Daily Archives: May 3, 2008

Zimbabwe in doubt

Zimbabwe‘s opposition Movement for Democratic Change has ended a meeting in Harare without deciding whether to contest a run-off presidential vote.

A delegation is to visit South Africa to consult MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai before making a final decision. Mr Tsvangirai has not ruled out taking part. Incumbent President Robert Mugabe would win automatically if he did not.

On Friday the MDC rejected first-round results that gave Mr Tsvangirai the most votes, but not outright victory. Mr Mugabe has accepted the official results of the 29 March election, and confirmed he would stand in a run-off. The date has still to be set, but it is expected to be within 21 days.

Mugabe’s kick to the cell is no doubt! The day is getting closer every minute!

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Cubans can have home computers!

The first legalized home computers have gone on sale in Cuba, but a ban remains on internet access.

This is the latest in a series of restrictions on daily life which President Raul Castro has lifted in recent weeks. Crowds formed at the Carlos III shopping centre in Havana, though most had come just to look. The desktop computers cost almost $800 (£400), in a country where the average wage is under $20 (£10) a month.But some Cubans do have access to extra income, much of it from money sent by relatives living abroad.

Since taking over the presidency in February, Raul Castro has ended a range of restrictions and allowed Cubans access to previously banned consumer goods. In recent weeks thousands of Cubans have snapped up mobile phones and DVD players. But only now have the first computer stocks arrived. Internet access remains restricted to certain workplaces, schools and universities on the island.

The government says it is unable to connect to the giant undersea fibre-optic cables because of the US trade embargo. All online connections today are via satellite which has limited bandwidth and is expensive to use.

What’s next? The revolution MacDonald’s?

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China criticizes Dalai Lama

Chinese state media has renewed its criticism of Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, as two of his envoys prepare to meet Chinese officials.

The Tibet Daily repeated accusations that the Dalai Lama had masterminded anti-Chinese riots in Tibet in March. This is a charge he denies. The Tibetan government-in-exile said his envoys would convey his suggestions for bringing peace to Tibet.

Sunday’s talks will be the first such contact since the protests. Western governments have been pressing China to renew dialogue with the Dalai Lama. There have been six meetings between China and the Dalai Lama’s envoys since 2002, but no breakthrough.

The Tibetan envoys “will convey His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s deep concerns about the Chinese authorities’ handling of the situation and also provide suggestions to bring peace to the region,” a statement from the Dalai Lama’s office in Dharamsala, India, said.

There has been no official comment from China about the talks. A spokesman for the Dalai Lama told Japan’s Kyodo News agency that the envoys had arrived in Hong Kong and that the meeting would take place in the southern city of Shenzhen.

That’s for the ones who believed that the Olympic Games will change something in China!

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Madeleine McCann: One year

Church services will be held in Portugal and Britain on Saturday to mark a year since the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

The three-year-old girl was last seen by her family on 3 May, 2007 in their holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, southern Portugal. Her parents, who are official suspects in Madeleine’s disappearance, will mark the day privately in Leicestershire.

Many suspects, many accusations, few leads and no closer to finding the little girl. It is a terrible shame that the whole thing has become a soap opera and not a police investigation.

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The Ovi magazine today

London, the Mayoral Race and Boris by Binoy Kampmark
With a degree of desperation, The Guardian newspaper rolled out its arsenal to compel voters in London not to vote for the conservative candidate Boris Johnson, the bumbling, error-prone Etonian

Beauty or the beast: Notes on glorified anorexia by Alexander Mikhaylov
You know what? I think there is something wrong with my head. I came to this poignant conclusion when I realized that…¦ Well, come on! Let us say it aloud, like a brave guy: I DO NOT LIKE THIN WOMEN!

Jari Martikainen: Vol. 3 by Jari Martikainen
Finnish aircraft mechanic Jari Martikainen offers a third selection of his photography.

Escape of People of Burma through the Tunnels of Death by Rohingya Human Rights
On April 10, 2008, fifty-four Burmese migrants suffocated to death in a cold storage container while being smuggled to Thailand to escape appalling conditions in Burma.

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