17 June 2014

Stories from 17 June 2014

Journalist: Colombia's President Was Reelected Because He Campaigned on Peace

  17 June 2014

Journalist Natalia Bonilla writes on Ser Cosmopolita (Being Cosmopolitan) about the results of the run-off in Colombia's presidential election on Sunday, June 15. For her, the peace discourse was fundamental for the reelection of president Juan Manuel Santos: “Paz”, la mejor palabra en su publicidad. Su repetición durante la campaña eleccionaria fue...

Bermuda to Get Public Access to Information Law

  17 June 2014

Premier Dunkley has announced that [the] Public Access to Information law will be operational by April, 2015. That’s 5 years after the law was passed, and 12 years after the topic was first introduced. Vexed Bermoothes thinks better late than never.

The Case of Ciccone Printing House in Argentina

  17 June 2014

Eva Row, a blogger for La cosa y la causa (The thing and the cause), writes about the Ciccone printing house, related to allegations against Argentinian Vice President Amado Boudou. Ciccone printing house had a large technical capacity, unused due to its poor economic situation: (Ciccone) adeudaba a la Afip (Administración General de...

Tejo, Colombia's Explosive National Sport

  17 June 2014

Tejo or turmequé, a national sport in Colombia since 2000, has its origins in other game played in the Muisca community, which inhabited the Bogotá savannah 500 years ago, as Spanish journalist Jose Sanchez Hachero blogs on Los Mundos de Hachero. Back then, the game was known as “zepguagoscua”. Tejo...

The Impact of Climate Change on the Rural Population of Benin

  17 June 2014

Alain TOSSOUNON of Benin posted on the West African Network of Journalists for water and sanitation (WASH) blog  a summary of the report on the evaluation of post disaster needs in Benin after the recent major floods. The disaster caused the death of nearly fifty people and caused damage estimated...

The Unintended Consequences of Pakistan's Operation Zarb-e-Azb

  17 June 2014

On June 15, 2014, the Pakistan Army launched Operation Zarb-e-Azb, a joint-military operation involving Pakistan against armed insurgent groups such as the Taliban (TTP), al–Qaeda, the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU). The operation started exactly a week after the terrorist attack on the...

Podcast: China's Leftover Women

  17 June 2014

Sinica Podcast invites Leta Hong Fincher, author of “Leftover Women“, a book about the state of women's rights and gender equality in modern China.  The podcast discusses hidden problems and obstacles that Chinese women are facing in society including domestic violence and the “leftover women” issue.  It's worth noting that...

Reflections of a Colombian Voter During the FIFA World Cup

  17 June 2014

On the blog Filosofía de a pie (Pedestrian philosophy), Alejandro Martínez notes that “the T-shirt is the flag”, amidst the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and the Colombian presidential election, about “the wicked association of football and politics”: La televisión y la prensa han catalogado a estas elecciones como las más...