Stories from 2 March 2009
Haiti: Carnival or Nothing!
The succession of disasters in Haiti in 2008 like the hurricanes Ike, Hannah and Gustav and the tragic collapse of a primary school in November, in Pétionville, has probably made the celebration of Carnival even more relevant and necessary in Haiti this year.
Cuba: Changes in the Cabinet
Cuban president Raúl Castro replaced many ministers in his cabinet and Bloggers Cuba [es] has a complete roundup of these changes.
Barbados: Meet the Press
As the Prime Minister continues to make himself accessible to the media, Barbados Underground hopes to see “an improved performance” from the mainstream media, while pull! push! thinks that “the remarkable thing…is that he is also taking calls from the public, live/on-air. It sends a message. One that says that...
Kenya: Evidence of Police Death Squads
“Bernard Kiirinya was a former driver with the Special Crimes Unit of the Kenya Police. He came forward with evidence of extra-judicial killings to the Kenya National Human Rights Commission,” writes Kenyan Pundit.
Haiti: Remembering the Coup
“In the early morning hours of Feb. 29, 2004, U.S. Special Forces took Haiti's President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and his wife Mildred from their home…the U.S. troops then flew Aristide into exile in Africa, where he remains to this day, five years later”: Blogger Wadner Pierre draws attention to worldwide events...
Nigeria: There are no homosexuals in Nigeria
According to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ojo Madueke, there are no homosexuals in Nigeria.
Bahamas: The State of the Economy
“The Bahamian economy is very likely to crash, and hard. And soon”: Nicolette Bethel makes a prediction.
St. Vincent & the Grenadines: Save the Children
As two children perish in a fire in St. Vincent – allegedly due to a negligent mother – Abeni says: “They say it takes a village to raise a child but obviously the village and state failed as well.”
Africa: Winners of the First African Blog Award for Journalists Are…
The winners of Waxal - Blogging Africa Awards (BAA) have been announced. Waxal is an initiative of Panos Institute of West Africa (PIWA) with the partnership of Highway Africa and Global Voices Online (Sub-Saharan Africa). Waxal (pronounced WA-HAL), which means “speak” in Wolof, captures the essence of the evolution of the worlwide web as a platform for conversation and for raising marginalized voices.
Ukraine on the verge of state bankruptcy
GUS-News claims [GER] that Ukraine is on the verge of state bankruptcy and has the statistics to show why.
Russia: Kadyrov approves honour killings in Chechnya
A Step At A Time reports on a Moscow Times story that Kadyrov has approved of a number of honour killings in Chechnya.
Ecuador: Interactive Tourism Map for Loja
Sur Ecuador [es] writes about Loja Tour, an interactive tourism map created by a student at the International University of Ecuador at Loja.
Costa Rica: R&B Singer Sasha Campbell to Open for U2
Costa Rican R&B singer Sasha Campbell is slated to open for the international rock band U2 on their latest world tour writes Roy Rojas of News Star [es],
Guinea-Bissau: President's assassination sparks alarm at instability
Guinea-Bissau President Joao Bernardo Vieira was assassinated in the first hours of this morning, a few hours after his long term rival, the country's army chief General Batista Tagme, was killed by a bomb blast, late on Sunday. Although the reasons are still unknnon, the crimes have sparked alarm at instability in the young West African republic.
Havana-based Generation Y is “tired of macho wrapped in its olive green uniform” and longs “to switch to words like: prosperity, reconciliation, harmony, coexistence.”
Korea: First dating, how to read your partner within 10 minutes.
How can you find a perfect man for yourself as soon as possible? I discovered that a blogger shares some interesting psychological analyses of how you can read personalities and characteristics of a man you’re dating, and find a man who is suitable for your personality. 남자를 꼭 몇개월씩 사귀어야...
Grenada: Getting Involved
“I knew where this was going, you could see the extreme anger about to surface, like milk when it is about to boil over. I felt like I had to catch it before it was too late”: In Grenada, Free Spirit witnesses an episode of domestic violence and wonders if...
Russia on the move against Ukraine?
Windows to Russia believes that Moscow might again be moving in on an increasingly financially default Ukraine for the country not paying its gas bills to Russian gas monopoly Gazprom.
Russia-Sweden: Wallenberg case as family tragedy
LaurenceJarvikOnline comments on a Wall Street Journal story on how the family of Swedish World War II diplomat, Raoul Wallenberg, suffered from the uncertainty of his destiny in soviet captivity.
Kyrgyzstan: Photo-roundup with not a word about politics
A winter time is ending, and Kyrgyzstan is waiting for the hot spring: the rallies, protest actions and so on. But let's talk about beauty, not about the endless politic. What was the photowinter in Kyrgyzstan? Livejournal user doctormoro posted the unique photos of the famous Kyrgyz actor Suymenkul Chokmorov....
Kazakhstan: Lomography in Almaty
Ehot posts a collection of photography, taken by legendary Lomo camera, which gave name to the whole trend in photo art called lomography.