Stories about Ideas from November, 2007
Israel/Palestine: Off the Wall Comedy
Ray Hanania performs at the Off the Wall Comedy Club in Palestine and Israel and writes about his experience here.
Puerto Rico: Jump-Starting the Economy
Dondequiera has “a list of actions, not goals” to help jump-start the Puerto Rican economy.
Egypt: Back to Blogging
Egyptian blogger D B Shobrawy is back .. and this is the reason for his break.
Jordanians and Fighting
Jordanian Firas is stunned at his Interior Minister's remarks that Jordanians like fighting.
Brazil: War in Rio
The blog War in Rio, o Jogo [pt], which defines itself as “a manifest game and a bad taste joke”, has been quickly gaining popularity. Inspired by Wargaming, the idea behind the project is to use humor to generate a debate about the situation in Rio de Janeiro: “While politicians...
Uganda: Ten questions with the Comrade
Beloved by the blogren for his prolific, provocative comments and his endless, passionate devotion to North Korea, the 27th Comrade was until recently one of Uganda's most active bloggers. Two months ago the Comrade decided to take a hiatus from his blog Communist Socks and Boots. Our author Rebekah Heacock sought him out for a conversation about writing, reggae and, naturally, Communism.
Bahamas: Renewable Energy
“Since we rely heavily on tourism, we are especially vulnerable to the negative consequences of petroleum use”: Larry Smith at Bahama Pundit thinks that the island has the potential to set the renewable energy pace for the rest of the region.
Jamaica: My Jamaica
Jamaican Geoffrey Philp blogs about the land of his birth.
Brazil: Blogger is awarded prize for investigation
Eduardo Machado, one of the editors of PEbodycount [pt], received an Investigative Journalism award for his special report ‘Colombia Plan: A Manual Against Violence’, the first account in the country of the very successful experiment in combating violence in Bogota. His piece was published in a Brazilian broadsheet.
Haiti: Going Solar?
Denise Green writes in to Haiti Innovation wondering “if the government ever thinks about solar thermal technology as an alternative to electrical power? We should exploit the one resource that we always have plenty of – the Sun!”
Bahamas: Paradise Lost?
Craig Butler at Bahama Pundit likens the current state of the island to John Milton's Paradise Lost.
Trinidad & Tobago: Murder/Suicide
After a mentally unstable father kills his son, then commits suicide, Media Watch asks: “who is ultimately responsible for his (the child's) death?”
Trinidad & Tobago: Road Rage
“When we repeatedly inflict harm upon each other’s psyches, we must expect the results to be terrible”: Ramblings and Reason blogs about road rage in Trinidad and Tobago.
“We the people of Guyana declare war on bad manners. We the people didn’t really know who we had to fight. We did forget to look in the mirror before we head out for the battle…”: Guyana-Gyal knows that being nice matters.
As abandoned pilings are washed out to sea, threatening vessels and Disaster Preparedness teams, Corruption-free Anguilla asks: “Was there no agency with the authority to order their removal before the hurricane season…began?”
Madagascar: Malagasy ingenuity
Harinjaka writes about tire sandals and other forms of Malagasy ingenuity.
Ahmadinejad and Chavez: “Love is in the air”
Last week, Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez made his fourth visit to Tehran in two years to sign more economic agreements with Iran. The Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and Chavez, say they “admire” each other. Ahmadinejad calls Iran a second home for the Venezuelan president, and Chavez offers support to the...
China: New York Charging Bull hits public
Critiques on Chinese tourists’ vulgar behaviors and ignorance of public rules on foreign land have been all-too-familiar. But this time, the Charging Bull sculpture in Wall-street aroused netizens’ different voices.
Bahrain: The Comeback Podcast
Bahraini blogger emoodz posts his ‘weekly’ podcast after a long break. In his bilingual (Arabic/English) chat, Mohammed Al Maskati touches on local politics and the value of work.
Jordan: Americans Not Too Rich
Americans are not as ‘rich’ as they seem, argues Jordanian blogger Hareega.
Bermuda: Political Season
“May be we should hold an election every year as it would appear that’s the only time when anything gets done, or the public is actually listened to,” writes IMHO.bm, while Politics.bm has some advice for Bermudan politicians on how not to canvass.