Stories from 12 November 2009
In eastern Paraguay, 217 members of the Ava Guaraní indigenous community came down with health symptoms, believed to be caused by intentional aerial spraying with pesticide, after refusal to vacate their ancestral lands.
Tension is building between Egyptian and Algerian football fans ahead of a decisive football match due to take place in Cairo on November 14, which could determine which of both teams would qualify to next year's FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Ahead of the Saturday showdown, rival fans have been gearing up offline, as well as online heated exchanges, escalating into a little "war" of intimidation.
Spot.us shares a photo of an immigration data wishlist compiled on a white board at the California Data Camp.
The Phoenix in a Gas House writes an informative post about a few Jamaican home remedies.
“We women survivors of violence of all kinds must break this collective silence…and we women who enjoy relative freedom and safety must extend our hands and voices to our sisters who do not, because we are not free until all are free”: The Bahamas’ Womanish Words calls on women to...
B.C. Pires refers to an online article which implies that “the recent tete-a-tete between Massas Manning & Panday may result in the establishment, by a simple vote of the current sitting Parliament, of an executive presidency” in Trinidad and Tobago.
“How to deal with discipline in a society is never easy,” says Living in Barbados, who adds that “Barbados is still working its way towards a wider acceptance that flogging is not the way to go.”
Nigerian blogger Ore writes about the award she received at the Grace Hopper celebration of women in computing: “I was awarded the Change Agent Award along with 2 other African women (1 from Nigeria and 1 from Kenya).”
Ugandan politicians are behaving like grasshoppers: “Following the pattern of most dictator regimes coming to an end, Museveni and his collaborators in the armed occupation of Buganda are starting to behave like grasshoppers.”
“Many people in Kathmandu who were affected by the traffic jam caused by the Maoists today expressed their anger in personal conversation and twitter even as ex-rebels sang, danced and recited poems while picketing at the front gate of the central administrative complex of Nepal,” reports United We Blog! for...
Petition Old Mutual to stop funding Zimbabwe's state media: “South African insurance giant, Old Mutual confirmed this week that it was a major shareholder in ZimPapers, the publishing group that produces some of Zimbabwe’s most vitriolic propaganda.”
Arefe links to an interview discussing color and identity in Ethiopia: “Color is a relevant to us now, but has it been so before the rise of European cultural and political dominance? Where do we stand on color?”
The Chief of Defence Staff of Sri Lanka General Sarath Fonseka has resigned today and speculations are high that he will run for presidency in the next election as a candidate of a newly formed opposition alliance. Sri Lankan Bloggers weigh in on the situation.
BarCamp Caracas 2009 is scheduled for November 27, and the blog No Suma Cero [es] writes about some of the topics to be addressed and how to connect to the various social networks for coverage.
Bella Naija introduces Sheria Ngowi, a rising African fashion designer, renowned stylist and one of the top menswear designers in Tanzania.
“Information that you'll never find in guidebooks!” Emi, a Capetown resident that works in tourism, celebrates [ja] the launch of a Japanese portal for information about Capetown called “ケープタウン新聞 (Capetown News)”.
The 10th Biennial in Cuenca, Ecuador is showcasing artists from across Latin America, writes Darío Orellana of El Joven Darío [es].
Mohammad Yusha at Chowrangi wonders why Indians and Pakistanis fight each other at every possible opportunity. He points out that there are more similarities than differences between them.
In a world of fragmentation and religious division, a unique and much anticipated document will be released to the world on November 12, after months of collaborative work by diverse religious leaders and great thinkers.
Amit Varma at India Uncut shares his impressions of TED India, which he attended: “The conference itself was immaculately organised, and the kind of people I got to meet awed and humbled me. It was, if I may lapse into cliche, the experience of a lifetime.”
The Daily Telegraph published an article “Social-media and networking websites booming in Russia” [ENG] by Denis Terekhov, one of the marketing specialists in Russian social networks.