2 January 2011

Stories from 2 January 2011

Bolivia: Government Revokes Decree Ending Fuel Subsidies

  2 January 2011

Greg Weeks updates his readers on the “Gasolinazo“: “Evo Morales revoked the decree removing subsidies (and thereby drastically raising prices on fuel) after facing large scale protests. The essential problem therefore remains–the government has popular subsidies that unfortunately also encourage smuggling and bleed money, both of which he mentioned in...

India: Class Divide In Rail Transport

  2 January 2011

Metros for rich and trains for poor? Shidhu Saaheb informs that there already appears to be a distinct class divide between those who travel on the Metro and those who travel on the other EMUs in Delhi, India.

Pakistan: Solidarity Day Rally for Peace

  2 January 2011

Teeth Maestro posts pictures of the Solidarity Day Rally for Peace. The rally was held on 1st January 2011 as an expression of solidarity with those suffering violence in any form, including suicide attacks, bomb blasts, target killings, kidnappings, disappearances, and torture killings in Pakistan.

Maldives: Wither Happiness?

  2 January 2011

Haumaldives explains how the Gross national Happiness of Maldivians remained stagnant for the past two years since Maldives under went the transition to democracy.

Bhutan: Tobacco Ban And A New Years Wish

  2 January 2011

Tshering Tobgay, the leader of the Opposition Party in the National Assembly of Bhutan, has a new year's wish: “that the first person to be caught and jailed under the Tobacco Control Act is a member of parliament.”

Puerto Rico: Poetry is Busy

  2 January 2011

Poet and blogger Yarisa Colón comments on the event “Poetry is Busy” [es] at the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Juan: “It was a wonderful night. I read in front of people (40+) as if I was reading to my sister in the room, comfortably. I read with happiness....

Puerto Rico: In 102 words

  2 January 2011

Students of the University of Puerto Rico have launched the blog 102 Palabras [es] (102 Words) where they narrate the everyday difficulties they will confront to be able to afford the $800 fee imposed by the administration.

Lebanon: Banning land sale between religions

“This law is an insult to each and every one of us. It lays bare the state of bankruptcy that our sectarian democracy has reached,” states Mustapha in describing the draft law, authored by the Lebanese labor minister, that would prevent Christians and Muslims from selling property to each other...

Lebanon: Iraqi refugees and Lebanese sectarianism

“If I do not wear my cross, and I speak in the Iraqi dialect, automatically people think I am Shiite, and I get the very lousy treatment…”, said Joseph, an Iraqi refugee living in Lebanon, in an interview with Seif. The contact and interview for this post took place through Facebook.