Stories from 1 March 2010
Poland: Fighting Cancer Online
Lenka is a joyful 5-year-old and Paula is an interior design student in her early twenties. You wouldn’t think that they have anything in common but they do. They both have cancer and they both have blogs describing their fight with the disease.
Chile: Chaos in the Province of Curicó
“Chaotic continues to the situation that province of Curicó faces,” writes Luis Alberto Cabello of the blog Vivimos la Noticia [es] written from the Chilean province that was one of the hardest hit. He also adds photos of the scenes from the streets.
Costa Rica: Granting Rights for Same-Sex Couples
In Costa Rica, the issue of same-sex civil unions is being addressed in a new proposal that would give rights to same-sex partners. However, some opponents have proposed placing the issue in a nationwide referendum.
Russia: Bloggers Vs. “Patricians” on the Road
Following a recent car crash in Moscow, bloggers launched an advocacy campaign to rehabilitate the memory of the two women killed in the crash and draw attention to a pressing issue of cars with "special" license plates that constantly disobey the rules and cause traffic accidents.
Brazil: The Trees-per-Tweet Reforestation Campaign
Environmental blogger Vivo Verde [pt] highlights a campaign by Brazil's major telecom VIVO promising to reforest one square meter of native forest for every tweet answering the question: “What would you do with lots of SMS messages?” and with the hashtag #oquevcfaria (#whatwouldyoudo) up to March 10th.
Chile: Earthquake Effects in Maule
The citizen newspaper Maulee [es] based in Maule, the epicenter region of the Chilean earthquake provides updates on how the region was affected, including fatalities, road conditions, and recommendations from authorities.
Bangladesh: Bubble In Dhaka Stock Exchange
“Is there a bubble in Dhaka stock exchange?” J. Rahman at Mukti analyzes the recent spike in the indexes.
India: Blog Camp Experience
Priya Kanwar at Reading Cafe shares her experience of being part of the Blog Camp in Mumbai. She lists links of some fellow bloggers’ reactions on the event.
India: Some Interesting Observations
Chakra Sampath has some observations during his recent trip to Chennai, India (Part1, Part2).
Chile: Architectural Structures Damaged by Earthquake
Many buildings around Chile were damaged by the earthquake. David Basulto of the architecture blog Plataforma Arquitectura [es] collects news and photos of these structures.
Chile: U.S. Citizen's Account of Earthquake
Cathy Dean, a U.S. citizen living in Santiago, Chile, provides her account on her blog of the recent earthquake the hit on February 27, 2010.
Haiti: Global Support for Fight vs. AIDS
Trinidad & Tobago: Missing Money
“The quality of our political rulers has now joined in unholy matrimony with the sheer recklessness of their anointed deal-makers to put our economy into an entirely new and perilous place”: Trinidadian Afra Raymond examines the issue of the CLICO bailout and “the mystery of the missing money”.
Colombia: Court Rules President Uribe Cannot Run for Third Term
It is official: Colombian President Álvaro Uribe cannot run for a third term in office. The referendum that could have changed the Constitution was ruled unconstitutional by the Constitutional Court in a decision announced on February 26.
Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago, St. Vincent: Water!
Water (or the lack of it!) is on the tips of Caribbean bloggers’ tongues.
Cuba: More On Tamayo
Cuban bloggers continue to discuss the recent death of Cuban political prisoner and hunger striker Orlando Zapato Tamayo.
Barbados, Haiti: Being Prepared
“What is clear is the changing climatic conditions affecting the world, the Caribbean included”: On the heels of two major earthquakes in the region, Barbados Underground wonders “what can we do to mitigate the damage to property and threat to life and limb” as another hurricane season approaches.
Bermuda: Term Limits
Vexed Bermoothes and The Devil Island maintain that the “term limiting out” of a particular journalist “is a bad and self-defeating move: he’s the best known business journalist associated with Bermuda, and his coverage of Bermuda’s international sector has contributed significantly to the island’s reputation and growth.”
Zimbabwe: Predictions for Mugabe from Chinese Zodiac
“Mugabe is popular and charming,” writes Bev Clark: As he’s just celebrated his birthday I thought I’d check what sign he is in the Chinese Zodiac. Born in 1924 makes him a Rat. There are some interesting predictions for him in 2010:
South Africa: Is FIFA 2010 an opportunity for nation building?
Rajesh wonders whether the FIFA World Cup 2010 will be an opportunity for nation building in South Africa.
D.R. of Congo: Support women of Congo
Dave is happy to see the swell of support for the women of the Democratic Republic of Congo as a umerous events in celebration of International Women's Day (March 8) are dedicated to them.