16 October 2009

Stories from 16 October 2009

Morocco: Praise for Islamic Finance

  16 October 2009

In a recent blog post, Paris-based Moroccan blogger Larbi (Fr) takes a closer look at Islamic finance. He writes: “While global finance has collapsed and the world was plunged into a financial crisis like no other, a little village still resists to this wave. It is called: “Islamic Finance”. Crisis?...

Morocco: Banking fees uncovered

  16 October 2009

In a recent post, moroccan blogger Omar El-Hyani [Fr] explores banking fees in Morocco. He conducted a comparative review of major banks in Morocco based on the most common operations a bank customer is likely to perform.

Bermuda: PATI Pending

  16 October 2009

Of Bermuda's pending Public Access To Information legislation, Catch a fire says: “I don’t understand the reason for PATI only applying to information created following the enactment of PATI. It certainly leaves the government open to rumour-mongering and undermines the credibility of PATI.”

Puerto Rico: Reflections on the National Strike

  16 October 2009

On October 15, thousands of Puerto Ricans flooded the streets to protest the government's lay-off of around 17,000 government employees. Flows of information, opinions, videos and images traveled through the Puerto Rican blogosphere and twittersphere like lightning. Here are some of their reflections.

Namibia: Petition to end forced sterilisation

  16 October 2009

A campaign has been launched to end forced sterilisation in Namibia: “A coalition of civil society organisations has called on Namibians to join a campaign condemning the sterilisation of women living with HIV without their informed consent.”

China: How old is the motherland?

  16 October 2009

Joel Martinsen from DANWEI translated several articles reacting to the propaganda that equalized the 60th anniversary of PRC to 60-year-old birthday of motherland (China).

China: From class struggle to marry

  16 October 2009

ESWN translates a debate that reflects the young generation's value in present day China. The debate is on whether the Chinese communist party's model drama heroine, White Haired Girl, should marry the evil landlord.

Israel: Future Gay Tourist Hub?

  16 October 2009

Is Israel becoming a hub of international gay tourism, I Googled Israel ponders. He observes: “There is a clear trend definitely geared towards bringing in more gay vacationers and, to be more precise, their holiday dollars.”

Israel: Exploring Hebrew's Latin Roots

  16 October 2009

BaLashon (On the Tongue) explores the Hebrew term kalgas קלגס, meaning soldier. He discovers Latin roots: “Caliga- Roman sandals, secured with nails (which made quite a bit of noise)- were apparently frightening enough to give their name to the Roman soldiers.”

Global Health: Can Condoms Combat Climate Change?

  16 October 2009

As scientists and policymakers search for high-tech ways to fight climate change, a proposed low-tech solution is creating controversy -- contraception. A look at the debate as part of Blog Action Day, which focuses this year on climate change.

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