6 January 2011

Stories from 6 January 2011

Pakistan: There Is No Justification For Murder

  6 January 2011

Sana Saleem slams the people who are uttering words of sympathy for the killer of the Punjab governor Salman Taseer. She says: “there’s no justification for his murder, and every single one who instigated violence, has blood on their hands.”

Featured Translator: Sarah Standish

Sarah Standish is a young American teacher and blogger with a mission. In addition to teaching Arabic to high school students in the US, the Arabic Lingua member hopes to bridge the gap between the East and West and create more understanding of the Arab way of life and thinking. Shams Ahmad interviews her in this post.

Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe's model constitution now online

  6 January 2011

Zimbabwe's model constitution is now online: “We have just included all the content from the Model Constitution compiled by the Law Society of Zimbabwe into our indexed online constitution resource. Visitors to our site are now able to browse through this lengthy document…”

COP 16: Agreement on Form But Without the Funds

  6 January 2011

The 16th Conference of the Parties (COP 16) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) ended in Cancun last December 11 with the adoption of a host of decisions. Bloggers in Bolivia, Mexico, and Togo give a lukewarm reception to the decisions, which don't seem to have a clearly defined roadmap for their financing.

Nigeria: Attacks in Northern Nigeria are ethno-religious

  6 January 2011

Yomi Ogunsanya argues that attacks in Northern Nigeria are mostly ethno-religious: “My concern is with the deliberate denial, by Nigerian leaders and theocratic elite, that most, if not all the violence we have seen in, particularly, Northern Nigeria, are attributable to religion or ethnicity or both.”

Togo: The Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission reports results

  6 January 2011

Gabriel Adonou, quoting Monsignor Nicodème Barrigah-Benissan, Bishop of Atakpamé and president of the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission (CVJR) in Togo, writes [fr] in his blog,”I blog for life” [fr]: “By the 17th of last December, the commission had received a total of 18,571 depositions […] According to evaluations performed...

D.R.of Congo: Mobutu's ex-Presidential Guards arrested

  6 January 2011

71 Mobutu's ex-Presidential guards have been arrested in Bas-Congo in the Democractic Republic of Congo: “In announcing the arrest of the 71 DSP [Division Spéciale Présidentielle] elements earlier this week, Lambert Mende, DRC Communication Minister, warned that if Congolese exiles want to return home with good intentions, they would be...

Myanmar: Lawyers’ Network to support activists

  6 January 2011

The Democratic Voice of Burma reported that a lawyers’ network was recently formed by the political opposition in Myanmar to assist dissidents and political prisoners. Despite the release of Aung San Suu Kyi, there are more than 2,000 political prisoners in Myanmar.

Uganda: Court Victory for Ugandan Homosexuals

  6 January 2011

A Ugandan court has ruled against Rolling Stone - Uganda from publishing the identities and place of residence of gays, lesbians and transgendered people arguing that the action by the magazine will threaten and endanger their lives. Bloggers react to the historic ruling.

Zimbabwe: Is Wikileaks bad for Zimbabwe?

  6 January 2011

Is Wikileaks bad for Zimbabwe?: “In this particular case, the argument that (A) because the cable hurts Tsvangirai and helps Mugabe, (B) Wikileaks is therefore bad for democracy, and therefore (C) bad for Zimbabweans, is a set of propositions linked together by a lot of un-argued claims.”

Mexico: The Three King's Cake Celebration

  6 January 2011

On January 6th, Mexican families get together and eat a special cake called "Rosca de Reyes" (translated as "King's Cake"). Several bloggers have written about this tradition, what it means and how it is celebrated.

Trinidad & Tobago: Taxi Strike

  6 January 2011

“If Warner succeeds in legitimizing the illegal off shoot of public transport at the demise of law abiding members, how long before we are a completely lawless State?”: Plain Talk blogs about the first day of the Maxi Taxi strike.

Cuba: Three Kings Day

  6 January 2011

“In Cuba and possibly most Hispanic countries, the children would be getting up and opening gifts this morning. The gifts were delivered by the Three Kings”: My Big Fat Cuban Family blogs about The Day of the Three Kings.

Cuba: Eleven More

  6 January 2011

As 11 political prisoners remain in jail, The Cuban Triangle says: “In political terms, completion of the process would have several impacts…”

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