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· June, 2006

Stories about Environment from June, 2006

North Korea: Art and nature

  30 June 2006

“Unlike a lot of North Korean ‘Juche Art’ which tends to give kitsch a bad name, writes the Kotaji blogger of the same name in ‘Art and nature in North Korea.’ “I actually think some of the book covers from the 50s and 60s are rather nice and accomplished pieces...

South Africa: Sanitation woes

  30 June 2006

African Houseit on South Africa's sanitaton woes.…”South Africa's underfunded, badly managed sewage works in many towns are “ticking timebombs” that could lead to outbreaks of waterborne diseases, while drinking water in many rural towns fails to meet government health standards”

Voices from Central Asia and the Caucasus

Standing at the edge of the abyss close to Kyrgyzstan's Pik Lenin, let's not waste any time to present you the highlights from two weeks of online conversation from Central Asia and the Caucasus. Armenia: Onnik Krikorian posts another one of his indispensable roundups from the Armenian blogosphere on his...

Lesotho: Damn Dams

  29 June 2006

Sotho publishes a commentary on “Damn Dams”…..”Two of the project’s five proposed dams, the recently completed 182-metre Katse Dam (the tallest in Africa) and the proposed 145-metre Mohale Dam, have already been funded by the World Bank. The latter is expected to “flood some of the most fertile land in...

Trinidad & Tobago: Weathering unpreparedness

  29 June 2006

Jeremy Taylor writes about the confusion that ensued in Trinidad on Wednesday over reports that a tropical wave was crossing the country. “Hardly anyone is prepared for serious wind or water,” he notes. “The media put out reams of wrong information. The ramshackle infrastructure of poles and wires and rusty...

Global Food Blog Report #22

  29 June 2006

#1: Klephblog, no doubt over-caffeinated,  writes "How Coffee changed the Modern World," a great essay about this fruit of the Gods: This wondrous plant is a native of the new world and was sprung on an unsuspecting European public as these shores became colonized in the 15th century. By the...

Hungary: Lake Balaton Fish Bandits

Pestiside.hu writes about illegal large-scale fishing on Lake Balaton: “Despite the audacity of the poachers, who left 25 kilometers of nets behind last year, the criminals are largely untouchable, with only one such band being brought to justice.”

Ukraine: Trip to Chernobyl

MoldovAnn posts an account of her trip to the the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone: “…wild land, more or less untouched by humans for the past 20 years. […] It was breathtaking, even, to see the vast expanse of lush green. At the same time, though, you can never forget that you...

Haiti: Why Jacmel Should Be a Cruise Destination

  26 June 2006

Collectif Haiti de Provence explores the how and the why of turning the city of Jacmel, Haiti into a cruise destination. Says the blog (Fr): “Jacmel has what cruisegoers need: an architectural, cultural, historic and environmental heritage. Plus, the region breathes tranquility and joie de vivre. There are no security...

Latest in French-Speaking African and Indian Ocean Blogs

  25 June 2006

PAN-AFRICAN Homosexuality in Africa Not a Myth France-based Togolese blogger Kangni Alem reflects on a homophobic movement in Cameroon that sees homosexuality as a suspect new “religion” and concludes: Evidence des temps, l’homosexualité ne peut plus être perçue comme un mythe en Afrique. même moi je l’ai cru longtemps, jusqu’au...

Polynesia: Sand Samples

  22 June 2006

Blog a Sables posts (Fr) photos of the sands of famous French polynesian beaches, including a shot of the sand on Marlon Brando's beach in Tetiaroa. The palette is impressive and ranges from charcoal (Papeete) to snow (Matira).

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