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· January, 2006

Stories from Quick Reads from January, 2006

Mexico: Online Library of Chinese Piracy

Wave Making notes that the popular, controversial (and often offensive) blog, Pinches Chinos has celebrated its one year anniversary and takes the occasion to examine the complex feelings Mexicans have...

Venezuela: Notes on WSF

Author and activist, Luis J. Rodriguez offers his experience at last week's World Social Forum in Caracas.

Caribbean: BlogHer's site launches

BlogHer's new “internationalized” site is now online, with Karen Walrond covering Latin America and the Caribbean.

Grenada: Kick ‘em Jenny

Yamfoot posts two photos of Grand Anse beach, and wonders if the sea's unusual turbulence in the second could mean that submarine volcano “Kick ‘em Jenny” is acting up.

Belize: Flooding and highways

Caribbean Colors ventures out on to the highways and byways of Belize during the recent flooding, and takes some photos.

Barbados, Venezuela: Patilla amarillo

Caracas-resident Barbadian Campfyah discovers patilla amarillo.

South Africa: Condoms in the classroom

Mzansi Afrika comments on the debate taking place in South Africa over whether condoms should be available in classrooms …”The main argument, surprise, surprise, was from the whole moralistic religious...

Nigeria: hostages freed

Nigerian Times reports on the freeing of hostages in Nigeria's Niger Delta.

Kenya: Myths

Diary of a mad Kenyan woman writes on the “myth of the strong black woman“

Zimbabwe: going hungry

This is Zimbabwe comments on the lack of compassion and failure to manage crisis by Zanu-PF….

Panama: Manuel Escala

Leon Kadoch sees a bright future for up-and-coming Panamanian musician, Manuel Escala.

India: Dharamshala

India: Dharamshala

Caribbean: The Taíno & Catholicism

Indigenous issues blog Voice of the Taino people links to an article entitled “Christianity, Capitalism, Corporations, and the Myth of Dominion”, noting that the “Roman” Catholic Church still has not...

Guyana: Conversations & CCH Pounder

MediaCritic has begun posting a series of conversations with anonymous Guyanese figures. So far he's conversed with London-based Guyanese, Prodigal, a journalist who's moved to another island, and Young Bright...

Belize: Friends and business

Simone posts Part 4 of her “Moving to Belize” guide, and solicits input from people who've “tried to set up a business abroad with friends”.

Barbados: Music awards

Titilayo writes about the newly launched Barbados Music Awards, and thinks the event signifies good things for Barbados's music. But she also wonders whether they'll last.

South Africa: Afrikaans usage

Moral Fibre from South Africa, reports on a row over the Afrikaans language between opposition parties and a military judge who complained about the use of the language in an...

Nigeria: Ngugi wa Thiong'o

Molara Wood points to an interview with Kenyan writer, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, in Saturdays UK Guardian…..”I told them I wanted to be in touch with the everyday. But we returned...

Aruba: Buying a house

At 25, ArubaGirl is wondering whether it would be wise for her to buy a house. “Am I being crazy to cling to the land?” she asks.

China: More Crackdowns

Danwei summarizes the recent crackdowns on print publications in China that characterized the end of the Year of the Rooster. But there is a note of hope: “Yet as we...

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