Stories from 3 March 2009
UK: ‘Stamping Out’ Media Racism Against Indigenous Peoples
Amid growing awareness about indigenous peoples’ issues in the world, British periodicals The Guardian and The Observer have new guidelines against using two phrases that activists say marginalize and de-legitimize indigenous peoples.
Hungary: Police Force; Crimes Against Gypsies
Hungarian Spectrum writes about the Hungarian police – “for every 100,000 citizens there are 420 policemen” – and about crimes against gypsies (here and here).
Azerbaijan: Od Çərşənbəsi
Sheki, Azerbaijan informs its readers of Od Çərşənbəsi, a traditional observance that will eventually usher in the fire holiday of Newroz.
Colombia: More on the Illegal Wire Tappings
Last week, the illegal wire tapping scandal uncovered by Semana news magazine was the main headline in most news outlets and the talk of the day on some blogs in Colombia. Bloggers continue to write about this issue and react to the steps taken by the government in light of the revelations.
Sri Lanka: LTTE was not behind
London, Lanka and drums reminds those who speculate that the LTTE is behind the attack on Sri Lankan cricketers in Lahore: “The Sri Lankan cricket team is a phenomenon, possibly the only one, that has united Sri Lanka through the last twenty or thirty years. We all know that. When...
Sri Lanka: Who Shoots Cricketers?
Indi.ca from Sri Lanka exclaims: “It’s absolutely shameful to shoot cricketers, I mean, who shoots cricketers? It’s the one glimmer that unites everyone across this godforsaken subcontinent. Sri Lanka is one of the few teams which has agreed to play in Pakistan recently, and now they’ve been shot.”
Paraguay: The Widening of Choferes del Chaco Avenue
Construction and the widening of the Choferes del Chaco Avenue in Asunción Paraguay has meant the removal of many of the trees, as well as the installation of stop lights that have attracted vendors and beggars writes Pepa Kostianovsky of De Pe a Pa [es].
Nicaragua: Twitter Community Road Trip to Granada
The Nicaraguan Twitter community Twittnic [es] is organizing its 4th meet-up, which will be a road trip to the city of Granada.
Pakistan: Inching Towards A Failed State
Muneeb Ali comments on the attack on Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore: “I must admit. I am scared. For the first time, the glaring reality that Pakistan is a failed state is sinking in. We are all waiting for a train-wreck, with everyone on board. And I believe that...
Pakistan: Terror Hits Cricket!
Today morning a dozen of gunmen attacked the Sri Lankan cricket team ahead of a cricket match with Pakistan team in Lahore. This bloody onslaught has left seven people including five Policemen dead and six Sri Lankan players were amongst the number of injured. The terrorists were armed with latest...
Chile: New Chess National Champion Hails from Maule
Maulee.cl [es] writes that Hugo López Silva is the new Chilean national champion in chess and hails from Osorno in the Maule region.
Nicaragua: Electronic Version of Magazine Idea
Sergio Simpson provides the electronic version of the Nicaraguan social sciences magazine Idea [es], which includes articles on the communities of San Rafael del Norte – Jinotega, Matagalpa, Siuna, Puerto Cabezas and Bluefields.
Zimbabwe: Marechera's Love Sonnets
Eshuneutics continues with her discussion of Dambudzo Marechera's Love Sonnets. Part 7 of her posts discusses the introduction to Amelia Sonnets, which begins with the statement, “Every act of love is a recapitulation of the whole history of human emotion.” Marechera was Zimbabwean author.
Zimbabwe: On Morgan Tsvangirai New Mercedes Benz
This is what Zimbabwean blogger Denford thinks of Morgan Tsvangirai new Mercedes Benz, “These are state vehicles, which means the country is spending money on things like this while it goes begging for handouts outside the country. If I were a donor, I would see no reason to reward such...
Kenya: Two Governments in One
According to Kenyan blogger Rachel Wambui, there are two governments in the “coalition” government in Kenya.
Estonia: Independence Day Parade in Narva
Itching for Eestimaa writes about the location of this year's Independence Day parade.
Maneno: A Multilingual Blogging Platform Built For African Bloggers
Maneno is a new blogging platform that promises to offer blogging and communication solutions for bloggers with limited or narrow-bandwith in Sub-Saharan Africa. Maneno is a Swahili word, which means “words.” Considering the multilingual nature of the region, Maneno was built to allow for multiple language versions of articles to...
Estonia: From Business To Politics
Itching for Eestimaa writes about new approaches in Estonian politics: “And so in a few years time, the Estonian state may come to be run in a way that is not significantly different from how Swedbank or MTV Eesti has been run. I am not sure if that is a...
Guadeloupe: Songs to support the strike
Kam who blogs at Fwiyapin shows [Fr] how instrumental music and chants have played a part in the recent social movement in Guadeloupe, by quoting the latest songs of Guadeloupean artists, in a post entitled “Lyriks kont Pwofitasyon” [Creole] (lyrics against all sorts of abuse).
Czech Republic: Coverage of the Economy
The Reference Frame writes about the coverage of the Czech economy in the FT and the Economist and the Czech National Bank's clarifications.
Martinique, Guadeloupe: “Threat” of Independence
Martinican blogger Imaniyé expresses [Fr] her surprise at the fact that whenever French West Indians speak out to claim their rights, the French Government replies with a “threat” of independence.