21 December 2010

Stories from 21 December 2010

India: Life at Thirty

  21 December 2010

Aritra Ganguly at Just Like That – At Any Point of Time ponders about life at thirty and decides that he loves it anyway.

Pakistan: Protesting the (mis)handling of a Gang Rape Case

  21 December 2010

Sana Saleem at Mystified Justice, furious at the insensitive media handling of a recent gang rape case (that led the victim to withdraw her case against the rapist),  writes an open letter to Sharmila Farooqui – protesting the manner in which the Information Advisor handled the media briefing pertaining to...

Australia: Asylum Seeker Boat Tragedy Shocks Nation

  21 December 2010

A boat carrying up to 100 Iranian, Iraqi and Kurdish asylum seekers crashed into sharp cliffs off Christmas Island in Australia on December 15 killing at least 30 people. The tragedy throws back into light the hard-line policies of Australia's government towards asylum seekers in the past year.

Africa: (The Lack) of African ICT Research

  21 December 2010

The lack of African ICT research: “It’s no surprise that most of the ICT research comes from South Africa, followed by Nigeria and Botswana. But even if you added up all the research done in all of Africa, it is only 9% of the research done in Africa is done...

Malawi: Citizens’ take on vice-president's dismissal

  21 December 2010

In early 2009 Malawi’s President Bingu wa Mutharika was fighting for his political life with an opposition that frustrated his every move in parliament and looked strong enough to unseat him. The majority of Malawians were very impressed with the president’s economic and infrastructural development, and were very sympathetic to...

Trinidad & Tobago: Carnival Fete List

  21 December 2010

“I personally still think that fetes are too expensive…prices will certainly determine which ones I will make it to”: Trinidad Carnival Diary is making a fete list and checking it twice.

Honduras: Human Rights Watch Releases Report on Abuses After 2009 Coup

  21 December 2010

Bloggings by Boz reports: “Human Rights Watch released an important new report yesterday on abuses in the post-coup environment, including excessive use of force, arbitrary detentions and violence against journalists and civil society. Particularly troubling is the level of impunity for abuses and the lack of resources and judicial independence...

Guatemala: International Commission Against Impunity Extended to 2013

  21 December 2010

In Central American Politics, Mike writes that “the United Nations General Assembly agreed to extend the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala's (CICIG) mandate another two years until September 2013. […] Colom requested the extension because he did not believe that the justice and security sectors would be able capable...

South Korea: Anti-War Protests in Seoul

  21 December 2010

As tensions in Korean peninsula intensified by yesterday's military drills, protesters in Seoul went out to the streets to demonstrate various anti-war performances, with slogans like ‘Peace to Korean peninsula’ and ‘Halt the vicious cycle of violence’, Catholic magazine ‘Here now’ posted photos of protests.

Puerto Rico: A Charming Podcast with Plenty of Bite

  21 December 2010

The members of the podcast Kitty Kitty Dinosaur come from all walks of life. The team tries to take some time off their busy schedules every two weeks or so to talk about the current media climate and state of affairs in Puerto Rico. Global Voices interviewed them about the Puerto Rican blogosphere, social media networks, online freedom of expression, mainstream media and gender.

COP16: Conclusions from Young Trackers

  21 December 2010

Young trackers from the Adopt a Negotiator Project blogged throughout COP16, United Nations Climate Change Conference that took place in Cancún, Mexico. These were some of their concluding statements and thoughts on what happened at COP16 from their country's perspective.

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