· January, 2006

Stories from Quick Reads from January, 2006

Mexico: Online Library of Chinese Piracy

  31 January 2006

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 towards China. As always, the post is also available in Spanish.

Caribbean: The Taíno & Catholicism

  31 January 2006

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 properly addressed the call by the Taíno and other Indigenous Peoples world wide for the revocation of the 1493 Inter-Ceatera...

Grenada: Kick ‘em Jenny

  31 January 2006

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.

Guyana: Conversations & CCH Pounder

  31 January 2006

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 Guyanese Female. And Guyana Diaspora profiles CCH Pounder, Guyana-born star of television series The Shield.

Belize: Friends and business

  31 January 2006

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

  31 January 2006

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: Condoms in the classroom

  31 January 2006

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 viewpoint that condoms encourage sex, and sex before marriage, especially among teens is bad. The other concerns were around sex...

South Africa: Afrikaans usage

  31 January 2006

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 official context… “”… I must say it on record that to me it is disgusting that at this time and...

Nigeria: Ngugi wa Thiong'o

  31 January 2006

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 to a nightmare”

Aruba: Buying a house

  31 January 2006

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

  31 January 2006

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 enter the Year of the Dog, things are very different than they were even a year ago. The Internet has...

Indonesia: Deaf Driving

  31 January 2006

Indonesia Anonymous becomes curious about what effects the loud noise Indonesia's motorcycle rickshaws, a.k.a. “bajaj,” have on their drivers. It's called “noise-induced hearing loss.”

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