10 December 2008

Stories from 10 December 2008

D.R. Congo: Authorities close Lake Bukavu to fishing

  10 December 2008

Congoblog [Fr] reports on a planned 3-month closure of Lake Bukavu, in eastern Congo:  “This decision by local authorities has upset a number of fishermen on whose fish the town of Bukavu depends and who have no other means of subsistence.  ‘This is an illegal and inhumane decision.  We are going...

Guadeloupe: Gas too expensive; the island is blocked!

  10 December 2008

After the general blackout in French Guiana, it's now the turn of the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe to wake up all numbed. The butterfly shaped island linked by the bridges of “le Pont de la Gabarre” and “le Pont de l'Alliance” has been paralyzed on both sides: Grande-Terre and...

Bangla News Headline Aggregator in Unicode

  10 December 2008

On a trail less travelled shares the link of a new site (Kashphool.com) which aggregates news headlines (সংবাদ শিরোনাম) from Bangla/Bengali online newspapers published from Bangladesh and India converting them in Unicode from different dynamic-font schemes.

South Asian Laborers Duped Again in Iraq

  10 December 2008

After 12 Nepalese laborers had been kidnapped and murdered by Iraqi terrorist group Ansar al-Sunna in 2004, there was hope that officials in Iraq, United States and in Nepal would take steps to ensure the safety and security of those traveling to Iraq in search of work. Unfortunately, reports suggest...

Puerto Rico, Barbados, Guyana: Indigenous Rights

  10 December 2008

The Voice of the Taino People Online reports that Damon Corrie, “the sometimes controversial Barbados born Indigenous Rights activist of Guyanese Arawak descent” is attending negotiations on the draft American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Dominica: Rights of the Child

  10 December 2008

“The stunning reality is there are a number of incidents of uncalled-for brutality and abuse against children every day in our society”: Dominica Weekly says that there is a fine line between discipline and child abuse.

Bahamas: Death of an Icon

  10 December 2008

“Mr. Farrington was one of the most brilliant men I have ever met. He was often in another world, but when he was in ours his intellect was staggering”: Nicolette Bethel acknowledges the passing of a Bahamian “cultural giant”.

Trinidad & Tobago: Waste Not

  10 December 2008

“The next time you see your neighbor’s garbage scattered on the road don’t think of it as an unsightly mess but as an opportunity to get to know them better”: Blogging from Trinidad and Tobago, This Beach Called Life gets trashy!

DR Congo: Subversive photo montages

  10 December 2008

Art me Africa features the work of Sammy Baloji, a Congolese artist that “extracts b&w images of migrant mine workers from the early 20th Century and superimposes them over contemporary shots of the now abandoned industrial landscape”.

Tajikistan: Aging Cars Resurrection

  10 December 2008

Daniel McIntosh writes about Khujand’s cargo train station in the northern part of Tajikistan, where retired vehicles of the developed world are given a second life to later go on to become a family’s pride in one of Central Asia’s poorest countries.

Uzbekistan: Economic Model?

  10 December 2008

Nathan reports that preisdent of Uzbekistan Islom Karimov in his recent public speech took a moment to heap praise upon himself for his wise economic policy decisions, while much of the population lives in poverty and hundreds of thousands of Uzbek people have left the country for seasonal jobs elsewhere.

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