11 December 2008

Stories from 11 December 2008

Cuba: Gabo in Havana

  11 December 2008

Both Yohandry's Weblog (ES) and Havana Times blog about Nobel Laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez's visit to Cuba “for the final days of the Havana Film Festival, an annual event that he rarely misses.”

Haiti, U.S.A.: Relief Delay

  11 December 2008

The Haitian Blogger reports that storm victims are dying of starvation because of the delay in getting goods to the island: “The situation is that aid agencies are in control of foreign aid to Haiti and the Haitian government as usual, is being cut out of the picture and were...

St. Vincent & the Grenadines: Differently-Abled

  11 December 2008

“I thought that not so long ago, children with disabilities were like dirty family secrets to be kept hidden away and far from curious eyes”: Abeni attends a Christmas programme at a School for Children with Special Needs in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and comes away with the realization...

Trinidad & Tobago: Artistry

  11 December 2008

Blogging from Trinidad and Tobago, the bookmann interviews Trinidadian wire artist Susan Dayal and reviews graphic artist Marlon Darbeau's most recent installation.

Cuba: Idealogical Monogamy

  11 December 2008

“If concepts such as ‘sick’ have now been banished from the study of homosexuality, why does the adjective ‘counterrevolutionary’ continue to be used for those who think differently”: Yoani Sanchez puts the question to Mariela Castro Espin, the director of the Cuban National Center for Sex Education.

Guyana: Flooding

  11 December 2008

Living Guyana posts photos of the capital city, which has been inundated with flood waters.

Philippines: War in Mindanao

  11 December 2008

A Mindanao-born student explains that the number one reason for the unresolved conflict in the southern Philippines is the national government's disregard of the Moro people's right to self-determination.

Armenia: Anti-Corruption Day

  11 December 2008

Armenia: Higher Education & Sciences comments on how Tuesday's Anti-Corruption Day was marked in the country. However, the blog concludes that given the amount of corruption in the education system, such an event should be held daily rather than annually and ironically notes that a recent survey of university students...

Australia rallies to “Stop the Clean Feed”

  11 December 2008

The Australian blogosphere has largely come together to protest a government internet filtering scheme that will require Internet Service Providers to offer a “Clean-Feed” service to all homes, schools and public access points to the internet.

Afghanistan: Chafing Under Talibanization

  11 December 2008

All is not smooth sailing in Afghanistan, and Azar Balkhi explains why: The Taliban insurgency is historically a predominantly Pashtun movement, still have very little influence among other Afghanistan minority ethnic groups like the Tajiks, Uzbek and Hazaras. It’s hard to keep others from one who believes that gun is...

Greece: Photos From Athens

  11 December 2008

piran café posts photos sent by a friend in Athens and writes: “This looks more like Beirut than the city that hosted the 2004 Summer Olympic Games.”

Taiwan: police evict Wild Strawberries

  11 December 2008

In the early hours of this morning police forcibly evicted students from the Wild Strawberry movement [report also in Chinese (zh)] from Freedom Square in Taipei. The students had maintained a continuous protest there for over one month after an earlier protest at the Executive Yuan in response to police...

Egypt: Inanities on Homosexuality

  11 December 2008

Sarah Carr, blogger and journalist addresses how a published feature titled “Honey, I’m homosexual” and online comments perpetuate myths about homosexuality and, in doing so, contributes to the culture of intolerance in Egyptian society.

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