Stories from 14 January 2009
Angola: With Ebola Around the Corner, Borders Are Closed
The ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has not spread into Angola. To prevent it happening, the neighbouring country has shut down its borders with the DRC and suspended all migration movements to protect its population from the spread of this fatal virus. Clara Onofre reports.
Morocco: The Mendacity of Hope
A Moroccan About the World Around Him analyzes the actions of US President-Elect Barack Obama in regard to Israel's attacks on Gaza.
Pakistan: Gentrification in Pakistan
All Things Pakistan tells all about gentrification in Pakistan.
Morocco: The Amazigh People
From Warp to Weft shares information about the Amazigh New Year, Yennayer, and of the Amazigh (Berber) people of Morocco.
Palestine: “I don't have guns or weapons. I struggle by telling the truth”
In this roundups of blogs from Gaza, we hear how an ambulance driver deals with his fear, the effect of the warning announcements made by the IDF on local TV and radio stations – and how the possibility of leaving Gaza is the only thing giving an NGO worker the strength to go on.
India: Who Will Be The Next Prime Minister?
Indian Elections 2009 has some tips on the probable candidates for the post of Prime Minister of India.
Bhutan: Change In Politics Leads To Change In Culture
Freedom in Bhutan informs that the change in politics in Bhutan has brought changes in protectionist policies related to culture such as ‘One Nation One People’ and Driglam Namzha (dress and language etiquette).
A Project named “Send Love to Iran”
BriAnna Olson is an American artist who uses “Send Love to Iran” as an attempt to see the Islamic Republic of Iran through the eyes of a contemporary American artist. The project had its unlikely beginnings at the foot of the World Trade Center on the 5th anniversary of the...
Bangladesh: Power from Human
Bhaboghure Jhor (Vagrant Storm) has a brilliant idea to solve the power problem in Bangladesh using surplus population: “We will mount thousands of cycle in a building and generators will be connected with them. So instead of moving forward the paddlers will rotate the shaft of the generator by cycling...
China: Blogging for Change
Although Bullog.cn, one of the most influential independent blog hosting platform in China, has been shut down under the pretext of internet cleaning of smut, a number of prominent bloggers declared that they would continue to speak. A few days ago, Sohu, a commercial blog hosting company, hosted a blogger...
Trinidad & Tobago: Clear the Way for Carnival
To get into gear for Trinidad and Tobago Carnival, Caribbean Free Radio posts the first in a series of podcasts with rapso group 3 Canal.
Cuba, Chile: Official Visit
The Chilean President is scheduled to make a trip to Havana, during which she has declined to meet with a group of dissidents and former political prisoners. Child of the Revolution is disheartened by the news, saying: “Given Ms Bachelet’s experiences under the Pinochet dictatorship and her long-held commitment to...
Trinidad & Tobago: Dangerous Trees?
As trees surrounding Trinidad's Piarco International Airport are cut down for security purposes, Francomenz and Notes from Port of Spain put in their two cents.
Anguilla, St. Kitts: Financial Confidentiality
“I always thought my correspondence with my bank was supposed to be private”: Corruption-free Anguilla discovers that not every bank is necessarily meeting its confidentiality obligations.
U.S. Virgin Islands: Students to Attend Inauguration
News of St. John reports that “three students from the Gifft Hill School will be on hand when Barack Obama takes the oath of President next Tuesday.”
St. Vincent & the Grenadines: Football Fever
Blogging from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Abeni believes that skill is more important than size when it comes to football.
Iran: “Ultrasurf is an alternative for Freegate”
Several Iranian bloggers say Freegate, a software utility that enables surfers from mainland China, Iran, among others, to view websites banned by their government, is not anymore free. They say Ultrasurf is an alternative.
Iran:Revolutionary Guards and blogging
Harvard Berkman Center's Internet and Democracy Project blog writes that the Islamic Revolutionary Guards has announced a project to launch 10000 blogs.
Iran: Two men were stoned to death
Varesh, an Iran based blogger, says[fa] that Iranian authorities did not keep their promises to stop stoning and two men who had been convicted of adultery were stoned in December.
The beauty of Sudan in pictures
Memoirs of a Sudanese breath has been posting a series of pictures of Sudan under the title “Beauty of Sudan“: battling women, traveling by donkey or camel in rural areas, a gula water container, landscapes, public transportation vehicles, and more landscapes.
Comparing Illinois governor Blagojevic and his Nigerian counterparts
Grandiose Parlor draws a parallel between the impeachment of the Illinois State Governor (U.S) Rod Blagojevic over corruption charges, with Nigerian governors: “while the two are corrupt – well, maybe not in equal measures-, the political system in the state of Illinois is able to self-correct, promptly”. The blog also...