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Bloggers focus on Fifth Summit of the Americas

Video by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2009-04-17

In this edition: the Web has its eyes riveted on Trinidad & Tobago, who are hosting the Fifth Summit of the Americas, and the fate of Afghan women gets net users concerned.

FIFTH SUMMIT OF THE AMERICAS

The Fifth Summit of the Americas kicks off in Trinidad & Tobago. On the programme is the world economic crisis and the Cuban question, despite the fact that Havana has not been invited. It's an event that is arousing interest in blogland.

Discussions between the region’s leaders will be followed carefully by local bloggers. One man has, for example, published photos of ceremonies organised in preparation for the summit.
http://www.trinidadandtobagonews.com/

Many net users expect Latin American leaders to ask Barack Obama to lift the American embargo on Cuba, implemented 47 years ago.
http://zephyr.cariblogger.com/2009/04/14/latin-america-to-push-obama-on-cuba-embargo-at-summit/

This French net user feels that this event is the occasion Barack Obama has been waiting for to renew talks with South America and resurrect a friendship that was damaged by his predecessor.
http://latinosstories.blogs.nouvelobs.com/archive/2009/04/15/qu-attendre-du-sommet-des-ameriques.html

But this Guyanese blogger is worried that participants will be more concerned with meeting the US president than with tackling the financial crisis.
http://mediaimran.wordpress.com/2009/04/15/the-meet-obama-parade/


AFGHAN WOMEN


The Web recounts the fate of Afghan women, the day after a protest which saw conflict between supporters and opponents of a new law, which would legalise marital rape for the country’s Shiite minority.

The RAWA association has been campaigning for women’s rights for over 30 years. On its website, it publishes video testimonies of the young, female victims of violence.
http://www.rawa.org/index.php

This documentary, broadcast online, discusses the fate of widows and female refugees who have fled the successive wars that have ripped through the country. Abandoned, they often have to beg or enter prostitution to survive.
http://hub.witness.org/en/Rise

It's a situation that has lead the ‘Women for Women’ organisation to open this professional training centre, thanks in particular to donations from net users. One of the things taught is an introduction to midwifery, in order to reduce the birth mortality rate, which is particularly high in the country.
http://www.womenforwomen.org/global-initiatives-helping-women/help-women-afghanistan.php


KOREAN TACOS ON TWITTER

Which is LA’s most fashionable eatery? The answer can be found on Twitter, where you can locate the parking space of the Kogi van, specialising in Korean-style tacos. The owner uses the micro blogging platform to create a buzz around his travelling eatery and attract customers.
http://kogibbq.com/


THE ART OF CAMOUFLAGE

The ‘Hide Now’ site is in homage to the art of camouflage. Inspired by a novel whose heroine must don camouflage to survive, the creators explain that ‘camouflage can be artistic and fun, but that it can also be a question of life and death'. They give advice to net users on how to blend in with decor and invite them to send in photos.
http://www.gomdig.nu/about-hidenowse/

Date created : 2009-04-17

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