· August, 2007

Stories about Ideas from August, 2007

Caribbean: Indigenous Percentage

  20 August 2007

“I would hate to be a 12 percent American Indian in a debate about indigenous issues with a 13 percent American Indian,” writes Maximilian C. Forte of The CAC Review, as he tackles the issue of DNA testing to determine indigenous cultural identity.

Syria: On Lebanon and Motorcycles

Just as the heat is cooling from an inter-Arab spat involving Jordanians and Iraqis, we move on to the Syrian blogosphere where bloggers are fanning the flames of a Palestinian-Lebanese virtual stand-off. Read Yazan's Badran round up to learn more.

Anguilla: Anti-Referendum

  17 August 2007

“Can I be blamed for suspecting that the people who propose a formal referendum on Anguilla’s new Constitution have a hidden agenda?” asks Corruption-free Anguilla, as he makes a case for not holding a referendum.

Jamaica: Interesting Elections?

  16 August 2007

“For the first time in Jamaica’s political history has it been so exciting…it will be a tight race to Jamaica House.” Jamaican Lifestyle thinks the island's upcoming elections are going to be interesting…

Jamaica: Bridges to Memory

  16 August 2007

“The poems…are rooted in the crucible of the Caribbean/African American Diaspora”: Geoffrey Philp's Blog Spot features Jamaican author Marva McClean as she discusses her new book of poetry.

Thailand: Tallest Peak in South East Asia

  16 August 2007

BISEAN publishes pictures and heights of the top ten highest mountain peaks in order to dispel the myth created by travel agents that Mount Kinabalu in Sabah is the tallest peak in South East Asia.

Japan: Contraception

  16 August 2007

Neomarxisme blogs about the use of contraception in Japan: Japan is the one of the only countries on Earth where condom use declined in the 1990s and 70% of Japanese women would never even consider trying oral contraceptives.

Honduras: An Introduction to Honduran Blogs – Part 3

  15 August 2007

Many young Hondurans are blogging now, and personal blogs in Spanish abound. These defy being pigeon-holed into categories. Many entries are about anything or nothing in particular, the latest movie trailers, family stories, and even raunchy ads. In Part 3 of this introduction to the Honduran blogosphere, the focus is on blogs about personal and everyday topics.

Iran:Bill Kristol Makes me Apoplectic

View from Iran writes about the interview with Bill Kristol of the Weekly Standard with Jon Stewart of The Daily Show.The blogger says I am not even well-informed about Iraq, but it seems to me that the rhetoric of the American supporters of the war seems to be echoing the...

Bahamas: Anger Management?

  15 August 2007

Rick Lowe at WeblogBahamas.com wonders “if the anger being exhibited in…general problem solving is not somehow related to the failure of our educational system?”

Jamaica: Rock and a Hard Place

  15 August 2007

Francis Wade examines the conundrum that many Jamaicans living abroad face: “They love their country, and miss it terribly. They are angry that they cannot return (for many good reasons.) They are unwilling to assimilate into the mainstream U.S. (which for most means becoming African Americans.) They are stuck.”

Dominica: Earth Bag Home

  15 August 2007

Joanna's Eco Travel Blog is pleased to find an earth bag house being built in Dominica: “The idea of an Earth Bag home is that it is resistant to extreme climate occurrences such as hurricanes and tornadoes. It is also supposed to be able to handle earthquakes.”

Barbados: Chocolate Controversy

  15 August 2007

Following the firing of Barbados’ Banks Beer calendar girl after a controversial display, Gallimaufry writes: “I find it kind of gross that people would eat chocolate that a half-naked woman with whom they are not intimately acquainted has been sitting down in”, while Cheese-on-Bread says: “Our ancestral women, black white...

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