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27 February 2009

Stories from 27 February 2009

Bangladesh: Why The BDR Massacre?

Shada Kalo analyzes the motives behind the BDR (Border guards) mutiny in Bangladesh and discusses the intelligence and negotiation failures as the horror of massacre of army officers by the...

Colombia: Restrictions and Curfew in Medellín

In Medellín, Colombia, Juan David Escobar is critical about the new restrictions for male passengers on motorcycles and a city-wide curfew for bars outside of designated areas [es]. He points...

Bolivia: Donations Other than Ambulances

With the recent crisis involving dengue fever throughout Bolivia, Carlos Gustavo Machicado of Guccio's [es] writes that there are more pressing health concerns in which donations other than ambulances are...

GCC: Currency Dilemma for Arab Gulf Consumers

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) hopes to achieve a monetary union, with a common currency, by 2010. Bloggers from the region, which groups Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman and the...

Trinidad & Tobago, U.S.A.: Aggravation Nation

Trinidadian blogger Now is Wow Too is finding the U.S.A. “an unfortunate source of aggravation”.

Mexico: Criticizing Wasteful Government Spending

The Mexican federal government recently updated information about its expenses and its budgets for various public institutions on their transparency portal. Using this public information, many bloggers have identified expenses...

Trinidad & Tobago: Living for Carnival

This Beach Called Life suspects that Trinidad Carnival may have a positive impact on longevity.

Bermuda: Budget Response

From Bermuda, Vexed Bermoothes comments on the opposition's response to the government's 2009-10 Budget.

Uganda: Fire destroys Owino Market

A massive fire gutted Kampala's Owino Market early Wednesday morning, seriously injuring five people and destroying thousands of stalls. As many as 25,000 traders, mostly women, are estimated to have...

Bangladesh: Massacre Cannot be Justified

“What do you call it when a group of ‘disgruntled’ BDR soldiers [Bangladesh border guards] started their expression of grievances by open-firing on the commissioned army officers? Mutiny? Rebellion? Revolt?...

Guyana: The Ripple Effect

The far-ranging effects of the CL Financial failure have now reached Guyana. One blogger has been assiduously following the latest developments...

Jamaica: Passion

Jamaican diaspora blogger Geoffrey Phlip republishes text from a lecture he gave about the importance of pursuing your passions.

India: Environmental Scholars On a Very Cool Mission

About two weeks ago, I read in Tom Friedman's column in the New York Times about two young scholars from the U.S who were on a very impressive mission in...

Armenia: 1 March post-election clash anniversary

As the opposition prepares to mark the 1 March post-election clashes which left at least 10 dead, The Armenian Observer says tensions are increasing in the capital, Yerevan. Meanwhile, writing...

Armenia: Dollar Panic

The Armenian Observer reports that many in the country are rushing to change their local currency into dollars and limits have been introduced at currency exchanges.

Japan: Bloggers on the Nakagawa affair

Over a week has passed since now-infamous footage of Japan's former finance minister Shōichi Nakagawa stumbling through a 20 minute speech at the G7 meeting in Rome made world headlines...

Kyrgyzstan: Smoke Country

Elena published some information about smoking among the youth in Kyrgyzstan.

Kazakhstan: Rally of the opposition

Zhanna writes a post about the rally staged by the leading Kazakhstani opposition party in Almaty.

Korea: Economic downturn and which companies have the best chances for survival.

While all of us hope the economic downturn is over soon, it seems that it’s a long term battle. Companies are cutting employees or decreasing their business scope. A netizen...

Kyrgyzstan: Hard Time for the Opposition

Elena writes a history of the persecution of the oppositional movements in Kyrgyzstan.

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