Stories from 5 March 2009
The first time it seemed like a freak attack: an anomaly separate from time and place. The second, it was a nightmare. Now it has happened again. Israeli news reported today what appears to be the third terrorist attack with a bulldozer in the last eight months, writes Maya Norton, who reviews the reactions of Israeli bloggers in this post.
The Ayeyarwaddy reported that there had been two bomb explosions in Yangon, Myanmar on Tuesday night. Luckily, no one was injured.
Several bloggers from across the Arab World are marking their birthdays online with philosophical posts, describing their lives, hopes, accomplishments and dreams. Here's a selection of posts.
Lilu Thapa at United We Blog! for a Democratic Nepal thinks that the mutiny of paramilitary soldiers in Bangladesh “should cause a serious concern to the policy makers and the senior officers of the uniformed forces in Nepal as well.”
Talibans have blown up a Sufi shrine in Peshawar. Let us build Pakistan explains why they attack the shrines. Hasan Mubarak at Lahore Metblogs questions whether Sufism can be the savior from the current situation.
Sandeep Bansal at Desicritics discusses how should India respond to the terrorist attacks on Pakistan and thinks that “it is in India's own interest to take the lead and ensure stability in the region”.
Read all about Christian Okpara, the Nigerian who wants to join Italian Parliament.
Pamoja Mtaani (Together in the Hood) is a video game that teaches Kenyan youth how to avoid contracting HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
Jordanian blogger Naseem Tarawnah posts a Reuters photograph showing a Palestinian man sitting near the Jaffa Gata in Jerusalem's Old City and notes: “If this picture doesn’t personify the Palestinian experience, I don’t know what does.”
El Yacare [es] writes about a campaign called “A Pencil for Me” in Mbya indigenous communities in Paraguay to help provide children with school supplies.
The company Nintendo recently requested help in cracking down on piracy of video games in countries like Mexico. Tome Chango Su Banana explains that piracy won't stop “unless they lower their prices” and compares prices of the console and games in his country and the United States.
The newest football stadium in Benghazi, Libya is being named after Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez writes Venezuela News and Views.
On March 7, Los Caminos del Vino is organizing a Grape Harvest Festival in Uruguay where wine enthusiasts can learn about the entire winemaking process from the “vineyard to the glass” writes D Todo 1 Poco [es].
Abdullah Waheed raises some issues and questions whether democracy is the best choice for Maldives.
Tshering Tobgay describes how dependent the Bhutanese farmers are on the weather to get a good or bad harvest.
Hidden Cities, from Syria, uncovers photographs of architectural gems from yesteryear in this post.
Kalash discusses US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's comments on Gaza and Hamas during her visit to the Middle East in this post.
“This month…is the sixth anniversary of the ‘black spring’ crackdown during which the Group of 75 human rights and democracy activists, journalists…and other dissidents were arrested and sentenced to lengthy prison terms”: Cuban diaspora blogger Uncommon Sense thinks “it is one of the better moments on the calendar to remind...
As the Jamaican Prime Minister reasserts his vow not to yield to pressure from lobby groups “to ‘liberalize'…unjust laws which overly scrutinize and punish some men for engaging in consensual sexual practices with each other”, Long Bench maintains that his position is an “irresponsible double standard.”
Barbados Underground says that despite his availability to the media, “the big void appears to be the incoherent vision of Prime Minister Thompson on how he plans to reposition the Barbados economy for the future.”
“Can the Government appointed Board inspire customer confidence? Will Clico be run like the hospitals or the Ministry of Works? Can Agents promise it won’t?”: Blogging from Trinidad and Tobago, This Beach Called Life wants to know if you would buy a CLICO insurance policy.