Stories about Development from August, 2008
Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica: Olympic Inspiration
The Caribbean Librarian is inspired by the Olympic performances of the Jamaican sprinters: “What have we learnt? When faced with innumerable problems (our economies, lack of infrastructure, lack of resources etc.), we CAN ACHIEVE!!”
Uganda: How Internet access fuels development
Siena posts a link to an article she wrote about how the Internet access fuels development in Northern Uganda.
China: Free Wu Dianyuan And Wang Xiuying!
On the arrest and sentence to one year of re-education labor for housing activists Wu Dianyuan and Wang Xiuying, aged 79 and 77 respectively, David Seth at Daily Kos writes: We need to call on China to free Wu Dianyuan And Wang Xiuying, and everyone else they are holding to...
Angola: Electoral campaign fails to excite voters
After 16 years without the right to vote, Angolans have been savouring the taste of the election campaign for almost a month now. Contrary to expectations, there is a lukewarm atmosphere around the capital Luanda. Clara Onofre shows why electors are not impressed.
Guyana: Embracing Your Heritage
Guyana Providence Stadium visits The Guyana Heritage Museum, calling it “one of my most enjoyable experience every time I visit the homeland.”
Grenada: Blog Action Day
The theme of this year's Blog Action Day is poverty and Grenadian Blah Bloh Blog is getting involved: “I hope some of my fellow Caribbean bloggers will sign up as well. Poverty, poverty relief and poverty elimination is especially significant for us here in the third world.”
Barbados: Crop-Over Culture
Although the recent Crop Over celebrations were well attended, Barbados Underground thinks that should not be the only criterion for measuring success: “Cultural development and expression are important to the well being of any nation. While the fete element in Crop Over seems to be flourishing, we are concerned that...
Grenada, Anguilla: Integrity Legislation
The new Grenadian Prime Minister announces his intent to “set up an Integrity Commission to ensure integrity in public life”. Corruption-free Anguilla comments: “If he is really serious, then one of the most corrupt, failed states in the West Indies may yet be turned around. If it is just empty...
Hong Kong: Tai Kok Tsui's Photo
Tai Kok Tsui is an old district in Hong Kong and is now undergoing urban renewal (demolition of old buildings). Kursk spent a Sunday taking photos in order to record the old city landscape.
China: India-US nuclear deal
While anticipating a question regarding China in Katie Couric's upcoming interview of American presidential hopefuls Barack Obama and John McCain, Out Of The Way blogger Ellaconic has instead opted to look toward India and a less-observed issue, and presents a lot of background which led up to the recently-approved India-US...
Haiti: Future of Film
“It would be impossible to understand Haiti without knowing its music, art, and dance”: Haiti Innovation thinks that film-making should be no different and has high hopes for Haitian cinema.
Bahamas, Guyana: Regional Travel
After traveling for an astounding 14 hours to get to Guyana for the Carifesta celebrations, Bahamian blogger Nicolette Bethel says: “The biggest barrier to Caribbean integration is the difficulty of moving around in the region.”
Hong Kong: City of Tomorrow
Hong Kong magazine has a feature on various development projects in Hong Kong in the coming decade.
Flooding in Phnom Penh
Piseth complains about the flooding in Phnom Penh and the health risks it brings to the community.
China: Manufacturer's Apprehension
Shen yin from the mindmeter posted an interview with a local manufacturer talking about the difficult market condition that Chinese manufacturers are facing [zh].
Angola, Brazil: A culture shock divide
Angola and Brazil's special relationship means that business between the two former Portuguese colonies is booming - as well as migration both ways across the Atlantic. But, how are these two sibling peoples getting on? This post offers the perspectives of both an Angolan and a Brazilian blogger living in Luanda.
Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago: Stating the Facts
A freelance writer pens an Emancipation Day article for The Jamaica Observer that suggests “slavery was good for the black man”, prompting The Modest Goddess to point out “the staggering amount of evidence that contradicts (his) writing.”
Guyana: Lights Out
The runway lights at Guyana's airport malfunction mere days before the regional Carifesta celebrations, causing the cancellation of night flights to the country. Living Guyana comments: “This is a country where things that will go wrong do go wrong. Officials here have to get real and understand that they are...
Japan: Rural City
Tony Boys wrote a photo essay about Japanese rural city.
“The restavèk practice essentially throws away the lives of children and along with them Haiti’s future”: jmc strategies maintains that no matter how you slice it, “the practice of ‘lending’ a child away to go and live with well-off families” is still a form of slavery.
Trinidad & Tobago: Equal Opportunity?
Blogging from Trinidad and Tobago, Alien in the Caribbean thinks that religious extremists are the only ones threatened by the Equal Opportunity Bill.