Stories from 1 July 2009
Ultra Violet posts some pictures of the recent Bangalore Gay Pride Parade and comments: “Gay pride is really about the freedom to be – and love – who one chooses.”
Eva Bartlett writes about Gaza's fishermen who are regularly abducted at sea, or shot at, by the Israeli navy: “The area is rich in fish. The Israelis know this and don’t want Palestinian fishermen benefiting from it. It’s part of the siege.”
In the last few months there has been a storm brewing between different parties here in South Africa related to the public health care system. Doctors, unions and government are at odds without being able to come to a compromise. There have been accusations made by all sides and doctors...
Faisal K at Deadpan Thoughts comments on the bitter-sweet India-Pakistan relations: “We might have parted ways in 47 but our hearts and minds even though sometimes misled are still one.”
Mohammad Tauheed, a TED Fellow from Bangladesh has recently hosted “TEDxDhaka” the first TEDx event (x= independently organized TED event) in Bangladesh.
Roy Rojas of the News Star [es] describes the way that some people in Costa Rica scam others through the import of used cars from abroad.
Blogger Wadner Pierre reports that “Haitians appeared skeptical of the recent senatorial elections.”
Ian Wright at Japanian analyzes the implications of the diminishing population in Japan from an economic, political, and military point of view.
Chris at Dominica Weekly says that “the possible influence that Hugh Chavez…might have on the outcome of the next general election should be something every that Dominican should be concern[ed] about.”
This Beach Called Life compares Trinidad and Tobago with Neverland: “In our Neverland, criminals will never be caught, our economy will never prosper without high oil prices, our money never stop being wasted on nonproductive ego-trips and our leaders will never stop climbing on the back of democracy to become...
rOOse, a blogger on the YVision.kz blog platform in Kazakhstan, has posted [ru] a letter from the government to the principals of schools and colleges across the country containing recommendations to upload videos to the KazTube.Kz video portal, which was created in February 2009 at the expense of the state budget.
Bermudian bloggers discuss the pros and cons of the proposed construction of a new hotel on the island.
Susana Villarán writes about the “dangerous polarization [es]” that is taking place in Peruvian society and politics, including how some independent bloggers are being categorized on one end of the spectrum or the other.
Jamaica's Girl With a Purpose predicts that Asafa Powell will give Bolt and Gay a run for their money in the 100m at the Berlin World Championships this August.
Egyptian blogger Wael Abbas was detained and questioned for 13 hours upon arrival in Cairo from a conference in Sweden. “finally released after 13 hours, found the lost bag, but they took the laptop still, i'm home now, will try to rest no calls plz thank u all,” he tweets...
Life in Dubai posts a photograph of workers in the heat, wearing straw hats and comments: “I came across this gang of labourers this morning, looking very stylish in their straw hats.”
From Israel, Anglosaxy continues narrating how he ended up in Israel in this post.
Syrian Hosam Akras [ar] marks the death of King of Pop Michael Jackson by posting his photographs in this post.
“The Iranian people have the virtues of a great civilization running through their veins. We love you Iran,” tweets Queen Rania of Jordan here.
Tikun Olam‘s Richard Silverstein, who is based in the US, writes about the capture of a ferry carrying 23 human rights activists who were attempting to break the siege on Gaza by the IDF. “Israel had no right to intercept this ship, nor to impound it or detain its passengers....
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