Stories from 19 December 2008
UN Dispatch reports that Col. Theoneste Bagosora, and two accomplices, Maj. Aloys Ntabakuze and Colonel Anatole Nsengiyumva were sentenced to life imprisonment for “genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes” by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda today.
Omanba at Ghanaconscious gives a few reasons why handing back power to local governments would be good in Ghana, as a new government approaches after the December 7th elections.
Achelois: a retired goddess comments on the animal sacrifice in Islam and the tradition of letting children watch the slaughtering: “I believe that there is no need or reason for us to show animals being killed to young children.”
Bibek Paudel discusses about the constant power outages in Nepal which are disrupting the daily lives of the Nepalis.
Tshering Tobgay writes about the problems of teaching history in Dzongkha, the national language of Bhutan.
In the Middle of Nowhere draws up two scenarios of the possible events after the impending general election in Bangladesh.
The first BarCamp in Central Africa will take place in Brazzaville on December 23, 2008: “BarCamp Congo is organized by the Committee for the Promotion of Information Technology in Congo (COPTIC), of which I am a member. The committee comprises officials and enterprises of the ICT sector.”
Keith blogs about Fulani Christian Convention in Burkina Faso: “Tonight was the start of the conference for Fulani believers of Oudalan, our province, in the north-east of Burkina
Chernobyl and Eastern Europe writes about the effect of Chernobyl on sheep breeding in Wales, and posts links to panoramic photos from the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone – here and here.
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Onika Henry at Discover TnT Blog recounts her experience at this year's Tobago Blue Food Festival.
“You could call it the independence summit”: The Cuban Triangle takes a look at the meeting of Latin American and Caribbean leaders in Brazil, adding that it “seems to have been about independence from Washington and a big way of expressing that independence was opposition to U.S. policy toward Cuba.”
HaitiAnalysis.com and The Haitian Blogger republish a statement from Amnesty International which voices their concern over death threats against journalist Joseph Guyler Delva that are possibly related to “both his involvement in an investigation into the murder of Haitian journalist Jean Dominique and his reporting on the controversial election of...
“Our lazy stream, meandering through the softest rock, is now faced with turbulence, restriction and stagnation that have caught most completely unawares”: Christopher Lowe at Weblog Bahamas says that the silver lining of the global financial crisis – at least for Bahamians – is that “we are being forced to...
As the Vincentian courts hand down judgment on Stacy Wilson‘s murderer, Abeni says: “Death by hanging usually makes me squeamish and uncomfortable but in Sean Samuel's case it was welcomed with something akin to joy.”
The Bajan Reporter calls the closing of Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary a “sad day for [the] Government of Barbados and Bajan tourism.”
“An issue which seems to be troubling the government over their decision to reinstate the death penalty, is the worry that foreign governments will stop making aid contributions”: Jamaica Salt explains.
Since this October, teachers in Sichuan, Chongqing, Inner Mongolia, Shanxi, Hunan, Hubei, Guangdong went on strike, demanding a salary raise. According to local media report, the strike started from Sichuan Pi Region (陴縣) in Sep 23, teachers demanded local government to follow national law (such as Teachers Law) and raise...
Within the period of two days, two landslides caused much damage and death in Kuala Lumpur. This perhaps might not have made such major headlines had it not occurred just a few days to the 15th anniversary of the Highland Towers tragedy, which caused the deaths of 48 people.
Edo from Pink Tentacle has a collection on digital illustrations of mechs, droids and borgs.
Bangkok Pundit has posted a statement from Thongchai Winichakul calling for rule of law in Thailand as a means to end conflict. Bangkok Pundit also criticises the National Human Rights Commission.