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3 June 2011

Stories from 3 June 2011

Russia: Towards a gas spot market?

Streetwise Professor discusses a Bloomberg article claiming that Russia and its state gas company Gazprom are feeling an increased pressure to admit a spot market on gas instead of pegging...

Bangladesh: Derivation of the Name ‘Dhaka’

Ershad Ahmed tries to find the origin of the name “Dhaka”, the capital of Bangladesh.

Caribbean: Artistic Images

ARC posts some “inspiring” images and videos from Caribbean artists.

Bahamas: Beyond Naipaul

In response to Nobel laureate V.S. Naipaul's comment to a British journalist that he considers no female writer his equal, Womanish Words writes: “We do not wish to be equal...

Bermuda: Why the Homophobia?

“While I understand that some people…find the thought of gay relationships and physical sex abhorrent, I don’t understand the level of hatred that they express”: Breezeblog thinks that Bermuda's current...

Jamaica, U.S.A.: Garvey's Crime

In his effort to have Marcus Garvey's name cleared through an online petition to US President Barack Obama, diaspora blogger Geoffrey Philp explains Garvey's crime: “[His] arrest and eventual conviction...

Jamaica, Bahamas: Wikileaks Revelations

Jamaican and Bahamian bloggers weigh in on Wikileaks cables about their respective countries.

India: Six More Official Languages For West Bengal

Raja Basu at Potpourri comments on the revolutionary decision of Mamata Banerjee-led TMC-Congress government of West Bengal to add six more official languages: “There are some loopholes in the government’s...

Bhutan: A Photo Story

Bridge To Bhutan posts a photo story introducing Bhutan to the world readers which has some breathtaking pictures from Bhutan.

Pakistan: The Baloch Noam Chomsky Silenced

Beena Sarwar at Journeys To Democracy reports that Dr. Saba Dashtiyari, a professor of Islamic studies at the University of Balochistan and an activist for freedom of expression, was assassinated...

Egypt: V for Verifiying Virginity

Following the appalling confirmation that virginity tests were conducted on female protesters who were detained during the Egyptian revolution, rage has been expressed by both women and men. Many cannot...

Bolivia: Tweeting with Senator Centa Rek

The reaction from Bolivian Senator Centa Rek to a request from a blogger asking her to provide evidence for the claim she made on Twitter about money laundering and drug...

Côte d'Ivoire: The New Cabinet Line-up

Suy on  la Côte d'Ivoire au jour le jour – Ivory Coast day by day posted an audio recording [fr] of the Secretary General of the Ivorian presidency announcing the...

Lebanon: Story of a Migrant House Keeper, Georgette

To mark Labor Day, the non-governmental organisation Migrant Workers Task Force has published a video, in which Georgette, a house keeper from Benin working in Lebanon, relates her experiences and speaks of...

Japan: Original photos of Fukushima Daiichi

Flickr user hige-darumaひげだるまattractive woman published photos of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant taken during a tour of the facilities in June 1999. Tepco employees’ faces have been blurred but...

Yemen: Reasons Saleh is Late!

Tweeps are having fun with the hashtag #ReasonsSalehIsLate while waiting for a speech by Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh, following reports that he may have been injured when the Presidential...

Burkina Faso: Bobo Dioulasso Under Curfew

Jonas, on Fasopresse, gives  his account of the lootings and unrest [fr] in Bobo Dioulasso, the economic capital of Burkina Faso. The city is now also affected by the ongoing conflict between...

Syria: Protesting for the Future of Children

Syria's youngest victims are speaking out in a series of heart wrenching videos which are surfacing on YouTube, detailing the horrors they and their family members have faced in days...

Yemen: Confusion in Sanaa Amid Conflicting News on Saleh

The Yemeni capital Sanaa plunged into chaos this afternoon, with conflicting reports circulating about Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh. While some reports say he had fled the presidential palace in...

Chile: Ideas to Fight Air Pollution in Santiago

Blogger Daniel Arellano suggests [es] several measures that could be implemented in Santiago to fight severe air pollution: reforestation, relocating companies to other parts of the country and educating people...

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