Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Indian Lesbians, Gay Pakistanis (Link Round-Up 7/27/11)


Damn Tourists
One is hard-pressed to blame the Cambodian people and their government for this. Tourism, and the major role that Siem Reap and its showcase attraction of Angkor Wat play in this, is a major source of foreign revenue for a country that is considered to be among the poorest and least-developed countries in the world. The tourism industry is critical to its economy. Concerned conservationists and officials, however, are warning that, unless long-term, concerted efforts are made to strengthen its sustainability, the gem of its tourism industry will eventually collapse as Cambodia's "ace in the hole" for tourism and its developing economy."
"Facebook helps you connect and share with the people in your life"
Cabdulaahi Faarah (Faarax), a naturalized U.S. citizen, has proven to be one of al-Shabaab’s most effective Western recruiters. Now residing in Mogadishu, he uses his Facebook page to continue his recruiting efforts. In just the past week he has added more than 50 new friends — most of them in the U.S. — bringing the total number of his friends on Facebook to more than 500. His Facebook page was linked in a story by the Minneapolis Mirror following the June suicide bombing.
Mutually Assured Construction
India’s neighbor, Pakistan, however, is seriously concerned over the agreement. It suspects India will make “peaceful use” an excuse to expand its nuclear weapons.

“It is surprising that South Korea which claims to be the victim of North Korea’s nuclear program is itself becoming a party to the expansion of nuclear dual purpose technology,” a senior Pakistani official said.
A Man For All Seasons
"According to every convention, my friend Ifti was all wrong," blogged Azra Raza, a prominent oncologist. "He was born in the wrong country. He should have been born in Hollywood. ... He was born in the wrong body. He should have been Marilyn Monroe."
What The F___?
Shifts in the drug trade have led to parallel shifts by the FARC, which is deeply involved in narcotics trafficking. "Brazil is the second largest consumer of drugs in the world after the United States, and so the cartels are no longer just looking north," he said. "Now they are looking to the south for Brazil -- and also for Africa, [a new cocaine route to Europe]." Accordingly, FARC operations are now centered on the country's southwest. Valencia argues that the center of their operations is now Cali, the country's third-largest city and one quite close to the Pacific coast.
Most People Wouldn't
The Iranian daily Siyasat-e Rouz estimated that the operation of the Bushehr reactor depends on agreements between Russia and the West.
Alternative Pinhead-ergy
Solar start-up comany Semprius just unveiled an ultra-tiny solar cell that is half the size of a pinhead and (when combined with powerful but inexpensive lenses) can concentrate sunlight more than 11,000 times and convert it to electricity! The minuscule solar cells are created through a low-cost production system that utilizes standard manufacturing processes and micro-transfer printing. This system enables the creation of CPV modules with high performance, high reliability, and low cost – not to mention scalability and high-volume production.
Law of the Land
Haryana has been the centre of widespread protests by villagers who believe their village councils, or khaps should be allowed to impose their own punishments on those who disobey their rulings or break local traditions – mainly honour killings of those who marry within their own gotra or sub-caste, regarded in the state as akin to incest.

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