Stories about Ideas from November, 2009
Barbados: Another Downgrade
“Barbados’ debt may be headed for the dread ‘junk’ status if it is downgraded another notch,” says Living in Barbados, adding: “To change things needs more than a shift in confidence. It needs policies that attack rapidly the size of the debt.”
Barbados, Jamaica: The Politics of Homosexuality
“In Barbados we have a long way to go regarding how as a country we want to deal with the issue of homosexuality”: Barbados Underground says “it would be unfortunate for some if we wait until the next general election” to start discussing…the societal changes to accept this group of...
Guyana: Vampire Snacks
Guyana-Gyal comes up with an innovative marketing plan to sell mosquitoes…
Japan: In a World with Automatic Translation
In a post titled "I especially want to read 'trivial information", Japanese blogger Chikirin gives a fresh perspective on what's important or not and why in automated translation of the Web.
Palestine: Twitter inspiried street
Eman at AquaCool comments on the first Twitter-inspired street name, in a West Bank Palestinian refugee camp.
Bloggers Remember TEDIndia: The Good, the Bad and the Quirky
When the legendary TED conference came down to India, Indian bloggers were understandably excited. Some of the bloggers participated in the event and Gaurav Mishra was one of them. In this post he compiles a roundup of bloggers reactions to the TEDIndia 2009 conference, which took place earlier this month in Mysore, India.
Bahamas: Sister's Keeper
“We women survivors of violence of all kinds must break this collective silence…and we women who enjoy relative freedom and safety must extend our hands and voices to our sisters who do not, because we are not free until all are free”: The Bahamas’ Womanish Words calls on women to...
Trinidad & Tobago: Executive Presidency?
B.C. Pires refers to an online article which implies that “the recent tete-a-tete between Massas Manning & Panday may result in the establishment, by a simple vote of the current sitting Parliament, of an executive presidency” in Trinidad and Tobago.
Barbados, Jamaica: Focus on Flogging
“How to deal with discipline in a society is never easy,” says Living in Barbados, who adds that “Barbados is still working its way towards a wider acceptance that flogging is not the way to go.”
A Quest to Unite Religious Communities: The Charter for Compassion
In a world of fragmentation and religious division, a unique and much anticipated document will be released to the world on November 12, after months of collaborative work by diverse religious leaders and great thinkers.
Trinidad & Tobago: Will The Performing Arts Centre Perform?
The construction of Trinidad and Tobago's new National Academy for the Performing Arts has been controversial, but despite the obstacles, the academy was opened earlier this week, soliciting reactions from local bloggers...
Puerto Rico: Talking ‘Bout A Revolution
Gil the Jenius suggests that the recent protests in Puerto Rico weren't enough.
Cuba, U.S.A.: Bloggers & Violence
Both writing for Havana Times, Circles Robinson reports that the U.S. government has criticized the recent seizure of blogger Yoani Sanchez and two of her peers, noting that “Cuba maintains its rejection of any interference of the US government in its internal affairs”, while Pedro Campos suggests that “to reject...
Cuba: Of Victims & Violence
In the aftermath of her seizure by state authorities, Generation Y admonishes those who may be adopting a “blame the victim stance, while Claudia Cadelo says she prefers being a victim to being the executioner. Havana Times, meanwhile, posts a piece about the march against violence on the way to...
Trinidad & Tobago: Steups
This Beach Called Life thinks that the national mood of Trinidad and Tobago can be summed up in just one word: “Steups”.
Trinidad & Tobago: Getting Closer
Trinidadian artist Rodell Warner posts photos from a project called Closer, in which “passersby were asked to stand for a photo with a stranger, however close they were comfortable with, and to make eye contact.”
Bermuda: Young Black Males
“The 200+ long report on the plight of Bermuda's young black males is a damning indictment of a school system that leaves 50% of BBM's ‘on the wall'”: Wishful Thinking says that the report in question should be used “a guide to making a change for the betterment of all...
Trinidad & Tobago: Mind Your Own Business
The Secret Blog of Patrick “Patos” Manning writes a post about the leak of an alleged sex tape of a Trinidad and Tobago-based celebrity: “The most disturbing aspect of the situation, however, is the manner in which I’m hearing this horrific breach of privacy took place. It gives me chills...
Saudi Arabia: A Blogger's Praise Of Britain
Maram Meccawy is a Saudi writer and blogger, currently living and working in the UK. She recently wrote a post called "Why am I ready to defend Britain?"
Guyana: Internet Copyright
“Copyright violation is still a troubling one on the internet”: Signifyin’ Guyana explores the issue.