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14 August 2009

Stories from 14 August 2009

Palestine: In Jail For Being Palestinian

In the West Bank, Samuel Nichols writes: “A man came to our house, asking, ‘Where is Nasser?’ I didn't quite know how to respond, because Nasser is in jail. He's not in jail because he did anything wrong. He's in jail because he's Palestinian.”

Haiti: The U.N. & Elections

  14 August 2009

Dying in Haiti publishes an article by Bob Corbett which speculates as to “why the United Nations could keep so silent about the fraud during Haiti's April Senatorial elections and the June runoffs”, adding: “It's time to make some significant changes; now.”

Barbados: Domestic Violence Charges

  14 August 2009

Caribbean bloggers are following the story of a Barbadian politician who has resigned under suspicion of spousal abuse charges. Living in Barbados comments: “The story is huge. Caribbean politicians do not resign for much. They certainly do not resign for things like wife/woman beating–a sport where the region could produce...

Guyana: “Brigah”-Free

  14 August 2009

“Guyanese got a word for this way of behaving. Anybody who is too proud or haughty, we does say them is brigah”: Guyana-Gyal attends a wedding that is refreshingly free of labels.

Sri Lanka: Flood In IDP Camps

  14 August 2009

GroundViews informs that “torrential rains in Vavuniya throughout the day have severely affected IDPs interned in Menik Camp, particularly in Zone 3 and Zone 4.” See Vidura's Twitter messages http://twitter.com/apelankawe for updates from the ground.

Jamaica: Track & Field

  14 August 2009

Iriegal reports that all 5 Jamaican track and field athletes have now been cleared of charges “after the country's anti-doping panel failed to determine whether the banned substance was on the prohibited list”, while Abeng News Magazine interviews Veronica Campbell-Brown, who will seek to defend her world title at the...

Trinidad & Tobago: Raisin in the Sun

  14 August 2009

Diligently studying the contents of his breakfast cereal, Trinidadian B.C.Pires notices some similarities between raisin bran and politicians: “It strikes me we could be talking about governments as easily as cereals here.”

India: Internet And Confidence

  14 August 2009

Arunn at Unruled Notebook tells why writing Science in the internet is a waste of time in India's context: “Indian public doesn’t have high confidence on the information they receive from the internet.”

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Cuba: The Maleconazo

  14 August 2009

August 5th marked the 15 year anniversary of the largest uprising of discontent the revolutionary government of Castro faced since the early years of the triumph of the revolution: The Maleconazo.

Bangladesh: Krishna Janmashtami Parade

  14 August 2009

Sadiq Alam at Inspirations and Creative Thoughts writes about the Janmashtami Parade in Dhaka, which is celebrated to mark the birthday of Lord Krishna: “(the) most striking feature of Janmashtami Parade is the custom of dressing up as Krishna, Radha and other characters from the life of Krishna.”

Bahrain: No Adoption By Expatriates

Coolred writes about the recent case of an abandoned baby: “There have been quite a few expats here in Bahrain that came forward wanting to adopt this baby boy. Turns out the Bahrain govt is REFUSING to allow an expat to adopt him.”

India: Swine Flu Scare

  14 August 2009

In India, the Swine flu deaths rose to twenty from ten in a matter of a couple of days. But panic is spreading more than the virus itself.

El Salvador: SV Net and the Administration of the Domain .sv

  14 August 2009

FaFa Monge provides his thoughts on the SVNet, which is the agency that is responsible for administering the domain addresses .sv [es] for El Salvador. Even though the prices are acceptable, Monge thinks that the site could do more to encourage the purchase of these domains, such as offering the...

Bolivia: Bizz Awards for Companies

  14 August 2009

Renzo Colanzi of Mientras Estás Aquí [es] uncovers the real meaning of the “Bizz Awards,” which Bolivian companies like the airline Aerosur have been congratulations themselves for receiving. Colanzi finds out that companies can pay to register and receive the award.

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