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26 December 2011

Stories from 26 December 2011

Costa Rica: Numerous Sectors Oppose Government Tax Plan

At the moment, the biggest priority for the Costa Rican government is to approve the "Tax Solidarity" (Solidaridad Tributaria) tax plan. However, various sectors of society, political parties and businessmen...

Colombia: Christmas for Children at ‘The House of the Hummingbird’

Mike, in his blog about Bogotá, posts pictures of Christmas at La Casa del Colobrí (“The House of the Hummingbird”), which “supports many poor families who live in central Bogotá...

Peru: Blogger Discusses Discrimination in Interview with Indigenous Peruvians

Blogger Carlos Quiroz from Peruanista interviewed three indigenous Peruvians living in Lima, including Julián Apaza, whose brother, Ricardo Apaza, recently suffered from discrimination at a Lima movie theater. In the...

Colombia: Vigil for the Release of Hostages

On December 23, Las Voces del Secuestro [es] (“Voices of Kidnappings”) called for a ‘great vigil for the release of hostages’ [es], which “has as its main point of concentration...

Chile: If You Are a Maid, Identify Yourself

Class discrimination or simple rules of a private club? A golf club's regulation forbidding maids or nannies to enter the pool zone and forcing them to dress so they can...

Liberia: Who Was at Fault for Monrovia Riots?

The Christmas vacation job scheme designed by Liberia's President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to benefit 3,000 students turned Liberia's capital, Monrovia, into a scene of violence and destruction. Who was at fault?,...

Brazil: Murder or Suicide of Controversial Blogger?

Blogger Alexander Hamilton, 'the Mosquito', was found dead in his apartment in Brazil. According to the police, it was a case of "suicide by hanging." This quick conclusion, however, has...

Bangladesh: The Cost of Being Fooled

Kotha-Chhilo rues the fact that we are often made fools of, something that is likely to end up costing all of us dearly.

Bhutan: In Search of the Ngultrum Identity

PaSsu wonders about the the Identity of the Ngultrum, the currency of Bhutan

Pakistan: An Uneasy Alliance

Saad Hafiz at the Pak Tea House discusses the uneasy alliance between Pakistan and the United States

China: Only Talking About a Revolution

Han Han, supposedly the world's most-read blogger, has succeeded in getting netizens to debate the possibilities (or lack thereof) for greater political freedoms and democracy in China through three new...

Sri Lanka: When Santa Looks Scary

indi.ca feels that Sri Lanka's Santas are invariably scary – offers a few pictures to illustrate the same.

India: Old Indian Photos

Old Indian Photos – an amazing archive of photos from India, right from the 1800's. Go, take a peek.

India: The Appeal of Christmas

Raja Basu at Potpourri tells us why he feels that Christmas is a pan-religious festival, meant for the entire world.

China: Rich Chinese Couple Uses 2 Surrogate Mothers To Have 8 Babies

Fauna from ChinaSMACK translated a local news story and netizens’ comment about a rich Chinese couple in Guangdong using 2 surrogate mothers to have 8 babies.

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