11 November 2010

Stories from 11 November 2010

Thailand's forest monks

  11 November 2010

Paul Garrigan blogs about the forest monks of Thailand. These Buddhist monks left the temples to wander in the forests and live like ascetics.

Obama's Indonesian Homecoming Charms Residents

  11 November 2010

Barack Obama thrilled the crowd of over 6,500 excited Indonesians who came to hear the U.S. President address their nation at the University of Indonesia. Reactions from twitter and blogs were equally complimentary

Sudan: Abyei is not a shared area

  11 November 2010

Maggie writes about a new sign in Juba that reads, “Abyei is not a shared area. Nothing more to be compromised.” She writes: “…but a new sign in Juba speaks to the hardened sentiments surrounding this strategic border zone.”

D. R. of Congo: The New Universal Mantra

  11 November 2010

The new universal mantra in the Democratic Republic of Congo: “These people aren't taking any chances. They've already launched a presidential bid on behalf of Kabila and it's very ambitious: “To ensure the reelection of the Raïs in the first round of the presidential election of 2011.”

Sudan: Photos from Miss Malaika 2010

  11 November 2010

Photos from the preliminary round of Miss Malaika 2010, a beauty pageant in Juba, Southern Sudan: “It was an enjoyable evening–in my view not because of the cat-walking and high fashion, but because it was a celebration of Southern Sudan’s diverse cultures.”

Puerto Rico: Government Solidifies Grip on The Supreme Court

  11 November 2010

For the first time in history, the pro-statehood National Progressive Party of Puerto Rico (NPP) has a majority of judges in the country's Supreme Court. The court, in a partisan 4-3 vote asked last week to increase the number of sitting judges to nine which could give the NPP a solid 6-3 majority in the court for years to come. The blogosphere and online media react.

D.R. of Congo: Letter from the capital of rape

  11 November 2010

I am writing these words from the world capital of rape. I’m not the one who named it that way, but Margot Wallström, Special Rapporteur of the United Nations, with regard to violence against women. So you understand, I am in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a country where women...

Zambia: Community Entrepreneurship

  11 November 2010

An example of community entrepreneurship in Zambia: “Four of our entrepreneurs started a community store with their loan money. By combining their loans, they were able to hire another member of their village to build them a shop – now not only are our entrepreneurs benefiting off this co-op, but...

Uganda: President's Rap Song

  11 November 2010

Ugandan President's own rap music: “In the case of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, the bright yellow of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) is accompanied by a song that has become a national hit. It seems to be boosting his popularity among the youth…”

Haiti: Abuse of Power?

  11 November 2010

HaitiAnalysis.com republishes an article from a grassroots community development organization which wonders whether stabilization is actually a euphemism for subordination.

Trinidad & Tobago: Fazeer's Firing

  11 November 2010

Bloggers discuss the firing of talk show host Fazeer Mohammed – KnowTnT.com: “If the first premise of a national media house is to promote government's agenda then it is their right to hire agents who will work towards this…”; Lisa Allen-Agostini counters: “If it is government policy to usurp the...

Trinidad & Tobago: Unreasonable Bailout

  11 November 2010

“The unstated assumption is that if someone has to stand the bounce…that someone must be the taxpayer. That could never be the correct position”: Afra Raymond wants the facts of the CL Financial collapse and bailout.

Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago: Illegal Monitoring

  11 November 2010

As news breaks that illegal interception of private conversations was taking place within Trinidad and Tobago's National Security Ministry, Barbados Underground wonders whether the same thing could be happening in Barbados and asks: “Who is guarding the guards?”

Jamaica: Dancehall and the Law

  11 November 2010

Reggae icon Buju Banton is finally out on bail; Girl With a Purpose calls this latest development “a small victory” and notes that “in the meantime, two infamous Jamaican Dancehall artistes…Vybz Kartel and…Mavado were listed as persons of interest” by Jamaican police.

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