Stories from 1 December 2008
Israel continues to stand by the victims and survivors of the terror in Mumbai. Awash with deep sympathies, the blogosphere's sentiments speak for themselves in mourning the loss of Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg, along with six other Israelis.
Central American women are "taking back the tech" by blogging about software developement, new ICT technologies, and how to integrate ICTs with their daily life. They are also making a difference by blogging about important issues to women and by creating a network for others.
On November 23, 2008 more than 100 Pakistani bloggers gathered in Lahore in a meetup, the first of its kind in the city. The event was organized by LUMS IEEE Students Chapter (in collaboration with CIO Pakistan and Google Pakistan). The idea was to get the bloggers together to discuss...
African bloggers are highlighting water related issues, from the politics in South Africa that led to suspension of a water quality expert, new devices for collecting and cleaning water, to the ‘scramble for fish’ the East African lake region. CC licenced photo by Julien Harneis on flickr. We start with...
Today is World Aids Day, and as a region with a relatively high number of people living with HIV/AIDS, you would think that bloggers Caribbean-wide would be very outspoken about the issue - but Jamaica is the only regional territory whose blogosphere - as a unit - seems to be adding its voice to the global discussion.
Diligence informs readers of a new airline that connects Australia and East Timor.
On world AIDS day, Malagasy bloggers reminded their readers that despite the progress made in the field of AIDS therapy and HIV prevention, one cannot afford to be complacent about preventing the disease. During his weekly address to the nation, the president of Madagascar Marc Ravalomanana reminded his fellow citizens that there is no development without health care and encouraged nonprofit organizations and faith-based associations to unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Abidjan-based blogger Théophile Kouamou asks fellow bloggers why they write about Africa: "Do we blog for the diaspora and for the world at large, cut off from our contemporary on the continent? Is blogging about Africa done in the same way as blogging about Europe or Asia? Does the African-oriented blogosphere have something specific to offer to the world version 2.0?"
“Heartiest congratulations to national security minister Martin Joseph on achieving this historic milestone: 500 murders in Trinidad and Tobago this year, as of yesterday”: Nicholas Laughlin thinks that Minister Joseph should be rewarded in a special way for his efforts.
Generation Y is thrilled about her win in the Best of Blogs contest, but says: “We still lack that which is the most coveted prize: the right to dialogue, dissent and to dye ourselves in the political colors of our choosing within our Island.”
For most of the bloggers in Taiwan and around the globe, Dec 1st is World AIDS Day, but for HIV+ bloggers everywhere, everyday is AIDS day. Two days ago I yelled on my personal twitter: "Does anyone know any HIV Positive bloggers?" I soon received a reply.
Barbadian bloggers (Cheese-on-bread!, Barbados Photo Blog and The Bajan Reporter) give shout-outs to the land of their birth on the occasion of the island's 42nd anniversary of Independence.
“There is a lot to be said about the shocking series of events in Mumbai that finally–too late–drew to a bloody and violent close”: Jamaican blogger Annie Paul may eventually get around to articulating her own feelings about the attacks, but for now, she posts “a collage of quotes from...
Living Guyana blogs about the latest developments in the “Fineman Gang” crime story, here and here.
Amila Bosnae writes about Refugees United, an international NGO which, she hopes, will help her and other refugees from all over the world get back in touch with lost family and friends.
On Bosnia and Herzegovina's Republic Day, Nov. 25, Amila Bosnae hosted a discussion on ethnicity and statehood.
Nothing articulates your heart like a poem. Sometimes the complex composition of a poem simplifies complex issues of life, sometimes it helps you come in terms with your surroundings. Poets from India are saddened by the recent terror attacks in Mumbai. You will find them asking questions in their poetry and sometime they are even answering them for us. Here are a few snippets of their expressions.
While Ukraine is taking a principle stand towards its history and calling Holodomor (famine of the 1930s) genocide of the nation, undertaken by the communist regime, Kazakhstani authorities are very quiet on the comparable disaster of the Stalin era, when more than 30 percent of the Kazakhs died. Schriftsteller says...
An Ordinary Citizen describes the scenario of HIV/AIDS awareness in his country: “Bangladesh is vulnerable to HIV/AIDS for its poor regulation, poverty, lack of adequate health support, illiteracy, lack of health education, lack of awareness about HIV/AIDS etc.”
The airport chaos and political crisis in Thailand are still not over. Dozens of empty planes were allowed to leave Bangkok, but protesters still control the two major airports in Thailand. Pro-government supporters have been conducting street assemblies already. How will the crisis end? Will it be peaceful?
Straying Around asks whether Mumbai will be the same again after the terrorists attacks. Rajesh Jain at Emergic lists the reasons why this time is different and there is no going back to ‘business as usual’ .