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21 January 2011

Stories from 21 January 2011

Video: Shoemakers of the World

Today's videos focus on the artisans around the world still making shoes by hand. From Mexico to Japan: we'll take a look at how different shoes, slippers and sandals are...

Maldives: No Plan To Combat Terrorism

Hassan Ziyau complains that a full proof plan to combat religious terrorism has been absent during the tenure of successive governments in Maldives.

India: A Public Park In Chennai

Vivek at Sepia Mutiny writes about Semmozhi Poonga, a newly opened public park in Chennai, India fulfilling demand of its citizens.

El Salvador: Court System Employees on Strike Demand Higher Salaries

Court system employees have been on strike demanding raises for five days. Tim explains that, “As a consequence, more than a thousand court hearings have been cancelled, bodies have gone...

India: Protecting Apatani Language

Dr. Hano Hailang at Arunachal Diary informs that Apatani language of Arunachal Pradesh in India has become endangered and a linguist named Nending Ommo is publishing a book on the...

Taiwan: Product placement and the petrochemical industry

If a petrochemical company treats bloggers to a cushy on-site tour, do posts that follow count as corporate astroturfing? What, as some have alleged, if the excursion was funded by...

Malawi: Our Malawi News

Our Malawi News is Ushahidi based platform for stories & events around Malawi where & when they happen.

Haiti: Aid From Slovakia Blocked by Customs for Ten Months

A container with the second shipment of humanitarian aid from Slovakia has been blocked by the customs in Haiti for nearly ten months. Tibor Blazko translates some of the Slovak...

Arab World: Racism and the Slave's Head Candy Controversy

Are we - Arabs - racist? It's really hard to tell. Some might argue that racism is against our religion, and that people are never discriminated against because of their...

Nigeria: Opposition party gets ready for 2011 presidential election

Chidi Opara reports that the presidential candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in Nigeria Major General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) has appointed Mr. Yinka Odumakin as his spokesman as...

Zambia: Zambia is rich but poor

Potpher Mbulo argues that Zambia is rich but poor: “mean, Zambia is greatly endowed with minerals, fertile land and fresh water yet it is gifted with bad culture.The reality on...

Uganda: Local web cache lessons

Erik discusses local web cache lessons from Uganda: “Orange Uganda has seen local traffic jump from 3Mbs to over 30Mbs in just two weeks due to partnering and implementing Google’s...

D.R. of Congo: UK listed companies want to drill oil in Virunga!

Conservation blogger Samuel Maina is shocked to learn that two companies listed in the London Stock Exchange, SOCO and Dominion, plan to drill for oil in Africa’s oldest park, the...

Jamaica: “Dudus” Enquiry Starts

Caribbean Camera reports on the opening of the Commission of Enquiry into events surrounding the Christopher “Dudus” Coke extradition.

China: Falun Gong Tiananmen immolation incident ten years on

Following up discussions over why China sees so many acts of self-immolation but none of the response seen in Tunisia, Stainless Steel Mouse notes [zh] that ten years have passed...

St. Vincent & the Grenadines: New Art Mag

Antilles and Repeating Islands blog about the launch of a new magazine “focusing on works by contemporary artists practicing in the Caribbean and its diaspora.”

Barbados: Thompson Wins Late Husband's Seat

Barbadian bloggers report that David Thompson's widow has won the parliamentary seat left vacant by his death.

DR of Congo : Discreet Commemorations of the 50th Anniversary of Patrice Lumumba's Assassination

January 17, 2011 marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Patrice Lumumba, the first prime minister of the DR of Congo, formerly known as Zaïre. The Congolese people and...

Algeria: Algerians salute the courage of the Tunisian people

All Algerians saluted the resistance movement of the Tunisian people people who brought down the despot Zine El Abidine Ben Ali [EN] after 23 years of unchallenged rule. In every...

Kenya: Don't ask a prostitute where she sees herself in five years

Don't ask a prostitute, “Where do you see yourself in five years?”: “In our trade on the streets; the opposite happens; Your value decreases as your experience increases.Quoting five years...

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