Stories from 21 July 2010
Benin: Interior Ministry Repudiates Wolosso Dance Before His Dismissal
Wilfried Léandre Houngbedji reports that the Interior Ministry Armand Zinzindohoué ordered that night clubs in Cotonou curbed down the excessive practice of a dance called Wolosso [fr]. Unrelated to the previous matter, Zinzindohoué was dismissed and arrested later in the week for fraud.
Morocco: A Young Blogger Greets the World
Salma started blogging at the age of six to keep in touch with friends and family. Under the supervision of her parents, this young Moroccan blogger likes writing short stories and sharing her daily encounters at school with the rest of the world.
Egypt: Television's 50th Anniversary
Today is the Egyptian television's 50th anniversary, and Zeinobia wrote a post in her blog on this occasion.
Armenia-Azerbaijan: There is only humanity…
Ianyan makes a guest post on Armenia-Azerbaijan relations in the context of the still unresolved conflict over the disputed territory of Nagorno Karabakh as part of a series of entries using new and social media to bring the two sides closer together. The blogger says that these new tools have...
India: Sexual Assault Prevention Tips
Indian Homemaker compiles a list of sexual assault prevention tips guaranteed to work.
Botswana: Court denies Bushmen access to water
“There was outrage today as Botswana’s High Court denied the Kalahari Bushmen access to water,” Survival International reports.
Kenya: The Kenyan driving experience
Kaboro blogs about the challenges of driving in Kenya: “When I think of some of the pointless things I’ve done in life, I’m tempted to think driving school is one of them. Why? No one in Kenya follows the rules.”
Somaliland ready to join international community
“Successful Presidential election means the country is now in a position to move forward and join the other independent states of the world,” reads a press release from Somaliland Forum.
Sri Lanka: A Militarized State
Indrajit Samarajiva at Indi.ca comments: “Sri Lanka is a militarized state and a generation is growing up thinking that this is normal.”
Guyana: Party or Country?
“The fastest route for Guyana to get to the point of being a prosperous country is to find a leader who rejects disunity in all its forms…and embraces the diversity of this beautiful country”: The Guyana Groove wants to know whether people are loyal to party or country.
Nepal: Madesh Parties Boycott Elections
Bhola B Rana reports in Nepal today that the election of Nepalese Prime Minister is due today and four Madesh parties are boycotting the election.
Jamaica: Reggae Time
“It’s July and Reggae Sumfest is fast upon us”: The Phoenix in a Gas House reports.
Jamaica: Abuse of Power?
Jamaica Salt thinks that the recent detainment of dancehall artist Vybez Kartel “does not look good any way you look at it. In terms of the justice system, human rights, detention powers, use or mis-use of emergency powers.”
Trinidad & Tobago: Colourful
“The rich and various colours of our people are one of the things I like about this place. We are not homogenous”: Lisa Allen-Agostini is colour conscious.
USA Internet Governance Forum Meets Today
The second Internet Governance Forum USA (IGF-USA) is taking place today July 21, 2010 in Washington, DC. The one-day event offers expert panels and workshops on important global Internet governance issues, as well as a plenary session on the continuation of the United Nations Internet Governance Forum (via ISOC-NY).
Trinidad & Tobago: Housing Policy
Afra Raymond goes more in depth into his ideas “for a more effective and equitable national housing policy.”
South Korea: A National Mourning on A Vietnamese Bride's Death
A young Vietnamese bride was killed by her Korean husband in Korea. Korean bloggers express their condolences to the tragic death of a young wife while urging the government to eradicate the human rights's blindspot, the foreign wives.
Bangldesh: What Youth Think About Mobile Phones
Mobile Youth went to Bangladesh and produced a video where local youth “talked about their preferences for handsets and operators, which packages worked for them and which brands did they recommend to friends.”
Maldives: Romance with Democracy at Stake
On June 29, 2010, the whole Cabinet of the government of the Maldives submitted their resignation. Thus began a highly politicized drama in the Maldives; one that threatens the country’s romance with democracy, and poses serious questions about the political stability in the coming days.
Kazakhstan: Bloggers see China’s “weaponless invasion”
Posts about China-related topics are quite frequent in the Kazakh language blogs. Here are some of them, the most recent ones.
Taiwan: Driftwood in Tsengwen Reservoir
After almost one year since typhoon Morokot, Tsengwen Reservoir is still seriously blocked by driftwood and silt. Citizen journalist Sadapeopo documented the situation in a video report, interviewed the boss of local yacht-tour company and several travelers when visiting the dam, and gave his own observation(zht). “Two-thirds of the wood...