* Millions for Millions.
* No middle ground in Dhaka.
* Dhaka at a standstill for the second day.
* Riots in Bangladesh may benefit Islamists.
* Bangladesh President becomes Prime Minister.
* Isn't democracy wonderful?
Deeder Zaman (Asian Dub Foundation), Akram Khan (Sacred Monsters), Moushumi Khan (Muslim Bar Association of NY), Farook Shamsher (Joi), Aziz Huq (former clerk for US Supreme Court), Sham Miah (Vol de Nuit), Sam Zaman (State of Bengal), Abeer Hoque (Olive Witch), Aladdin Ullah (Port Authority Throw Down), Shazna Nessa (Milky), Monami Maulik (DRUM), Fariba Alam (Bangla East Side), Shireen Pasha (Roti Eaters), Monica Ali (Alentejo Blues), Chaumtoli Huq (Taxi Workers' Alliance), Dishad Husain (Viva Liberty), Ivan Jaigirdar (3rd I), and many others. *And ofcourse don't forget the latest discovery Jawed Karim, co-founder of Youtube and the technical genius behind Paypal, who is doing a masters in the Stansford University. He came into spotlight after Google bought Youtube for $1.65 billion. Jawed Karim was born in 1979 in Merseburg, East Germany to Bangladeshi dad and German mom. Jawed's mother Christina Karim told the German media that they migrated to USA because of hatred against foreigners. She said, "In 1992 it was really a bad situation in Germany".
Global Voices Online is an international network of bloggers coordinated through Harvard University that summarizes what is going on in the blogosphere in every corner of world. The outgrowth of a conference held at Harvard University in December 2005, Global Voices is edited by Ethan Zuckerman and Rebecca MacKinnon, who are fellows at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School. Global Voices focuses on highlighting the work of "bridge bloggers" who "can make a bridge between two languages, or two cultures." In 2006, Global Voices formed a partnership with the Reuters news agency to provide public comment from the Global Voices network alongside its own news coverage. (Wikipedia)So what are you waiting for? Make Global Voices Online your daily read to know what the individual voices across the world are saying via blogs. I can assure you that these stuffs you will rarely find in the conventional media.
Muhammed Yunus of Bangladesh and the Grameen Bank he founded were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for their innovative work in the area of microcredits -- small loans that have helped to lift millions out of the most abject poverty.* Credit where it's due: Geoff Mulgan in Guardian unlimited.
What makes him special is that he is such a perfect example of how social innovation happens - and how the best social change often comes from people addressing problems themselves rather than waiting for others to do so.* Changing scope of Nobel peace prize: Lars Bevanger in BBC:
The choice represents a furthering of the Norwegian Nobel Committee's expressed desire to expand the scope of the prize beyond acknowledging those directly involved in preventing armed conflict.* Microcredit Helps Woman Change Her Life: Michelle Foul of associated press:
With just US$1,000, Ana Helena Domingos is transforming her life. She used the loan to buy goods in bulk and graduate from small-time peddler to wholesaler, doubling her income in 10 months and spending the proceeds to get her daughter into a better school and start building a house. The source of what she calls "my salvation?" A microcredit bank modeled on the one that won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday.Blog reactions:
Every single individual on earth has both the potential and the right to live a decent life. Across cultures and civilizations, Yunus and Grameen Bank have shown that even the poorest of the poor can work to bring about their own development.Those who are new to Microcredit, it is the extension of very small loans to the unemployed, to poor entrepreneurs and to others living in poverty who are not bankable. These individuals lack collateral, steady employment and a verifiable credit history and therefore cannot meet even the most minimum qualifications to gain access to traditional credit. (wikipedia) The success of Microcredit model comes from the upheaval of dignity among the poor and to prove that they have a potential. These individuals remain under umbrella of a closely knitted society and the defaulters face peer pressure rather than legal notices. The whole idea is to provide a decent life with dignity for the poors and it worked (sad the rich often forget that the poor also have reasons to be proud). Read more about the Microcredit from Dr. Yunus.
Micro-credit has proved to be an important liberating force in societies where women in particular have to struggle against repressive social and economic conditions.
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