Stories about Migration & Immigration from April, 2011
Brazil/Japan: Bridge Blogging Post-Earthquake News
“I read a post from a japanese blogger, I found it truly interesting and I decided to translate part of it”, said [pt] Satou Mihoko, who has decided to bridge japanese news to the portuguese speaking community, following the earthquake. Brazil is home to the largest Japanese population outside of...
Germany: A blog of rare German records from flea markets
Berlin Beatet Bestes is a blog by Andreas Michalke of rare out of print German 45 rpm records found at flea markets. For instance, this 1959 tune of Trinidadian singer Mona Baptiste singing a mambo in German.
Blogging Latino Literature and Technology
Valerie Russo founded a successful blog named Literanista. Five years after its inception, this Puerto Rican-Sicilian writer talks with Global Voices about her vision, achievements and future goals.
Suriname: Mickey Mouse Art
Mickey Mouse as “a customized symbol for progress”? Srananart's Blog explains.
Jamaica: Divine Poetry
Diaspora litblogger Geoffrey Philp says of Kwame Dawes’ poem Shook Foil: “There is a divine symmetry of the human with music and the landscape– evidence of a ‘natural mystic’ transforming the mundane into the miraculous.”
Haiti: Relevance of Lavalas
In the context of Haiti's recent elections, Toussaint on Haiti considers Fanmi Lavalas‘ political future: “The answer is not to cancel the last elections to have new elections that include FL. The worst thing that FL can do is continue with the same arguments of the last 24 years. If...
Cuba: House Arrest for Fariñas
Uncommon Sense has the details on independent journalist and human rights activist Guillermo Fariñas’ latest detention.
Jamaica: Poetry & Sensuality
For his 21 Days/21 Poems series, diaspora litblogger Geoffrey Philp posts an erotic poem by Jacqueline Johnson, saying: “What I love about this poem is the subdued sensuality.”
Cuba: Political Opposition
Uncommon Sense republishes “what repression on the island looked like in March”, according to the statistics put forward by Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation.
Côte d'Ivoire: Gbagbo Resists, Africans Protest
While former Côte d'Ivoire President Laurent Gbagbo is still holed up in a bunker in the country, resisting arrest for continuing to deny his loss of the 2010 presidential election, the participation of France in the bid to oust him is raising reactions amongst French politicians and citizens, as well as within the African community in France.
Haiti: “Sweet Micky”‘s Mandate
Dying in Haiti puts forward the new president's mathematical mandate, saying: “His opportunity to do good for Haiti is huge. It would be great if he would deliver on just one of his big promises above. It would be great to be pleasantly surprised.”
Haiti: Martelly Declared Election Winner
Bloggers are reporting that Michel Martelly has emerged victorious in the recent run-off election to become Haiti's next president; Throwing Down the Water, meanwhile, is unhappy with the Miami Herald's early declaration of the winner: “I don't appreciate news agencies interfering with Haiti's attempt to actually hold a legitimate run-off...
Cuba: Carter's Visit
Different perspectives on former U.S. President Carter's Cuba visit, here and here.
East Timor: Satire on expats working in development
Read the satirical blog Stuff Malai Like for some humor on “the wide spectrum of strange malais presently living in East Timor”. Malai is the Tetum language word for foreigners or expatriates.
Cuba: Exiled Voice Awarded
“Unmasking the penitentiary system on the island from within its insides was the goal, despite all the limitations attached with being imprisoned”: Pablo Pacheco Avila remembers how his blog was born; Pedazos de La Isla is thrilled that the blog “was awarded a 2011 Mandala Communication Prize.”
Trinidad & Tobago: Laughlin's “Small Husband”
almostisland posts links to the poetry of Nicholas Laughlin; Pleasure reviews his work, saying: “Laughlin's poetry is also a deeply Caribbean meditation, in its concern with the geography of self-actualisation and in its subtle echos of processes known so well by those who are scattered throughout the Caribbean diaspora.”
India: Billions Celebrate Cricket World Cup Victory
On Saturday, 2nd April 2011, India's cricket team - the Men in Blue created history in Mumbai's Wankhede stadium when they beat Sri Lanka by six wickets to triumphantly lift the cricket World Cup trophy. We bring you images that capture the mood of the jubilant team and their fans.
Jamaica: Public Frustration
Ruthibelle dubs the Manatt Dudus Commission of Enquiry the “Comedy of Enquiry”, then explains why she continues to watch; Grasshopper Eyes The Potomac, meanwhile, wonders whether the country is “irie” or “irate”.
Jamaica: Environment Under Siege
“Jamaica’s coasts and vital mangroves have been under assault for decades from shoreline over development”: Labrish blogs about the latest victim.