Stories about Ideas from June, 2006
Latest in French-Speaking Blogs of the Caribbean and Oceania
NEW CALEDONIA Annoella near Gadji, New Caledonia. By Sebastien Merion. A few months ago, we learned that Sebastien and Annoella of 5 minutes en Nouvelle Caledonie got married in Mauritius. Now watch a video of the newlyweds hiking up a hill overlooking the lovely beaches of Gadji. The post provides...
Senegal: Failed Privatization of State Peanut Company
Over at Sunuguerte, Forum sur l'Arachide au Senegal, a blog on the peanut industry in Senegal, contributor Moubarak Lo writes (Fr): “[Privatized peanut venture] Sonacos may fail. Because of the role of the peanut as a wealth creator and as a poverty reducer in the rural world, the government must...
China: Desperate football housewives
“Everyone has their own way of celebrating or dealing with the inconveniences of the World Cup,” writes Shanghaiist blogger Peijin Chen of pregnant Chinese women who have painted soccer balls on their bellies in ‘Desperate football housewives.’
China: University entrance exam
China's nightmarish university entrance exams wrapped up today. Seen in a post from Danwei‘s Joel Martinsen are rumors that ‘full-mark’ essays from the composition section are already being collected for publishers with response anthologies in the works. “In the days following the exam each year,” Martinsen writes of Gao Kao...
South Korea: World Cup consciousness
NGOs in South Korea have banded together, writes Kotaji blogger Kotajihwal, to prevent World Cup fever from drawing attention away from pressing social and political issues.
China: Internet lingo
A post from the Journal of Intercultural Learning blog looks at ‘Chinese Internet Lingo‘: “Controversies around these cultural phenomenon are naturally raised as to what extent it can be tolerated to ‘challenge’ this language characterized by using only characters, and the debate has been focused on the question of the...
The Kannada Context: Hear the nature of voices
The amplification of small sound bytes effects a joyful reverberation in a large room. I got a few mails/comments for my last post, The Kannada Context: Exclusive Identity and Other Stories. I also got to know interesting people. It is nice to see the feedback from a small, yet vibrant,...
Trindad & Tobago: Looking homeward
London-based Trinidadian blogger Seldo grapples with the idea of returning to Trinidad. In his lengthy and eloquent post he asks hard questions of himself and his homeland and contemplates the role a white, privileged, gay Caribbean man can play in shaping his country's destiny.
Caribbean: Reason and decentering
After observing the behaviour of some university professors at two recent conferences in the Caribbean, Professor Zero wonders, among other things, whether academics who consider reason “oppressive” might be guilty of bad faith.
Trinidad & Tobago: Football – a matter of life and death?
At the Trinidad and Tobago World Cup Blog Stacy-Marie Ishmael riffs off the musings of commentators ranging from a Muslim blogger to Kofi Annan, in an eloquent and free-flowing meditation on the meaning and uses of football.
Singapore: Next Step for Citizen Journalism
Cherian George in his Singapore: New Media, Politics & the Law blog attempts to answer the question “What is next for Citizen Journalism” in Singapore.
Iran: A Suspicious Site, Global Voices!
Amshspand says he has discovered a suspicious site ( Global Voices) which is supported by a big university in the USA. Blogger writes this site is updated very fast and following important things in details (Persian). He adds these are reasons that this site is suspicious.
Afghan Whispers: Crash & Riots
According to media about one week ago violent anti-foreigner protests raged across the capital Monday after a U.S. military truck crashed into traffic. Let's see what Afghan bloggers have to say about this event. What Happened & Why Afghan Warrior shares his point of view with us: “Most Afghans complain...
China: Questions for Hu
Twenty clever questions China Confidential‘s Confidential Reporter hopes might one day be asked of Chinese president Hu Jintao. “Who knows?” Confidential Reporter asks, “Maybe Bill Gates will email the queries to Hu's Hotmail account.” Question #3: “Do you believe in Communism?”
Taiwan: Tank man alive?
Asiapundit‘s myrick has two key posts this week: one announcing the commencing of the 2006-2007 Asia Blog Awards contest, with the deadline for nominations set at June 16. A new category this year aims to include blogs of a more visual nature: “Podcasts, photo and video blogs must be based...
Hong Kong: Chinese rule beneficial?
Has being handed over to China been good for Hong Kong or not? Simon at Simon World takes a swing at this complicated question in ‘China's Rule of Hong Kong.’ In the 10 years since China took over, the city has had the Asia crisis, Tung Chee-hwa, the Article 23...
Latest in the Francophone African Blogosphere
PAN-AFRICAN For the United States of Africa Le Pangolin is fervently advocating for the dissolution of the current borders that separate African countries and that, he believes, weaken each individual African country: Je suis pour des Etats-Unis d’Afrique par zone géographique ou linguistique, car cela va permettre d’impliquer l’ensemble des...
China: Old festival, new name
Known in the West mainly for its colorful dragon boat races, yesterday's Duan Wu (端午) Festival has its origins with Qu Yuan (屈原), a renowned and respected corruption-fighting poet whose political passion, many claim, was equalled only by his homosexuality. As the story goes, his unrequited love for the king,...
Haiti: Exhibit Commemorates Painter Jean-Rene Jerome
“‘Itineraries Through Canvas’ is the theme of a retrospective on the paintings and other artwork of diseased artist Jean-Rene Jerome which opened May 25 at Ateliers Jerome in Petion-Ville,” says an article by Fortestson Fénelon posted byCollectifHaitideProvence. “The exhibit retraces the painter's itinerary from 1965 to 1990.” The event commemorates...