6 April 2010

Stories from 6 April 2010

France: Muslim woman on the burqa debate

  6 April 2010

In an interview with Bondy blog [Fr], Malika, 28, a veiled French Muslim woman of Algerian descent, expresses her detailed views about the burqa and niqab, amidst the debate, reheated by the French government, for or against a bill that would ban the burqa.

Peru: Ongoing Mining Strike

  6 April 2010

The national miner's strike has been spreading to other parts of the country, and also resulting in more causalities. The miners are resisting government attempts to implement environmental controls on the informal mining sector.

Nepal: The Way Out

  6 April 2010

Paramendra Bhagat at Democracy for Nepal opines that “the way out of the ongoing political paralysis in Nepal is a 10-party government under Dr. Baburam Bhattarai's leadership”.

Sri Lanka: The Tale Of The Fasting Monks And Police

  6 April 2010

Sri Lankan police have arrested several Buddhist monks who were demonstrating against the detention of the Gen Sarath Fonseka, former presidential candidate of the opposition. Perambara has the story how the fasting monks were picked up by the police.

India: The Naxalites Continue

  6 April 2010

“The reason why Naxalites have been able to sustain their insurgency for so long is due to three main reasons: the absence or failure of governance; the romanticism and propaganda of their overground sympathisers; and, finally, due to the relatively subliminal nature of their violence,” comments The Acorn while discussing...

Haiti: “The Quake”

  6 April 2010

The Haitian Blogger calls PBS’ recent documentary on the Haitian earthquake “distorted”, saying: “It would have been great if the writers and producers of ‘The Quake’ had offered a documentary that was not only representative of the immediate aftermath of the devastating earthquake, but was also an accurate historical, political,...

Anguilla, Turks & Caicos: Taking Responsibility

  6 April 2010

Corruption-free Anguilla comments on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's refusal “to accept responsibility for the decline of good government in the Turks and Caicos Islands”, saying: “The inevitable result, I fear, will be the British Government’s international embarrassment.”

Trinidad & Tobago: False Connection?

  6 April 2010

“Glimpses of status updates sufficed. Comments on pictures were quick and hurried, not considered. The like button became a false symbol of connection”: Judette at Mango Media Caribbean thinks “it's time we took our friendship off Facebook.”

Jamaica: Taking it to Court

  6 April 2010

Yardflex.com reports that the Jamaican government will bring the U.S.’ extradition request for Christopher “Dudus” Coke before the courts.

Fiji: Contradicting censorship

  6 April 2010

It's hard to prove fully, but for the past six months, blogging platforms (including Global Voices) have been subject to on-again, off-again access problems in Fiji. As another round of blog blocking has been rumored, New Zealand-based blogger Crosbie Walsh writes an open letter to Fiji's Police Commissioner explaining the...

Iran: Art and Protest

Zina Saunders, a NYC-based artist has brilliantly created two posters for the March 18 Movement. This movement was created to honor Omid Reza Mir Sayafi, an Iranian blogger and journalist, died in Evin Prison in Tehran.

Philippines: Earth Hour 2010

  6 April 2010

The Philippines joined the March 27 Earth Hour as 1,076 cities and municipalities turned their lights off in a symbolic mass action for energy conservation, environmental protection, and against global warming. Filipinos post observations and comments online.

Philippines: A Holy Week Visit to Old Manila

  6 April 2010

An excursion through the old downtown area of Manila City during the Holy Week underscores the need for a sense of history and culture in the face of the lack of initiatives to preserve colonial-era buildings, set up museums, and retain old street names.

Japan: Remote-control female android

  6 April 2010

Pink Tentacle has a post on a robot project by Osaka University to create a realistic-looking remote-control female android that mimics the facial expressions and speech of a human operator.

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