Stories from 5 March 2010
The site Terremoto 2010 [es] invites readers to submit their testimonials when and after the earthquake hit Chile.
Reacting on some recent court rulings in Maldives, Maldivian blogger Yaamyn, who blogs at “Slicker Than Your Average”, comments: “the Maldivian judiciary is an embarrassment, and completely deserves not only our contempt, but also the strongest condemnation.”
The poor health of Nicaraguan musician Salvador Cardenal [es] was on the mind of Central American blogger Julia Ardón, who is a fan of his voice and his lyrics.
Ratmale at Serendipity discusses about the exploitation of paddy farmers “because two of the Agricultural Ministers in Sri Lanka are directly or indirectly owners of the largest rice mills”. The market price of rice is 86% higher than what the farmers are getting for their paddy.
Sujeewa de Silva at Random Reflections of a Kind blog discusses about the “terrible state” of the Sri Lankan public transport system and why people shun away from them.
Blogadda interviews Indian blogger Arnab Ray aka Greatbong, who is working as an Assistant Adjunct Professor at University of Maryland. His blog Random Thoughts Of A Demented Mind was adjudged Indiblog of the year 2008 last year.
“Thank you OUR (Office of Utility Regulations) for standing up for the Jamaican consumers by telling the JPS (Jamaica Public Service) no to their latest attempt of robbery!”: Stunner lets loose.
Citing two local examples, Edmund Gall at KnowTnT.com wonders, “When does copying become plagiarism in the media?”
gspottt is keeping a close eye on the Gender Policy: “Our Government cannot shirk its responsibility to set clear domestic policy to address the concerns of the tens of thousands of GLBTI citizens of Trinidad & Tobago.”
Trinidad and Tobago News Blog and Jumbie's Watch are following the latest political fiasco: the government's continued defense of Udecott executive chairman Calder Hart “in light of fresh evidence linking Hart to a company his board awarded $820 million in contracts.”
“Yep, as you guessed, nothing has changed, not even on the agenda. Unethical but not illegal”: Still, Vexed Bermoothes continues to press for anti-corruption laws in Bermuda.
At dawn on Thursday, 4 March 2010, a massive flash flood hit Samburu in northern Kenya destroying 6 tourist lodges, some wildlife research camps and leaving thousands marooned on roof tops and on trees. This wave of rushing water came from the Ewaso Nyiro River which has burst it's banks following...
The iHub, an innovation center for techies, developers and innovators was launched in Nairobi this week. Several leading bloggers attended the event and here are their stories, photos and videos.
Slovak netizens react to a draft bill by the Slovak National Party (SNS), which will introduce "obligatory patriotism" in Slovakia beginning April 1.
Kyrgyz blogger writes that the government of Kyrgyzstan is planning to hold the “Kurultai of Harmony” (a mass congress of community representatives from all over the country) to be chaired by the president, but many people are wondering — does the country really need it?
Annasoltan tells about the abuse of psychiatry for political purposes, which is getting less attention in Turkmenistan than other “traditional” methods of repression, such as imprisonment and torture.
The Tajikistan opposition is furious at the recent parliamentary election results and is planning massive protest actions. However, Dushanbe advises caution: the opposition must be very careful not to open themselves to accusations of fomenting a Color Revolution.
Nathan Hamm reports that Uzbekistan's anti-AIDS campaigner Maksim Popov was sentenced in to seven years in prison. The court found that a brochure he distributed is “incompatible with local traditions.”
Christian Bleuer opines on the aftermath of Tajikistan’s parliamentary elections and expects no serious demonstrations.
Vlad writes about the human rights record in Turkmenistan, citing a report on the state of the country’s prisons, and the government's surprising response with reduction of the maximum pison sentence. However, the authorities still fall short on the issue of oversight, the blogger says.
Joshua Foust argues that in Afghanistan the U.S. should abandon its war on drugs if it hopes to ever reduce the drugs trade.