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· January, 2006

Stories about Puerto Rico (U.S.) from January, 2006

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...

Puerto Rico: Island without a coast?

30 January 2006

Tinta Digital (ES) contemplates the possibility that Puerto Rico could become “an island without a coast” unless the laws which allow people and organizations to restrict access to beachfront are changed.

Caribbean: McWatt wins literary prizes

  30 January 2006

The Caribbean Beat Blog announces that Guyanese writer Mark McWatt has taken both the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for best first book in the Canada/Caribbean region, and the prestigious Casa de las Americas prize for Caribbean literature in English or Creole.

Puerto Rico: Taking the mickey out of a PSA

27 January 2006

A slogan in a public restroom inspires (ES) Shery to mount a mischievous campaign satirizing the public-service campaign “¿Qué nos pasa, Puerto Rico?” (“What's happening to us, Puerto Rico?”).

Caribbean: A blogger's book awards

  16 January 2006

For the fourth year in a row, Trinidadian Nicholas Laughlin publishes the “Nicholas Laughlin Book Awards” for Caribbean books — “i.e. books written by Caribbean authors, set in the Caribbean, or otherwise of particular Caribbean interest”. As interesting as the selections is Laughlin's analysis of his own reading patterns over...

The Rock Scene in Puerto Rico

15 January 2006

Norenid Feliciano is a 19-year-old musician currently studying journalism at the Río Piedras campus of the University of Puerto Rico. The original post is available in Spanish at her weblog, Háblame de Música. It's Friday, getting close to 10 at night, and in the “pub” begins the distortion of the...

Caribbean: Caribbeing

  13 January 2006

“In this CSME time. In this time of dancehall self-righteousness versus soca wutlessness. In this time when Trinis don't want to hear about “small islanders” reaching to the Billboard charts with soca music. In this time when Haitians still call out for our help and we still studiously ignore them....

11 key moments in [Anglo-]Caribbean blog history

  13 January 2006

THE INTERNET ARCHIVE IS preserving copies of many early blog pages, but most bloggers are too busy posting to think about otherwise documenting what they're doing. The history of the blogosphere goes back barely a decade, but evolution has been rapid, and bloggers who were around just three or four...

Caribbean: Plays, pantomimes, identity

  13 January 2006

The Caribbean Beat Blog solicits opinions on a newspaper review of this year's Jamaica pantomime, encourages Caribbean bloggers to engage in a “round of collective soul-searching” and publishes “outtakes” from an article in the current issue of the magazine.

Caribbean: Art, film & the Seven Caribbean Wonders

  12 January 2006

The Caribbean Beat Blog links to to a conversation between the director of Jamaica's National Gallery and the guest curator of a current exhibition; an article about a Hollywood film made on location in Grand Cayman by a young Caymanian director; and solicits input for a list of the “Seven...

Caribbean: Wayback when

  11 January 2006

The Caribbean Beat Blog has some fun with the Wayback Machine, linking to early – and in a few cases embarrassing – incarnations of a few Caribbean web sites.

Puerto Rico: A model for a new world order?

  11 January 2006

Lowatel calls for morality-based decision making in the Puerto Rican political process and advances the idea of the country as an “independent sovereign country” within an economic bloc or association of nations. “Perhaps,” writes Lowatel, “Puerto Rico's plight and challenge holds a prophetic promise for a new world order to...

Caribbean: What does the word before the colon mean?

  10 January 2006

“What does “Caribbean” mean? What a vast weight of confusion & possibility & debate those four little syllables have to bear,” says Nicholas Laughlin in a thoughtful post inspired by a long-gone writing deadline, by the debates around the restructuring of the Global Voices “Americas” region, and by Taran Rampersad's...

Caribbean: Island Maps

  3 January 2006

Island Tips has added to its site a number of Caribbean maps based on the Google Maps API marked with sites of interest. The list currently includes maps of Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Bonaire, Grenada, Montserrat and Puerto Rico.

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