Stories from 17 June 2010
Cambodia: Reactions to the 2010 World Cup Season
Cambodians are also celebrating the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Moto-taxi drivers, students, businesspeople, netizens, and even the Prime Minister are cheering for the Asian teams which are playing in the World Cup.
São Tomé & Principe: Continents United Through Art
René Tavares, an artist from São Tomé & Principe, describes the nature of his work as creoule in a video interview [pt] for Sao Tome Blog, claiming that art can represent a marriage between Africa and Europe.
Critical Election Year Across French Speaking Africa
2010 is a busy election year for francophone Africa but the political progress has been disappointing. Here is a review of how bloggers have reacted to the electoral proceedings so far:
Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago: The Hunt for ‘Dudus’
Trinidadian blogger This Beach Called Life comments on the situation in Jamaica as the search for alleged drug trafficker ‘Dudus’ continues: “Once there is a market for drugs and arms there will always be those who are willing to fill that need. A plaster on the sore always feels good...
Cuba: Breathing the World Cup
“In Cuba, with a lack of good sporting events, we eagerly await the Cup”: Iván's File Cabinet blogs about his World Cup picks.
Barbados: Trafficking Rating
Keltruth Corp says: “It seems that the human trafficking situation in Barbados is getting worse, and that the Government of Barbados is doing little to remedy the situation”, while Barbados Free Press adds: “This is the worst abuse because it makes powerless and vulnerable people victims…”
Cape Verde: “Blog Joint” on Prostitution
In a Blog Joint Project, netcitizens from Cape Verde are reflecting about prostitution in the country: Emilio gives law background and quotes statements from public figures; Edy, who defends it should be legalized, points it as one of the main social problems in the country; Wilson agrees with him and...
Pakistan: Millat Facebook
Simbsi at Lawanai Sparashawe reviews Millatfacebook, Pakistan's answer to Facebook. An excerpt: “Millatfacebook was a very pathetic attempt to cash in on the anti-Facebook sentiment.”
Bangladesh: Save Dhaka Now
Anwarul Kabir at Mukto Mona blog analyzes Dhaka's unplanned growth which is causing many dire consequences like water-logging, pollution, changes in hydro-geological system, and building collapse.
India: Surat Science Centre
Rajesh Jain visited the Surat Science Center and opines that every Indian city should have one such science center.
Macedonia: Law on Electronic Communications Invades Citizens’ Privacy
On June 16, 2010, the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia adopted changes to the Law of Electronic Communications, which now violates the privacy of the citizens. With these changes, the Ministry of Interior Affairs will have constant and direct access to the electronic communications networks.
Jamaica, Barbados, U.S.A.: Unstoppable Spill?
Jamaican diaspora blogger Labrish doubts that President Obama “is getting good advice when so much information is out there about grave concerns from scientists about whether this oil leak can be stopped”, while from Barbados, B.C. Pires observes: “If the calamity had occurred at the other end of the Caribbean...
Vietnam: Law requiring surveillance app in Internet Cafes
Xeni Jardin over at boingboing has written a new post about new legal requirements for surveillance in Vietnam's internet cafes. Citing a recent PC Mag article and a recent entry at Google's Public Policy blog, she states that “a new law in Vietnam law requires all “retail Internet locations” to...
Zimbabwe: Women not getting attention because of World Cup
Women in Zimbabwe are complaining that men don’t want to watch FIFA World Cup games at home where there is not much noise and support, let alone beer.
South Africa: Don't forget Mbeki and De Klerk
Mike Trapido argues that two men who made FIFA 2010 World Cup in South Africa possible have been largely overlooked:”They are two of our former presidents, Thabo Mbeki and Frederik Willem de Klerk.”
South Africa: Bafana Bafana owes us an explanation
Common Dialogue discusses Bafana Bafana's 3-0 loss to Uruguay in FIFA World Cup: “The fact of the matter is South Africa played like they had just dsicovered the game of football – take nothing away from Uruguay though.”
Africa: The world needs Africa
Graham Knight explains why the world needs Africa.
Poland-Norway: EEA & Norway Grants
Polandian comments on how Norway supports various socio-economic projects in Poland and other Eastern and Central European states by its EEA & Norway Grants.
Argentina: Children of the Dictatorship speak out in Interactive French Documentary
The Blogtrotters are a collaborative video blog from France who in their 9th project are travelling to Argentina to make Hijos, a collective documentary on the missing children of the dictatorship, trying to trace back their origins to their disappeared parents.
Lithuania-Russia: Swastikas on Baltic products
Alan Hendrixson of With a Grain of Druska draws attention to Lithuanian dairy products being labelled with swastikas in Russia, according to his translation of a Delfi.lt article.
Bangladesh: First Digital Voting System
GuruMia.com informs that digital voting system is being introduced in Bangladesh for the first time in the Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) polls.