Stories about Indigenous from April, 2008
Jamaica: Bob Goes Home
Montego Bay Day by Day reports that a controversial statue of reggae icon Bob Marley has finally found a home in Ocho Rios, but insists: “I have looked at this piece of ‘art’ several times from many different angles and I still do not like this statue…not even a little...
Guyana: Tribute to McAndrew
Signifyin’ Guyana is pleased that the government will “pay a special homage” to the late Wordsworth McAndrew at Guyana's upcoming Carifesta celebrations.
Indonesia: Craft Fair
Elyani's Place writes about Inacraft 2008. Now on it's tenth year, the big craft fair was held at Jakarta Convention Centre.
Guyana: RIP McAndrew
Signifyin’ Guyana acknowledges the passing of Wordsworth McAndrew, “a pioneering Guyanese artist.”
Blogian comments on a recent interview given by a former presidential candidate in Armenia on the destruction of an ancient Armenian cemetary in the Azerbaijani exclave of Nakhichevan. The blog says that while the eradication of Djulfa should not result in Armenia pulling out of peace talks with Azerbaijan to...
Argentina: Guaraní Youth Join Army
María Florencia Puente of La Misionera [es] writes about Guaraní indigenous youth that recently joined the Argentine Armed Forces. The agreement will help both groups learn from one another.
Guyana: Back to the 50s
Guyana Providence Stadium posts a series of photos by Godfrey Chin of 1950s Guyana (you'll have to look in the blog's April archives, as there is no photoset) – including this one of a small section of a Carnival band: “Note the copper hand-beaten copper craft armour…”
Damascus: The Destruction of The Old City
Damascus prides itself on being the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. The history of Damascus goes back well into the 8000BC. In every corner of its ancient alleys there's a taste of every historical era there was to be found. The city that had withstood everything from earthquakes to invasions for nearly 10 millennia, is now crumbling under the threat of... "Modernism", writes Yazan Badran, who brings us the reactions of a Syrian blogger.
AIDS – A Taboo in the Arab World
AIDS, the deadly acquired immune deficiency syndrome, is a taboo word in the Arab world. But the scary word has managed to crop up in many blog posts this week - from Jordan, Iraq, Palestine, Bahrain and Yemen.
Guyana: Threats of Tourism
“Third World governments invariably justify the promotion of tourism as a driving force for economic development,” says Guyana Providence Stadium, but asks: “Is tourism really the holy cow to be protected and nurtured at all costs for Guyana's development?”
Trinidad & Tobago, Venezuela: Archaeological Find
Caribbean Beat Blog reveals that on the island of Cubagua, situated between Venezuela's northeastern shoreline and the resort island of Margarita, “researchers reportedly have found archaelogical traces of three distinct periods of human history in the Americas.”
Syria: 60 years after Deir Yasin
“As Israel prepares to celebrate its sixtieth anniversary, and as Palestinians reach sixty years of dispossession, we must honor the memory of those who perished in the savage butchery that was the Deir Yasin massacre of April 9, 1948,” writes Rime Allaf, who commemorates the 60th anniversary of the massacre.
“Oh what a delightful little fruit! Who can resist its lure? I love the smell, the taste, the colour, the feel of them inside my mouth”: Montego Bay Day By Day blogs about Guineps.
Russia: Politics Update
Sean's Russia Blog posts an update on the recent political developments in Russia.
Brazil: Blogosphere debates infanticide
“We are discussing the superiority of Western Christian civilization over the indigenous peoples because of infanticide. Well, we may disagree, and want to do something about it, but the indigenous tribes do what they do for one reason clear: in their way of life, it is very difficult to keep...
Paraguay: Reactions to Racist Article Against Indigenous
Margarida C. collects reactions to the “Most Racist Article of the Year” award given to the newspaper La Nación of Paraguay, which had “compared Paraguaya Indians to a ‘dangerous cancer’ and described them as ‘filthy’.”