Stories from 28 November 2009
Bangladesh: Hijra Dance Festival
Ashok Deb at LGBTI Bangladesh blog posts videos of a Hijra dance Competition in Dhaka.
Namibia: Polling ends, counting begins
Namibia Presidential and National Assembly 2009 has come to an end, African Elections Project reports.
Barcamp Singapore 4
Check out the pictures and presentations of Barcamp Singapore 4
Philippines: CNN Hero of the year
Pedestrian Observer praises Efren “Kuya Ef!” Penaflorida Jr. from the Philippines for being the 2009 CNN Hero of the Year.
Cambodia: End of first Khmer Rouge Tribunal deemed a relative success
Many in the international community are calling the first Khmer Rouge Tribunal trial of Kaing Kek Iev, or Duch, a relative success as the trial closed. However, there are indications that Cambodian officials may not participate in future cases making it difficult to conduct a fair trial for the four Khmer Rouge members awaiting trial
Namibia: Live Elections Blog
Live Elections Blog as Namibia votes on November 27 and 28, 2009.
Africa: Why are African intellectuals so depressing?
Why are African intellectuals so depressing?, wonders Kenyan blogger Kaasa: “Hello! Today on my way back to the hotel, I saw the current Oct-Dec 2009 BBC Focus on Africa magazine at a newsstand and read Mukoma wa Ngugi’s article “We Are Sailing”. My goodness. Talk about a super depressingly-depressing article.
Namibia: A quick update from VSO volunteer
A quick update from a VSO volunteer in Namibia: “As part of the immunisation program I’ve been on two crazy adventures into the deepest darkest Namibian bush, over mountains and through deserts (literally) to take nurses and other health staff out to do health education and immunisations.”
Nigeria: Nigeria manufactures armoured vehicle
Nigeria's first locally manufactured armoured carrier was built by two Nigerian brothers, Victor and Johnson Obasa, who recently returned from the U.S. hoping to use their talents in boosting security and creating employment, Euro-Africa reports.
Namibia: Online Resources for Namibia Elections 2009
Selection of online resources for Namibia Elections 2009, which ends today.
Egypt: A fine line between patriotism and chauvinism
The November 14 football match between Egypt and Algeria has turned into an ugly war and it got worse after Egypt's defeat on November 18 in Sudan. From the fury of Egyptian President's son to that of renowned actors and actresses, media figures, writers, and Facebook users, anger has blinded common sense. Marwa Rakha looks at a new initiative to put out the fire.
Lebanon: The Plural of ‘Anecdote’
“The plural of “anecdote” is not “data.”” remarks Gregg Carlstrom at The Majlis, in response to FP‘s article on temporary marriage in Lebanon.
One East African Musician beats all odds for a global fan base
Not many know her as Mwanaisha Abdalla but Nyota Ndogo (Kiswahili for Small Star), is a household name in East Africa. She has been collecting fans of her eclectic East African sound for over 4 years now. Her blog on the other hand has been running for 3 years. There is no doubt that the blog has contributed the growth of her online fan base.
Ghana: Who Will benefit From Oil?
When UK firm Tullow Oil announced its discovery of 600 million barrels of oil in Ghana in 2007, the blogosphere responded with variegated tones of hope and cynicism.
Namibia: Namibia elections 2009 mashup
Namibia citizens can submit reports of election related incidents to Namibia Elections 2009 site, “By sending a message to 0855900886. By sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. By filling a form at the website.”
China: Law or Justice?
According to Chongqing Evening News, by November 15th 2905 suspects had been arrested during a massive crackdown on gangs in the municipality of Chongqing, a major city with 30 million population and provincial status. The campaign was unprecedented both in its scope and its depth as it brought down a large number of government officials including...
Russia: At Least 25 People Killed in the ‘Neva Express’ Train Crash
An express train traveling from Moscow to St. Petersburg derailed at 9:34 PM on Friday, Nov. 27, near the town of Bologoye, killing at least 25 people. Below are some of the initial reactions from the Russian blogosphere.
Guatemala: Jumaytepeque Volcano
Guatezona [es] provides information about the tourist destination of Jumaytepeque Volcano in Santa Rosa department in Guatemala, including the time needed to climb and the routes to take.
Dominican Republic: Environmental Film Festival
Duarte 101 [es] writes about the 2nd Environmental Film Festival to take place November 27-29 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Ecuador: Teenagers in Unexpected Pregnancies in Guayaquil
When teenagers in Guayaquil, Ecuador find themselves with an unexpected pregnancy, Pitonizza [es] directs them to several resources in the city for counseling and assistance.
Ecuador: Power Outages Back Home
The blogger from Viviendo en Venus [es] , who is currently living in Germany, is concerned about her fellow Ecuadorians who are going through too frequent power outages.