6 October 2010

Stories from 6 October 2010

Pakistan: A Patriarchal Society

  6 October 2010

“From a teenager girl to mature women; every female in Pakistan faces the problem of being harassed by her male counterpart. Wherever she goes from a school to the market she is not secure in terms of being teased by males,” comments Hifsah Saeed at Chowrangi.

Russia: Police Proposes Internet Traffic Control

RuNet Echo  6 October 2010

Internet news portal Cnews writes [RUS] about the latest proposal by the IT-department of the Russian police to require Internet providers to block (on court demand) “illegal traffic.” If the proposal is put into legal form and approved, a number of law enforcement units (police, special services, prosecutor's office) will...

Russian Officials Push the Balance in Internet Governance

RuNet Echo  6 October 2010

Nezavisimaya Gazeta [RUS] and CircleID blog present two opposite viewpoints on the Russia's proposition to transform Internet governance process at ITU conference, that would allow the International Telecommunications Union veto ICANN decisions. While the former source considers it an effort to “de-Americanize” the Internet, the latter believes this is an attempt to bureaucratize the...

Azerbaijan: Up in flames

  6 October 2010

After erecting the tallest flag pole in the world and importing London taxi cabs to service the capital city, Baku, Flying Carpets and Broken Pipelines says it is amazed at what it considers another waste of money — the construction of a fountain with a musical flame at its center.

Puerto Rico: 133 Law and Order Officers Accused

  6 October 2010

The United States Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) has just announced the arrests of 133 Puerto Rico state police officers, municipal police officers, officers of the Corrections Department and of employees of the federal government in Puerto Rico on charges of corruption. The operative has been described as the largest...

Brazil: Twitter raises awareness of plight of São Paulo squatters

  6 October 2010

Around two thousand people, many of whom are slum dwellers who face the threat of eviction, occupied four abandoned buildings in central São Paulo early Monday morning, calling for improved housing projects. The organisers, Frente de Luta por Moradia (Front for the Struggle for Housing, FLM), have been using Twitter to cover...

Costa Rica: The Threat of Drug Trafficking

  6 October 2010

In La Suiza de Centro America [es] Dean Córnito has written two posts about drug trafficking. The first post [es] introduces the topic from a Costa Rican point of vioew, and the second [es] focuses on the strategy to fight it.

Colombia: Medellín Receives Habitat Honor Award from UN-HABITAT

  6 October 2010

Albeiro Rodas reports: “United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-HABITAT, gave the Habitat Honor award to the City of Medellín in recognition for the advances of its administration to fulfill the objectives of the millennium like poverty reduction by the implementation of three main programs in the Andean city: ‘Solidarity Medellín’, ‘Healthy Start’ and ‘Quality of...

Trinidad & Tobago: Thoughts on CLICO

  6 October 2010

Plain Talk puts in his two cents’ worth on “the CLICO fiasco”, saying: “The Government needs to use its legal machinery to start prosecuting the guilty and stop the talk. The people are already confused and are looking for clear leadership…”

Puerto Rico: Stamps for Fast Food

  6 October 2010

“Puerto Rico has got to be the most bass-ackwards nation on Earth, canceling chess in schools because it's too passive while flinging federal funds around to promote fast food excesses”: Gil the Jenius hopes this is “the last of the mega-stupid ideas.”

Trinidad & Tobago: Easy & Lazy?

  6 October 2010

Do Trinbagonians take the easy way out? KnowTnT.com‘s Edmund Gall cites three instances in which he thinks “it's a case of doing what's easy and wrong rather than doing what's right and difficult.”

Somalia: Hawala Tech and Banks in Somalia

  6 October 2010

Erik looks at Hawala and bank systems in Somalia: “Somali’s have been using the Hawala form of money transfer for centuries, to the tune of approximately $1.6 billion annually. Somalia, per capita, has one of the largest diaspora populations in the world.”

Barbados: Do the Shuffle!

  6 October 2010

As the Barbados government reshuffles its Cabinet for the third time since being elected (this time because of the Prime Minister's illness), Cheese-on-bread! says: “Public sentiment is behind PM Thompson, and that's that.”

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