7 April 2009

Stories from 7 April 2009

Egypt: 90th Anniversary of Egyptian Revolution

“This month Egypt should have celebrated as a country officially the 90th anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution in 1919. I am not shocked by the poor and sad reception of the anniversary in Egypt but I am angry from this silly fight between the Wafdists and the nationalists/Nasserists/ Socialists on...

Argentina: A Land of Immigrants and Emigrants

  7 April 2009

Argentina is a country built by immigrants primarily by Europeans who escaped war and hunger in the early 20th century. Later, South Americans and Asians also made a new life in the country having to adapt to new surroundings. However, in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, Argentineans also left their country due to the presence of a military dictatorship, and later a political and economic crisis. All of this movement makes Argentina a land of immigrants and emigrants.

Colombia: David and Goliath Battle Between Supermarkets

  7 April 2009

Piso Tres [es] compares the business rivalry between a smaller supermarket and a larger supermarket chain in Medellín, Colombia to a battle between David and Goliath. Many thought that the smaller store would close, but credits its determination for its success.

Suriname, Dominica: Updates

  7 April 2009

Two updates from Repeating Islands Blog: a Surinamese victims’ group is considering legal action against the Netherlands for its alleged role in the country's 1980 coup and Dominica has declared that it “will no longer be supporting the whale-killing position of the Japanese government in the International Whaling Commission.”

Barbados: Job Losses

  7 April 2009

“In Barbados, the sense of fear expressed in public commentary about job losses has increased in recent weeks”: Both Barbados Underground and Living in Barbados blog about the ripple effects of the global economic crisis.

Haiti: Vaccination Drive

  7 April 2009

The Haitian Blogger has his doubts about the motives of various NGOs that “are in the process of vaccinating 1 million Haitians with an oral polio vaccine.”

Trinidad & Tobago: Facelift

  7 April 2009

“Quick! Look busy. Obama is coming. Hide away anything that would suggest that we have screwed up priorities and should be spending $600 million doing the things we are paying lip service to in the Summit of the Americas declaration
”: Attillah Springer wishes Trinidad and Tobago would get its priorities...

Cuba, U.S.A.: MLK Tributes

  7 April 2009

Havana Times reports on the official Martin Luther King tribute in the capital, while Uncommon Sense blogs about the MLK tribute by Cuban civil rights activists who “gathered to remember and honor King as someone who has inspired their own struggle for freedom and justice.”

Life in East Timor

  7 April 2009

Loro Horta writes about the social and economic situation of East Timor. Horta writes: “While poverty has been part of daily life for the majority, it now exists side by side with small pockets of scandalous affluence resulting from the oil bonanza.”

Armenia-Turkey: Mixed reaction to Obama speech in Ankara

Mindful of the delicate state of negotiations between Armenia and Turkey to resolve the past, U.S. President Barack Obama avoided referring to the massacre and deportation of Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire as genocide during his visit to Turkey this week. Reaction from bloggers has been mixed.

India: Whose Opinions In Opinion Polls?

  7 April 2009

Vinod Sharma at India Retold comments on the opinion polls aired in Indian TV channels: “these polls reflect not the opinion of the people who are going to vote but of ‘opinion makers’ who are using the platforms of these channels.”

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