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· August, 2009

Stories about Ideas from August, 2009

Trinidad & Tobago: More on Guardian vs. Blogger

  31 August 2009

KnowProSE.com weighs in on the battle between a Trinidad and Tobago blogger and a mainstream newspaper: “I don't necessarily agree with everything Richard writes or how he writes it – but I think that he has the right to express his opinion. When you threaten legal action in a case...

Bahamas: Living Off Art

  31 August 2009

Nicolette Bethel continues to follow Ward Minnis‘ posts on the viability of making a living off of art in the Bahamas, commenting: “In order for this viability really to exist, though, the society as a whole has to buy into the idea of supporting Bahamian culture with more than their...

Jamaica: Bereft of Leadership?

  31 August 2009

Trevor Dawes, blogging at Abeng News Magazine, says that “Jamaica is bankrupt” and suggests that “it is as a result of the poor to non-existent leadership from either of the two major political parties.”

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Ecuador: All Aboard the Trolley Bus

  30 August 2009

The trolley bus system in Quito, Ecuador has been helping to alleviate traffic congestion. A recent experiment invited the city's twitterers to submit live news about riding on this form of public transportation.

Anguilla: Discussing Freedom of Information

  28 August 2009

“Writing the law is the easy part. Getting it to work is another matter. But, even discussing it is a really important step if we are really serious about accountability and transparency…”: Corruption-free Anguilla examines the issue of Freedom of Information.

Jamaica: Now What?

  28 August 2009

Girl With a Purpose wonders “what's next for Jamaica's athletic program” following the team's success at the recent World Championships: “What a fitting tribute it would be…for [our athletes] to have world-class training equipment and facilities…”

Hong Kong: “Compensated Dating” and the use of Pejoratives

  27 August 2009

The life imprisonment of the “girl butcher” might have halted the case against “compensated dating” in Hong Kong for a while, but what have Hong Kong people learned from the incident? It all started with the conviction of a 17-year-old girl for soliciting compensated dating online. In Hong Kong, it...

Bahamas, Jamaica: Thoughts on the IMF

  27 August 2009

Rick Lowe at Weblog Bahamas takes issue with an article in a Jamaican newspaper which laments the fact that the country “now has to pay the piper (IMF)”, saying: “Of course I am no fan of the IMF, but to suggest that a country ignore its debt is simply irresponsible…it...

Bahamas: A Woman's World

  26 August 2009

“When women of the Caribbean and the Americas are truly equal, stay at home mothering will be a paying job”: From the Bahamas, Womanish Words is celebrating Women's Equality Day “by imagining a better world for women, and for mothers and their children especially.”

Suriname: Photo-Op

  25 August 2009

Paramaribo SPAN features the photography of Reshma Kirpalani who, upon her return to Suriname, intends “to explore this country just as it exists, at this point in time: on the eve of an election year, on the brink of progress, in the ebb and flow of inevitability.”

Hong Kong: Poll on drug tests

  25 August 2009

Libertines Hong Kong has a very interesting post on the background of research institute, Hong Kong Research Association, which recently released a research founding that 70% of Hong Kong pupils support drug tests.

Bahamas, Haiti: On Film

  24 August 2009

Nicolette Bethel blogs about the local film industry in response to Ward Minnis’ series of blog posts on the viability of Bahamian art, while Repeating Islands highlights the recently concluded Haitian Film Festival.

Morocco: Celebrating el-Khattabi's Memory

Badr al-Hamri, writing on Aghora [Ar], realizes his long cherished dream by creating a blog [Ar] dedicated to the memory of Moroccan anti-colonial figure, Muhammad Ibn ‘Abd al-Karim el-Khattabi. “My Ambition is to make it a reference for the thinking and life of ‘Abd al-Karim. I invite those interested and...

Anguilla: Parental Responsibility

  21 August 2009

“The object is not to punish the parent. The object is to convince the parent that he or she needs to do more to monitor and supervise…their child”: Corruption-free Anguilla makes a case for why parents should be held accountable for the actions of their children.

Guyana: Leadership Issue

  21 August 2009

As Dr Van West-Charles decides to “withdraw from the PNC leadership race and support former Party Chairman Winston Murray”, Guyanese bloggers react. Guyana 360 calls the move “a display of political maturity”, while Imran Khan says: “If the PNC…does not realise that Murray…must be its leader at this time, then...

Taiwan: A Hug for Taiwan

  20 August 2009

Beeside made (zh)a video of his “free hug for Taiwan” campaign after he saw so many tragedies caused by the flood everyday (translation): “At the beginning, it was like other netizens said, people there were merely watching, no one dared to give me a hug. But this situation did not...

Suriname: Interesting Art

  20 August 2009

“On the one hand, her work demonstrates a strong ecological consciousness. On the other, it seems to grapple with various cultural discomforts and shocks”: Paramaibo SPAN pays a visit to artist Ellen Ligteringen's studio.

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