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11 November 2010

Stories from 11 November 2010

Thailand's forest monks

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

Food From Northern Laos blog

Authors of The Boat Landing Cookbook have set-up a blog to promote the food and cultural diversity of northern Laos

Thailand: Newspaper “awards” Roberto Baggio with Nobel Peace Prize

The Nation, a major broadsheet in Thailand, made the mistake of naming football legend Roberto Baggio as one of the winners of this year's Nobel Peace Prize’. It has since...

Technology for Transparency: Five New Cases, With More to Come!

The Technology for Transparency Network is thrilled to announce the start of the publication of our second phase of research. Beginning with five cases — Accountability Initiative in India, Amatora...

Obama's Indonesian Homecoming Charms Residents

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...

Nepal: Police Arrest Muslim Man For Selling Cow Meat

XNepali criticizes Nepalese authority's decision to arrest a Muslim man from Eastern Nepal on charges of selling cow meat.

Deforestation Is A Threat In Nepal

Bhumika Ghimire informs that Deforestation is a growing problem in Nepal with only 29% of the country's forests remaining.

Paksitan Needs Tax Reform

“Pakistan needs serious tax reform,” opines Adil Najam at All Things Pakistan.

Technology for Transparency: Government Accountability in India

As the Technology for Transparency Network has mapped different transparency projects around the world, we have been excited to discover how enthusiasm for a more ethical and transparent society is...

Sudan: Abyei is not a shared area

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...

D. R. of Congo: The New Universal Mantra

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:...

Sudan: Photos from Miss Malaika 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...

Puerto Rico: Government Solidifies Grip on The Supreme Court

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...

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

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...

Zambia: Community Entrepreneurship

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...

Uganda: President's Rap Song

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...

Haiti: Abuse of Power? republishes an article from a grassroots community development organization which wonders whether stabilization is actually a euphemism for subordination.

Trinidad & Tobago: Fazeer's Firing

Bloggers discuss the firing of talk show host Fazeer Mohammed – “If the first premise of a national media house is to promote government's agenda then it is their...

Trinidad & Tobago: Unreasonable Bailout

“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...

Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago: Illegal Monitoring

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...

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