4 October 2010

Stories from 4 October 2010

Japan: Economic crisis and demography

  4 October 2010

What if Japan's economic crisis could be explained with a change in the demography of the country? Paul Krygman at Truthout argues [en] that the crisis might be “not so scary after all” and related to the aging of Japan's workforce.

Nigeria: Government was warned of bomb blasts in Abuja

  4 October 2010

Nigerian Curiosity gives her take on Friday's bomb blasts in Abuja: “Nigeria's security forces were warned of an impending attack at least five days before October 1st…  Given such information, it is unacceptable that the government did not do more to anticipate and prepare for the attack.”

Exiled Tibetans Protesting Seizing of Ballot Boxes In Nepal

  4 October 2010

Angry Tibetans around the world are condemning Nepal’s actions in confiscating their ballot boxes by protesting in front of the Nepalese consulates. In New York, despite the rain, they carried banners and shouted, “China respect Democracy in Nepal,” and “Nepal, Give Back Our Ballot Boxes Now.”

Trinidad & Tobago: Media Inaccuracies

  4 October 2010

KnowTnT.com‘s Edmund Gall explains why he has “a growing distrust of the media's reporting of financial matters, a distrust that's not helped by their rampant typographical errors and failure to report accurately on information technology matters…”

Bermuda: On the Deficit

  4 October 2010

“Quite a few people have been saying that Bermuda’s deficit spending is justified to boost the economy”: New Onion‘s response? “In a word: No.”

Nepal's Leadership Vacuum: No End in Sight

  4 October 2010

Last Friday (October 1, 2010) the ninth bid in Nepal's parliament to elect a Prime Minister failed. This prolongs the country's political crisis which began with the resignation of Prime Minster Madhav Kumar Nepal on the 30th of June.

Peru: Mayoral Elections as Seen by Bloggers

  4 October 2010

On Sunday October 3rd, Peruvian citizens participated in three simultaneous electoral processes for mayoral, district and regional authorities. Additionally, they also voted on a referendum to decide about contributions paid to the Housing National Fund (Fonavi, according to its Spanish name). Bloggers reported on their experiences at the polls and shared their opinions about the elections.

Trinidad & Tobgo: More on CLICO

  4 October 2010

“Amidst the raging debate on the rights of the disappointed depositors versus those of the anxious taxpayer”, Afra Raymond continues “to examine some more of the fundamental issues” regarding the CLICO bailout, while KnowTnT.com says: “What is interesting is that…those who gambled their savings away in pursuit of unrealistic returns...

Ecuador: The Indelible Images of September 30

  4 October 2010

In Diario de una post feminista [es] (Journal of a post-Feminist) user PrincesaQuil from Guayaquil writes about the police strike on September 30 and says, “…we cannot erase the images that we all saw of police with covered faces intimidating the population, armed and pointing their guns at civilians, riding...

Jamaica: Social Not-working?

  4 October 2010

Grasshopper Eyes The Potomac is “not inclined to believe that social networking sites like Facebook are behind things that are not working in society. It may make them more visible or magnify them, but the root is somewhere else.”

Egypt: Kareem Amer's Sentence Ends on November 5

November 5 marks the end of Egyptian blogger Kareem Amer's or Kareem Nabil Sulaiman four year prison term. “We have reasons to believe that Kareem may not be released on this date. We also fear that he might be tortured nearing the date of his release,” says the Free Kareem...

Bahrain: Free Blogger Ali Abdulemam

Bahraini blogger Ali Abdulemam was arrested almost a month ago. He has been held in solitary detention since then. His legal status remains unclear as no lawyer has seen him, and the authorities do not provide any details on the exact charges that him, according to the Free Blogger Ali...

Kenya: How do Kenyan voters feel about their MPs?

  4 October 2010

Latest Mzalendo (An Eye On Kenyan Parliament) initiative: “Mzalendo in partnership with the Kuweni Serious team will be traveling around various constituencies to get a sense of how Kenyan voters feel about their MP, about issues facing their constituency, and about solutions they would like to see in place. We...

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