Stories from 26 March 2009
Repeating Islands Blog reports that “Trinidadian writer V. S. Naipaul is among the nominees for the Man Booker International Prize.”
“The children of Trinidad & Tobago are this morning sitting the dreaded SEA (Secondary Entrance Assessment) exam that replaced the even-more-dreaded 11-Plus”: Barbados-based B.C. Pires shares his thoughts.
“Further media details indicate that the suspect is a 24 year old man. Apparently, the man was found with a camera, jewelry and an imitation firearm”: Bajan Dream Diary links to mainstream media articles that provide details about the suspect in the Terry Schwarzfeld murder.
Living in Barbados admits: ‘It's not easy being green”, but he's trying.
Amman, Jordan, will turn off its lights for one hour on Saturday as part of Earth Hour, a worldwide initiative which urges people to turn off their lights for an hour on the 28th of every month, reports The Black Iris.
Writing on the International Federation of Liberal Youth blog, Bart Woord sums up a month of traveling in the South Caucasus by saying that democracy and governance are in a pitifully depressing state in all three former Soviet republics.
Ampontan gives an update on the Japan political climate that the voting public will erupt, soon or late, is inevitable.
Korea Beat translated a local feature article on the 90 years of Soju evolution.
The citizen media project, Convergentes in Medellín, Colombia, is restarting “with new spirit.” The site for HiperBarrio [es] has a summary of these latest activities.
Mexico City is running out of water. Daniel Hernandez of Intersections writes about what the local government is doing to address the situation, but officials say “drastic steps” may need to be considered including the possibility of turning off the water on the weekends.
David Bandurski from China Media Project reports on the Chinese government's propaganda campaign on Tibet and the trip of “Living Buddha” to north America, but all effort seems to be in vain.
OLPC News introduces readers to the new project in Paraguay that is working with 10 schools in Caacupé through the distribution of XO laptops for children.
Norman summarizes the Linux Tour in San Pedro Sula, Honduras [es]. A team of open-source software users are traveling around Central America to provide workshops and lectures on the possible uses of this type of software.
An agrarian reform in Paraguay is possible writes Liam of Políticamente Incorrecto [es], but will take a lot of work and if the state corrects its errors.
It's the sixth anniversary of the Iraq war and while bloggers remember the past, few seem to look to the future anymore. Salam Adil reviews the Iraqi blogosphere for reactions.
On March 24, 1999, NATO forces began attack on Serbia and Montenegro. The bombing went for 78 days. A few thousand people were killed, many buildings, bridges, railroads, roads and factories were destroyed. Also, many people still experience mental and psychic effects of the fear they had been through. Ten years later, Serbian bloggers are reminded of those terrible days. Below is a selection of some of their journal notes and recollections from the beginning of the war.