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23 December 2009

Stories from 23 December 2009

Peru: The History of the Airline AeroPerú

  23 December 2009

Arturo of the blog Crónicas del Basurero [es] takes a look back at the Pervuian state airline AeroPerú, which was in operation from 1973-1999 and which had been privatized during that period. He also writes about the recent rumors that a group of investors are planning to restart operations.

Bangladesh: Marine Debris

  23 December 2009

Bangladesh has the longest sandy beach in the world which is threatened with tourist debris: from cigarette butts to fast-food wrappers. Muntasir Mamun Imran writes about a program of activists to clean up the Cox’s Bazar beach.

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After COP15 Copenhagen: Reactions from the African blogosphere

  23 December 2009

The 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen received broad media coverage. Many analysts have indicated that nations in Africa and the developing world stand to lose most heavily if global warming continues unchecked, yet the African blogosphere has been relatively quiet on the subject.

Pakistan: An Eye For An Eye

  23 December 2009

Kalsoom at CHUP! – Changing Up Pakistan criticizes a recent verdict at a Lahore court which ordered that two men will have their ears and noses cut off as punishment for doing the same to a woman who refused to marry one of them.

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Lebanon: Don't Break the Egg!

  23 December 2009

The Beirut City Centre Dome, better known as "The Egg" has been threatened with demolition since 2006. Bloggers have been launching emotional appeals to save it from being destroyed. Katharine Ganly takes a look at the "Save the Egg" campaign.

Barbados: Economic Laurels?

  23 December 2009

“Entering 2010 the challenge for Barbados must be to build a roadmap and find the financial resources to rollout policies and projects which will reposition the economy of Barbados to grow GDP”: Barbados Underground wonders if the country is resting on its laurels.

Barbados: Customs & Christmas

  23 December 2009

Barbados’ Notes From A Small Rock cannot believe the trouble she is having with the Customs & Excise Department over two scooters she bought for her children for Christmas: “The rules provide an unbeatable combination of broad discretion coupled with a lack of transparency.”

Bangladesh: Inflation And The Rise Of Food Price

  23 December 2009

J. Rahman at Mukti talks about the recent inflation of Bangladesh and opines that the real cause of increase in the price of rice is because of the relationship between the Bangladeshi Taka – Indian Rupee exchange rate.

India: Gains From Copenhagen

  23 December 2009

The Acorn analyzes what India has achieved from the Copenhagen summit. The blogger opines that the “real gains were geopolitical—neither the United States nor China could have their way without India’s support”.

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Uganda: President Says He Will Block Anti-Gay Bill

  23 December 2009

Uganda's proposed Anti-Homosexuality Bill 2009 still awaits a final decision by the country's Parliament, but the country's Daily Monitor newspaper reported Wednesday that President Yoweri Museveni has "assured the US State Department of his willingness to block the Bill."

Israel: Dreaming of a Utopic Middle East

  23 December 2009

An Italian born gentile living in Jerusalem, Shiksa's Laura Chiesa dreams of a utopic Middle East. “Call me naive, but I caught myself more than once daydreaming about the time were people (including me) will travel freely in the Middle East – how about an afternoon hibiscus tea in Damascus,...

Israel: Separate But Equal?

  23 December 2009

Promised Land's Noam Sheizaf provides a comprehensive breakdown of the history and potential future of a new amendment to Israel's Basic Law on Human Dignity and Freedom, that, he says, “might officially turn Israel into a democracy for Jews only.”

Israel: Unwelcome Visitors in Jaffa's Ajami Mosque

  23 December 2009

Yudit of the Occupied blog questions why armed Israeli settlers would enter an Islamic mosque in Jaffa. “Was it to repectfully view the grave of Ibrahim Ajami? The ajami mosque, unlike some other beautiful Jaffa mosques, is not of great beauty. Not a place a tourist wold go out of...

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