Stories from 27 September 2010
“This week in the main newspapers we saw many numbers that were supposed to reflect the state of the economy and the public administration's financial solvency. More than offering certainties, they caused more doubts,” analyzes journalist and blogger María Isabel Soldevila in Con mis ojos [ES].
Bloggers write about their experiences with Haiti's recent storm, here and here.
“Nine months after the devastating earthquake, many are criticizing the slow pace of relief for Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) in Haiti”: The Haitian Blogger reports.
“For those of us who did not invest with CLICO, the mere idea of our taxpayers’ funds being used to rescue those who placed high-return deposits is deeply offensive. Both the CL Financial chiefs and the depositors who took the chance at investing at those incredible rates of return are...
Simply Trini Cooking blogs about Parang – “one of Trinidad and Tobago's folk music that seems in a remarkable way to stay true to its original form” – here and here.
“Envisage a country vibrant in idea exchanges and energetic businesses unafraid of political repercussions”: The Guyana Groove says that her homeland “could be a fully vibrant and thriving nation, but the authoritarian leadership has instead created a stifling and oppressive environment…”
Maila Baje at Nepali Notebook writes about the ongoing political stalemate in Nepal as the eighth attempt to elect a Prime Minister had failed.
Raza Habib Raja at Pak Tea House analyzes the reactions of the Pakistanis on the recent verdict handed to Dr. Afia Siddiqui by an US federal court.
Let Us Build Pakistan reports that Baloch columnist and lawyer Ali Sher Kurd fell victim to extra-judicial killing By Pakistan army like many who raise their voice in Balochistan.
“The former head of tumors institute revealed in a medical conference recently held in Cairo that between 150,000-200, 000 get cancer annually because of Insecticides, the carcinogenic insecticides used in our vegetables and fruits!!” writes Zeinobia, at Egyptian Chronicles.
Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab reports on Twitter: “#bahrain I am banned from traveling.”
“Bahrain’s authorities have ordered a BlackBerry news provider to stop his services, citing violations of the media laws,” writes Habib Toumi. This is the second time this service is banned.
“Former Egyptian minister of foreign affairs Ahmed Maher passed away earlier today after a sudden heart attack according to Egyptian media,” writes Zeinobia, from Egypt.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has appointed Kim Jong-un, his youngest son as a general in the North Korea's military, thereby announcing Jong-un as North Korea's next leader, officially for the first time. South Korea's Yonhap reported it as breaking news, quoting the North's official.
The educational and campaigning organisation Global Poverty Project has released a two-minute video that depicts how each of us, not world leaders, can actually end extreme poverty within a generation.
Ecuadorians are devastated and surprised by news about one of their citizens: this past week, football referee Byron Moreno Ruales was caught trying to smuggle 6 kilos of heroin strapped to his body through the JFK international airport in New York City.
Every year, Uruguayans dedicate a whole weekend to remember their heritage during the so-called “día del Patrimonio” (Heritage Day); they attend different cultural events and visit historic sites and venues. To commemorate the weekend, Todo Por la Misma Plata [es] shares three videos of Uruguayan musicians.
Daniel Duquenal blogged throughout yesterday's legislative elections, adding information as the day went by and responding to numerous comments.
The Devil's Excrement shares, “A day in the life of an electoral worker in Venezuela.”
Sleeping With Pengovsky posts Part 1 of the election overview, explaining in detail the upcoming vote for mayors of 208 municipalities, including the city of Ljubljana.
Foreign Notes writes about a scandal involving Ukraine's deputy minister of defense, Oleksandr Cherpitsky, who is reported to have had a criminal past.