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9 December 2008

Stories from 9 December 2008

Brazil: Deadly chemical leak kills 80 ton fish in Rio de Janeiro

On November 18, a leak of deadly endosulfan pesticide into the Pirapetinga river killed over 80 tonnes of fish, plus water hogs, tortoises, birds, and others creatures. The tragedy was...

Saudi Girls Rock!

A group of Saudi young women are making their voices heard - in a manner unheard of in conservative Saudi Arabia. The Accolade is an all-girl rock band which is...

Ecuador: Correa's Visit to Iran Characterized with Changes in Schedule

Ecuador President Rafael Correa recently visited Iran, and according to La Voz de Guamote [es] the visit was characterized by several changes in schedule.

Costa Rica: High Fines in New Transit Law

Costa Rica is preparing to enact a new transit law, which according to Fusil de Chispas [es] will contain high fines for traffic infractions.

Costa Rica: Unconventional Names for Towns and Villages

In Costa Rica, La Foto Salió Movida [es] searched the electoral lists and discovered truly strange names of townships and villages in the country, and publishes them on his blog....

Colombia: Pablo Escobar's Brother Makes Claim of AIDS Cure

Colombia's twitterers are buzzing about the television declaration of the cure and vaccine for AIDS that druglord Pablo Escobar's brother, Roberto states he has discovered. So far, the only available...

Côte d'Ivoire: Interview with Best Francophone Blogger Israël Yoroba

Global Voices interviews the Abidjan-based author of this year's 'Best Blog in French' (as chosen by the Best of Blogs jury), Israël Yoroba on how he started a blog, on...

Iran: “A blogger arrested”

Sibiltala, an Iranian blogger in Canada, says[fa] that Hossein Derakhshan, an Iranian blogger, has been arrested 38 days ago in Tehran. Sibiltala adds that Derakshan's sister “confirmed this news”. Read...

Africa and China: Good or Bad Partnership?

Allen from Fool's mountain posted some videos discussing the nature of partnership between Africa and China.

China and U.S: Ideal Citizen Education

Russo at Frog In A Well compares conservative education program in the U.S with textbook in China from 1933-39 about “being a good citizen”.

South Korea: Comfort Women Demonstration

Michael Solis from Ohmynews! forecasts the Korean comfort women demonstration on Human Rights Day.

East Timor: The difference a computer makes

In a country where the cost of the Internet is 3.000 USD a month for a 256 kbps connection, Sara Moreira shares pictures from the times she was teaching Computer...

Trinidad & Tobago: Language Lessons

“What's with the dumbing down of the English language by people who should know better?” From Trinidad and Tobago, Coffeewallah thinks that “poor language is really a way to keep...

Paraguay: The Leaf Stevia Used as Sweetener

Brenda writes about Stevia, a Paraguayan leaf often used for sweetener, which is also thought to have healing properties.

Jamaica: Looking Back

As the year draws to a close, Jamaica and the World looks back on the good, the bad and the ugly of 2008.

Dominica, U.S.A.: Political Strategies

As Dominicans prepare themselves to go to the polls in 2010, Chris at Dominica Weekly thinks that “there are many strategies that local political parties can adopt from the Obama...

Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago: VoIPs

“It seems that the CARICOM members have no handle on technology and its positive impact on the economy, and Guyana is no different”: Blogging from Trinidad and Tobago, is...

Bermuda: Issues, Not Race

Vexed Bermoothes finds “a breath of positive air” from two politicians in the midst of the Bermudian Premier's “petty fights about race in Parliament.”

Jamaica: Baby Cereal Break-Ins

A curious situation in Jamaica: a spate of robberies from “a gang of housebreakers [that] have been cleaning out people's homes, only pausing to mix their favourite drink, baby cereal.”...

Paraguay: The First 100 Days of Lugo's Presidency

The first 100 days have passed since Paraguay’s elected President Fernando Lugo assumed power last August. Paraguayans were eager for a change, a change that had raised so many expectations...

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