared to the customer service received by foreign tourists [es] ,...

Environment: Planting Trees in Cameroon

From the Kabissa Newletter, a project is profiled: The organization aims to plant trees in thirteen Village communities of Ngoketunjia Division, as a means to fight climate change in Cameroon...

Bangladeshi Photographers in Flickr

Arup at Sachalayatan introduces us to twenty talented Bangladeshi photographers from Flickr and their works here and here [bn].

Iran: “Tehran Has No More Pomegranates”

Parsarts informs us about Iranian documentary “Tehran Has No More Pomegranates”. You can also read an interview with its director, Massoud Bakhshi.

Pakistan: Worlds Second Best Mayor

Ahsan at Five Rupees informs that according to Foreign Policy Magazine, Mustafa Kamal, the Mayor of Karachi, has been declared as the world's second best mayor.

Syria: New Dawn for Humanity

Blogger Anas, shows an excerpt from the top of the front page of Al Watan Daily Syrian Newspaper, with a text saying....

MENA: Blogs and a social revolution

Saudi blogger, Esam Mudeer, clipped from CNN Arabic, an article asking -in light of last week's major events in the Arab world- if Arab blogs might lead a social revolution...

Bhutan Crowns New King: Refugees Barely Remembered

On November 6th, the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan officially crowned a new King, who was appointed almost two years ago. The fifth Dragon King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck is an...

Lebanon: offering the world’s most expensive chocolate

Blogger LM, from Lebanon, tells us about Patchi, the famous Lebanese luxury chocolate-makers, who have launched the world’s most prestigious and expensive box of chocolate.

Egypt: What life has taught Galal Amin

“Born in January of 1935, his father had wanted his mother to have an abortion because they already had 7 children, she refused and that is how he came to...

Iran: Woman Activist Released on Bail

According to Change4equality, Esha Momeni, the Iranian-American student and woman activist, was released from prison on bail on Monday after being in jail for about one month. Iranian authorities accused...

Iran: Graffiti from Tehran

We can discover graffiti in Tehran in Alone‘s blog. Alone says “maybe I am a Vandal or Anarchist But I am glad to introduce myself as one.At least I stand...

Iran:Girls’ dormitory caught fire

Gorgomishsky, an Iranian blogger, reports [fa] that girls’ dormitory in the ELM O Sanat University caught fire on Tuesday and three people were injured. The blogger adds that some students...

Mexico: Last Mobilization of the Year for AMLO

The leader of the “Movement for the Defense of Petroleum, Popular Economy and National Sovereignty” Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO)announces that the last mobilization of the year will take place...

Taiwan: Arrest of former President Chen

The Far-Eastern Sweet Potato writes that the arrest of Taiwan's former President, Chen Shui-bian, is terrible timing.

Honduras: Making a Living as an Artist

“It is not easy to make a living as an artist,” and especially in Honduras writes Guillermo Anderson. The singer-songwriter says that we should not rely on the government to...

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