23 September 2010

Stories from 23 September 2010

Haiti: Disease Trends

  23 September 2010

The Haitian Blogger says of the launch of a National Surveillance system for illnesses following the January 12 earthquake: “Given that the U.S. participants were affiliated with the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief…it is significant that AIDs did not make the survey and was not one of the...

Trinidad & Tobago: Dat is Mas

  23 September 2010

Repeating Islands notes that “‘Mas Man Peter Minshall’ has won the prestigious Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at The New York International Film Festival.

Barbados: Vigilante Victim Charged

  23 September 2010

The Bajan Reporter has an update on the incident in which an alleged pedophile was the recipient of vigilante justice, saying that the man “has been charged with rape of a Minor…Police will not even reveal the age of the girl involved.”

Bermuda: Stormy Politics

  23 September 2010

What irked Politics.bm more than Hurricane Igor was the political wrangling after the storm: “Do [politicians] really think that Bermudians are as consumed by political disagreements and ideology as to not support each other after a major hurricane? This sentiment is incredibly condescending and out of touch.”

Mexico: Government Announces Plan to Protect Journalists

  23 September 2010

Gancho writes about the government's new plan to protect journalists, concluding that, “What's missing is a genuine recognition from the government that journalists being killed is a substantial problem for the nation at large. I'm skeptical that Calderón's plan can will that element into existence.”

Angola: Meet the Country Through its Windows

  23 September 2010

Uma janela aos domingos [A window on Sundays, pt], is a series of weekly posts featuring photos from Angolan windows with stories told by their authors. As Gabriel Toureg explains, “it's a way to know more about the country, its culture, remote locations, architecture and people of Angola”.

Peru: Hydroelectric Project Raises Concerns

  23 September 2010

The blog Warmiboa [es] shares its concern about hydroelectric project Corina, which would divert water from two rivers (Huallaga and Marañón) to the coast in order to irrigate the desert, causing “unpredictable consequences.” The blogger explains that this project would affect the people of Loreto, who suffer from a lack...

Paraguay: Interpreting the Constitution

  23 September 2010

José Maria Costa analyzes [es] how the Paraguayan constitution is interpreted to fit different political agendas. For example: “For some, freedom of speech is a relative right: it works in relation to who and what is being expressed. For others, freedom of speech is absolute and allows them to violate...

Vietnam: ‘No Firewall’ website

  23 September 2010

Pro-democracy group Viet Tan has launched the No Firewall website which aims to “assist Vietnamese internet users learn about circumvention techniques and digital security.” The Vietnam government has been accused of intensifying its internet surveillance activities to restrict dissent in the country

Vietnam: Nutrition education

  23 September 2010

The Final Word suggests that many adults in Vietnam need to be educated about basic dietary facts since many people continue to associate obesity with good health. He also observes that many women are obsessed with formula milk instead of promoting breastfeeding.

Malaysia: Historic labor town

  23 September 2010

EngageMedia uploads a video about Batu Arang, a small town in Malaysia which was the site of numerous historic labor actions in the country.

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