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22 July 2010

Stories from 22 July 2010

Panama: Questioning Strength of Panamanian Democracy After Protests Against Law 30 and Martinelli

Pilar Chato writes [es] for the blog Oye about the recent violent protests by banana plantation workers in Bocas del Toro that lasted nine days and, as she reports, left...

Barbados: missing butterflies

My Rustic Bajan Garden wonders if a decline in numbers of butterflies is a worrying sign for Barbados. “The absence of these creatures is a strong indicator that all is...

Pakistan: Perceptions And Accountability

Kiss My Roti says that the perceptions of “terrorism” and militant violence in Pakistan is shaping the social, political and cultural response to it by the Pakistanis. The blogger asserts...

Maldives: Typical Maldivians!

Maldivian teen blogger Shaha at DiaryGirl blog takes a hilarious look at the traits of typical Maldivians.

Bahamas: Forward poet

Geoffrey Philp shares the news that Bahamian poet Christian Campbell has been shortlisted for a Forward Prize, and the Caribbean Review of Books blog links to one of Campbell’s poems.

Bahamas: on “race”

“Please. Don’t call me white.” Nicolette Bethel writes about the intricacies of race, history and politics in the Bahamas. “The ‘race’ that has historical significance and the ‘race’ that we...

Guyana: Honey and Lime

Signifyin’ Woman offers her thoughts on Honey and Lime, a book of poems by the Guyanese writer Peggy Carr: “A poem is its own unique, economical world.”

Africa: Maker Faire Africa 2010 T-Shirt Design Competition

“In celebrating African creativity; Maker Faire Africa 2010 and African Digital Art network are partnering up to encourage designers throughout Africa to showcase their talent through a T-Shirt Design Competition,”...

Rwanda: Tension Before The Presidential Election, Except for Kagame

The incumbent President of Rwanda Paul Kagame has officially launched his campaign for another term in office. The electoral campaign which ends on august 9th, has been marred with challenges...

South Africa: Mandela not the greatest in Africa

Nana Yaw Sarpong argues that Mandela is a great South African but not the greatest in Africa: “But I have wondered why the rest of the world hails Mandela so...

Blog Carnival: Colombia, Women and the Web – A Summary

There seems to be a concern among Colombian women about defending their rights and about increasing the number of women who can use the Internet and new media to express...

India: Caste Factor In Politics

Ram Bansal at India In Peril explains the caste factor in Indian politics.

Mozambique/Brazil: “Ethanol diplomacy” meets criticism

NGOs furiously denounced last week's trilateral accord between Brazil, Mozambique and the European Union promoting ethanol production in Mozambique for the European market. The blogsphere provides some background to this...

Sri Lanka: Bravo Murali!

“On the last day of his last test match, Sri Lankan bowler Muttiah Muralitharan picked up his 800th test wicket, an unprecedented feat,” celebrates Sepia Mutiny.

South Korea: Halting Corporal Punishment In Schools Met With Opposition

South Korean society is buzzing with the old issue of corporal punishment in schools, as an elementary teacher beating his students got leaked into public. A controversy was ignited as...

UK: No Reckoning for Police Excessive Force

Today marks five years since the shocking shooting death of Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes by London police. The Brazilian blogosphere has yet to respond. Random Blowe reminds that no...

Nigeria: Nollywood movies online

TechMasai writes about Izogmovies: “Izogmovies is a Nigerian start-up which streams Nollywood movies online. At Izogmovies you can watch one free film after sign up, or pay the membership fee...

East Africa: Whive: Connecting Africa

Watch a promotional documentary about Whive. Whive is an East African social network created by a Kenyan entrepreneur.

Africa: Brain drain and African governance

Gregory Simpkins argues that African governments spend an average of US$4 billion a year to hire about 100,000 Western experts to handle functions, which could have been performed by the...

Thailand: Some critics are called terrorists

Via Bangkok Pundit, Ricefield Radio notes how quickly the Thailand government has decided to describe everyone that does not agree with the leaders as terrorists.

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