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14 November 2011

Stories from 14 November 2011

Australia: Historic New Carbon Price Law Divides Nation

The Australian Federal Parliament finally passed the contentious Clean Energy Bill on 8 November 2011. The legislation introduces a carbon price of $A 23 per tonne from July 2012, leading...

Russia: Badminton and the Army

Siberian Light writes about the usefulness of badminton for the Russian “shooters and snipers,” which President Dmitry Medvedev seems to have recently helped to discover.

Pakistan: The Perils Of Being A Vegetarian

The life and times of two Indians in Pakistan explains the perils of being a vegetarian in Pakistan.

India: Jim Corbett Museum

As a part of the Club Mahindra Bloggers Trip, Anu Shankaran went to the Corbett National Park and the Jim Corbett Museum and posts a photo essay. Jim Corbett was...

Iran: Uncertainty After Deadly Blast at Arms Depot

A huge explosion at a military base near Iran's capital Tehran, killed at least 17 soldiers including one high-ranking Revolutionary Guard official on November 12. Officials say it was an...

Venezuela: Opposition Candidates Debate on November 14

Juan Cristóbal Nagel in Caracas Chronicles says it is “hard to overstate the significance of  tomorrow's [November 14] planned televised debate between the opposition’s five candidates for President.” He also...

El Salvador: Lower Lempa Citizens Protest Dam Management During Tropical Storm

“Three weeks after floods devastated the [Lower Lempa] region, communities have organized the first demonstration against the CEL (the corporation that manages the hydroelectric dam upstream from the communities). While...

Mexico: Twitter User Questioned Over Controversial Tweet

A Mexican Twitter user know by his nickmane @mareoflores was summoned to clarify, apparently without an arrest warrant, a tweet published before the Interior Secretary's helicopter accident that had "foreseen"...

Brazil: Suspicious Fires in Slums of São Paulo

Brazilian teacher and urban planner Raquel Rolnik writes [pt] about a wave of suspicious fires in slums of the city of São Paulo. Allegedly, a few days after the last...

Liberia: Who Did Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Win Against?

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf won re-election on Thursday in a presidential run-off boycotted by the opposition in Liberia. The main opposition figure, Winston Tubman, is seeking legal options to have President...

Brazil: Journalist Shot Dead During Police Action

Journalist Cristina Rodrigues asks [pt] “who's to blame?” after the tragic death of a Brazilian journalist from the TV Bandeirantes, who was shot by drug dealers during a police action...

Brazil: Federal Senate Approves New Forestry Code

Blogger Conceição Oliveira, on her blog Maria Frô, informs [pt] that the new Brazilian Forestry Code was approved by the Federal Senate on November 8, and is now up for...

Tajikistan: Bloggers compare the two U.S. State Secretaries’ visits

Tajik civil society and journalists debate the two Secretaries of State’s visits to Tajikistan in 2005 and 2011, neweurasia’s Alpharabius reports.

Uzbekistan: Independent newspaper is shutting down

Tomyris reports that the decade-plus-old independent newspaper “Zerkalo XXI” has been barred from publication in Uzbekistan.

Tajikistan: The Russian pilot scandal is getting spinned

As two Russian pilots have been sentenced in Tajikistan, prompting a huge backlash from Russia’s political class, Alpharabius reviews the situation with little research about the pilots’ mysterious employers.

Afghanistan: US civilian aid begins to fall

Nick Fielding reports that US civilian aid to Afghanistan will begin to decline as troop levels are reduced over the next three years, and it has already fallen from $4.1...

Uzbekistan: How to Be Outraged Effectively

Joshua Foust shares his view on the popular debate over whether the U.S. government should work with the abusive government in Uzbekistan or not.

Colombia: President Asks Congress to Remove Education Reform Law 30

A tweet by the Presidency of the Republic [es] (@infopresidencia) reported that President Santos already sent a request to Congress asking for the removal of the project to reform higher...

Azerbaijan: Aaron's Last Post

Having completed his Peace Corps Volunteer service in Lankaran, Aaron in Azerbaijan reflects on his stay in the country and says a fond farewell to his readers.

Cuba: Reports from Diaspora Bloggers

Pedazos de La Isla reports that “Antunez” has been released, babalu has what he laments is a “regular” report on “on Ladies in White being arrested by the Castro dictatorship...

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