4 November 2009

Stories from 4 November 2009

Latin America: The Rapid Spread of Desertification

  4 November 2009

Desertification is silently but rapidly spreading around the world and Latin America is not escaping its devastating effects. While deserts are natural formations, desertification is a process of degradation of lands affected by climate change and human destruction.

Bhutan: Exam Is A Torture

  4 November 2009

“Exam is an irrational torture: I hate it!” screams Passu. “How do you suppose a three-hour test could justify a year long learning?” with these words the blogger questions the education system of Bhutan and the justification of taking exams in extreme cold.

Morocco: Touring the Moroccan Foodscape

  4 November 2009

Ask anyone who's never been what they know about Morocco, and it's likely that one of the first words out of their mouth will be "couscous." The seminal Moroccan dish is famous the world over, and to many, is synonymous with the country itself. But Moroccan cuisine goes far beyond couscous, offering delectables both sweet and savory, meaty and vegetarian. And this week, bloggers are tempting us with all of it!

Nepal: A Cabinet Meeting At Mount Everest

  4 November 2009

United We Blog! for a Democratic Nepal posts reactions of Nepali netizens after it was announced that the country is planning to hold a cabinet meeting on the base camp of the Mount Everest to highlight the impact of global warming on the Himalayas.

Sri Lanka: Blogger Arrested?

  4 November 2009

Indi.ca wonders about the authenticity of a news report that a netizen named Gayan Rajapakse was arrested in Sri Lanka for ‘web comments’.

The Bhutan Times Affairs

  4 November 2009

A group of seven journalists, including the editor of Bhutan Times, the first privately owned newspaper of Bhutan, resigned on October 22, 2009 claiming that management had undue interference on editorial issues. Freedom In Bhutan analyzes the myths and realities behind the situation.

Pakistan: South Waziristan- A Different Exodus

  4 November 2009

The operation against the Taliban in South Waziristan has triggered a wave of retaliations by the Taliban and has forced over 120,000 locals to flee from their houses. Bloggers discuss the plights of these internally displaced people.

Trinidad & Tobago: Political Meeting

  4 November 2009

ttgapers.com reports that “Prime Minister Patrick Manning and Opposition Leader Basdeo Panday have agreed in principle that Trinidad and Tobago needs a new constitution”, but B.C. Pires is not convinced that was the only item on their agenda: “What you think they will discuss at the ‘Diplomatic Centre'? Matters of...

Bermuda: Key Reports

  4 November 2009

As two critical reports are released in Bermuda, Wishful Thinking says: “Both key reports…will dictate much of the policy as Bermuda moves forward…the important thing is that these reports are actually acted upon.”

Bermuda: The Sound of Music

  4 November 2009

Vexed Bermoothes is of the opinion that the Bermuda Music Festival “exemplifies the political tinkering, self-interest, and distraction that has left Bermuda’s tourism sector as a ruined economic basket-case.”

Barbados: Whipping Boy

  4 November 2009

“We seem determined to deny our history, rather than learn from it. Why else would we, who have been so wounded by the whip, venerate it?” B.C. Pires puts in his two cents’ worth on the recent flogging of schoolchildren in Barbados.

Thailand: Inside a Bangkok prison

  4 November 2009

Gary Graeme Jones is a prisoner in Bang Kwang Prison, Thailand’s high security prison for men. Gary’s letters and reports are published on a blog by his supporters. This blog informs the public about the conditions of inmates in this famous prison complex.

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