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· December, 2008

Stories about Ideas from December, 2008

Trinidad & Tobago:

“It is an interesting note on which to end this year. Going back in order to go forward, knowing what went to know what comes next”: Trinidadian blogger Attillah Springer...

Bermuda, Grenada: Freedom of Information

Bermudian blogger Vexed Bermoothes reports that Grenada is in the process of introducing a Freedom of Information Act and public sector integrity legislation, with additional plans to “establish a common...

Jamaica: Communing

“We won’t be condemning the Palestinians or the Israelis…we won’t be contributing to the chaos on frontlines…[we] have decided that our approach will be to help bridge communities”: Jamaica's Abeng...

Azerbaijan: Day of Solidarity

Sheki, Azerbaijan writes that 31 December is not only New Year's Eve, but also marks the Day of Solidarity in her country. The blogger says that while Azerbaijan posses an...

From Britain to Morocco to Gaza

Reda Blog, on what connects Prince Edward's animal cruelty, the Moroccan police's crackdown on protesters, and the Gaza bombings.

Syria: More on the Israeli Massacre in Palestine

Diana Ghazzawi, a Gazan blogger who is now based in North America, shares with us her worries that she might not meet her relatives in Gaza one day, if they...

Trinidad & Tobago: The Goings-On in Gaza

Notes from Port of Spain examines the situation in Gaza: “In terms of resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it is a total waste of time and of life. It is a...

Cuba: Subsidies

As “Raúl Castro reaffirmed the idea of ending subsidies”, Generation Y observes: “Between the symbolic price of a pound of rationed rice, and the enormous ‘slice’ of our salaries taken...

Cuba: Wishing for Freedom

Cuban blogger Retazos [ES] shares some of her wishes for 2009.

Barbados: Football Match Mayhem

As four people are shot at a football match, Barbados Free Press says that this is “what happens when you combine no rule of law with no effective police force...

Nigeria: Discussing the Christmas spirit

With the Christmas holidays coming to an end, it is time to collect a few thoughts by Nigerian bloggers on this special season of the year. While some like certain...

Cuba: Waiting for Cable

The submarine cable linking Cuba and Venezuela has “a vague completion date” of 2011, but Generation Y is clear about “what this projected umbilical cord should bring us.”

Bahamas: Students & Drugs

“In the Bahamas, the average age for male and female students who peddle and smoke weed/drugs is age 13 and 14, respectively”: Adrian Gibson at Weblog Bahamas says that “the...

Trinidad & Tobago, Cuba: City of Contradictions

Trinidadian blogger Tattoo spends Christmas in Havana and comes away with the impression that “the revolution has not achieved a new equilibrium. Instead, it has re-appropriated the inequalities inherent in...

Jamaica: Blogging in Times of War

The Israeli strikes on Gaza cause Jamaican Annie Paul to remember Nobel Prize-winning German author Günter Grass’ “heartfelt rumination on war and the role of writers in times of war”,...

Nigeria: Victoriana in African costumes

Saharan Vibe features the works of British-Nigerian textile artist Yinka Sonibare who had garnered international recognition with his Victorian historical figures dressed in Dutch wax African print costumes. The post...

UAE: World's First Refrigerated Beach

Dubai's new Palazzo Versace Hotel is set to feature the world's first refrigerated beach, reports Norma of Bloggin’ Banat. She comments: “Clearly, nature is no obstacle for this lavish playground....

Egyptian and Tunisian Bloggers against Censorship

In December 2006 frustrated Tunisian bloggers launched the "Action Blank Post" initiative in defense of freedom of speech. Supporting bloggers from all over the world posted a blank on their...

Saudi Arabia: Attitudes towards suicide

Saudiwoman discusses suicide in Saudi Arabia: “In general, Saudi society views suicide as deeply sad but not quite shameful. It’s better to have someone in the family who committed suicide...

Bahrain: Comparing the Bahraini and Japanese work ethic

Bahraini blogger Yagoob is currently studying in Japan - and has seen firsthand the legendary Japanese work ethic. In this post he compares the attitude of many Bahrainis towards work...

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