Stories from 11 September 2010
Guatemala: Children's Organization Los Patojos Celebrates IV Anniversary
Rafael Romero blogs [es] commemorating the 4th anniversary of organization Los Patojos, “an educational program […] [that] promotes popular education in social values, culture of peace, art and critical thinking in order to improve the quality of life of all the members of this program.” Los Patojos also keeps a...
Colombia: Soldiers Sentenced to 4 Years in Prison for Murder of Indigenous Leader
In Colombia Passport Albeiro Rodas writes: “Six soldiers were found responsible of the murder of indigenous leader Edwin Legard and sentenced to 4 years in prison […] The indigenous leader was murdered in December 2008 by a group of soldiers when he was driving for a road in the west-southern...
Japan, Korea: Traces Of Japan-Korea History Within The Zainichi Community
August 10th, 2010 will remain a historical date in the Japan-South Korea diplomatic relations as the Japanese Prime Minister apologized for past crimes during the Japanese occupation of Korea. Still, some bloggers found themselves wanting for a clearer apology and a mention of the Zainichi community, the largest Korean community in Japan.
Brazil: Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden under Discussion
Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden, “one of the most beautiful and best preserved green areas in the city”, has been under political and social discussion between the Government and families that live within the area. Today, besides the old legal fight about the ownership of the land, Rio de Janeiro's...
South Korea:A Controversy Over Reviving Military Incentive.
A policy of granting extra credits to men when applying to government institutions as a way to compensate their two years of obligatory military service had been abolished for a decade. As the National Assembly considers reviving it, a controversy broke out between men and women. More on Joongang.
Australia: Julia Gillard Forms Minority Government
The election waiting game is over in Australia. Julia Gillard has formed a minority Labor government. Here are some online reactions.
South Asia: Bloggers on ‘Burn a Qur'an Day’
In the past week pastor Terry Jones caused much controversy in the US and across the world with his planned burn a Koran day event to mark the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks. We will look at some reactions from the South Asian bloggers.
Zimbabwe: The Constitution-Making Process in Zimbabwe
Zimbabweans are currently participating in a constitution-making process. The government and Non-Governmental Organisations in Zimbabwe are carrying out outreach programs to gather public views on the New Zimbabwe Constitution.
Bangladesh: The Plight Of Migrant Workers
Rubayat Ahsan at E-Bangladesh demands that the Bangladeshi government should investigate the deaths of more than eight thousand migrant workers in last five years.
India: Why do Indians dance all the time?
Anirban writes a hilarious post trying to explain why Indians dance all the time. The short answer is of course “because we can’t help it”.
Pakistan: Abdul Sattar Edhi, The Hope Of The Nation
Usman Gulfaraz pays tribute to the Pakistani humanitarian Abdul Sattar Edhi of the Edhi foundation: “for those unaware of who this man is, let me put it in a very simple way: Hollywood has Batman, Superman, The Hulk, and Spiderman. Pakistan has Edhi”.
Russia: Bloggers Discuss the Market Bombing in North Ossetia
A suicide car bombing outside a market in Vladikavkaz, the capital of North Ossetia-Alania, killed at least 18 people and wounded over 100 on Sept. 9. Below is a selection of blog posts that appeared after the attack.
Kenya: Changing urban youth culture
Bunmi follows up on an earlier post about the youth culture flourishing in Nairobi. “A small group of young adults who are not part of the “larger impoverished population,” nor… part of the small political-economic elite… they articulate a cosmopolitanism with a particular Kenyan flavor…” he writes, linking to a...