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18 January 2011

Stories from 18 January 2011

Education Policy For A Secular Bangladesh

J Rahman at Mukti opines that the new education policy of Bangladesh, which seeks to modernize the country’s madrassahs, can one day create a secular state in Bangladesh.

Bangladesh: Crisis In The Share Market

An Ordinary Citizen comments on the volatile share market of Bangladesh from an investor's perspective: “the market follows no logic. The matter seems to become a gamble and some powerful...

Iran: 14 Lions Killed in Tehran Zoo

Environmental bloggers are angry and concerned about the killing of 14 lions in Tehran Zoo. Iranian media reported that the lions were put down because they were diagnosed with an...

St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Haiti: On the Return of “Baby Doc”

Empath has a question about the return of Jean-Claude Duvalier to Haiti: “How is he able to do return and not Aristide?”

Ecuador: Photos of the Rainforest

Carla Badillo shares photos of her trip to the Ecuadorian rainforest.

Chile: Not Alone in Protesting Gas Price Hikes

Bloggings by Boz writes that the protests in southern Chile over gas prices are not unique to Chile.

China: Presidents Hu and Obama set to talk

Chinese President Hu Jintao arrives in Washington, DC today for face time with President Obama. How would you start off a dinner like that? And currency revaluation? One Chinese blogger...

Argentina's Agricultural Sector on Strike: Economic or Political Impact?

In its ninth strike since 2008, the agricultural sector in Argentina is trying to generate a “political impact” rather than an “economic impact.” But Eliot Brockner from Latin American Thought...

Guatemala: President Colom calls Rigoberta Menchu a “Fabrication” in Latest Wikileaks Cable

Mike reports that a new Wikileaks cable on Guatemala reveals that “[President] Colom called  [Nobel Peace Laureate Rigoberta] Menchu a “fabrication” of Elizabeth Burgos, the French anthropologist and author of...

St. Vincent & the Grenadines: Political Women

And Still I Rise blogs about women and politics.

Russia: Bloggers on Lessons of Tunisian Revolution

The outcome of the Tunisian protests has provoked people worldwide to think about political change. One of the major questions discussed by Russian bloggers is whether the possibility of similar...

Nigeria: Is this the death of Nigeria's monolithic north?

Is the elections in Nigeria this year the beginning of the end of Nigeria's monolithic north?: “Since 1960 when Nigeria gained independence, the North have dominated the political landscape, thus,...

Jamaica: So Long, Calabash

“Well, the news of the moment is that Jamaica’s beloved Calabash International Literary Festival is no more”: Active Voice and The Caribbean Review of Books bid a fond farewell.

D.R. of Congo: Are we prepared for elections?

Is the Democratic Republic of Congo prepared for elections this year?: “We have yet to see the new electoral commission (CENI) inaugurated, as legislators are still bickering about its composition....

Kenya: New constitution sets new standards for privacy and data protection

Michael Murungi says that Kenya's new constitution has set new standards for privacy and data protection: “Kenyan law on the subject remains sketchy and even with the improved level of...

Haiti: Duvalier Arrest Imminent?

From just before eleven o'clock this morning, Twitter has been rife with speculation that Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier, the banished former dictator who has been living in exile in France...

Kenya: I support the ICC process

Wambui has just signed The Kenyans In Support of the ICC Process petition: “I believe we as Kenyans need to start somewhere to stop this insanity that is our Government...

Sudan: Chronicles of Darfur

Lidwien reviews a new book by Jerome Tubiana, Chroniques du Darfour (Chronicles of Darfur): “This is a unique contribution to the growing field of Dar Fur studies, which brings to...

Ecuador: Crime as the Government's Main Challenge for 2011

One of the outstanding social responsibilities of the government of Rafael Correa is public safety. Ecuadorian bloggers share their experiences, analysis and opinions about the growing problem of crime.

Zambia: Barotseland becomes hotbed of contention

Long considered a non-issue because of backdoor political posturing that occurred through decades of one party rule in Zambia, the Barotseland Agreement of 1964 appears to finally have become a...

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