· May, 2006

Stories about U.S.A. from May, 2006

Caribbean: Lists

  31 May 2006

On his freshly launched blog, Jamaican novelist Marlon James weighs in on the New York Times “Top Twenty-Five American Books”. Barbadian blogger Titilayo singles out a few notables from TIME magazine's “list of “100 men and women whose power, talent or moral example is transforming our world”.

Haiti: Personal geography

  25 May 2006

After discussing geography with some of the Haitians in his community, Troy, a US missionary working in rural Haiti, concludes — in what is certainly an over-generalization — that “in the Haitian experience, geography seems to consist of Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Miami, New York, Toronto, and Boston – in...

Cuba: Accomodating Cuba

  24 May 2006

What approach should nations adopt in relation to Cuba? Pondblog crafts an argument from the following ingredients: an article by the director of the Council for Hemispheric Relations (COHA), a US State Department report on state sponsors of terrorism, and a quotation from former Czech leader Vaclav Havel.

Bermuda: iPoliticians

  24 May 2006

US Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's podcast may not be gripping, but according to the Limey, “what's remarkable is that he's doing this at all.” In Bermuda, he adds, “. . . no politician has yet seen the need to have his own blog. The idea that any of them...

Haiti: Haitian Flag Remembered on May 18

  22 May 2006

On the occasion of Haitian Flag Day celebrated in both Haiti and the diaspora, AyitiCherieConnexion says (Fr) “May 18, 1803, Catherine Flon sowed the first Haitian flag … to mark the ending of colonisation. La Dessalinienne, the national anthem, was composed in 1904 with lyrics by Justin Lherisson and music...

Chad: What is France doing there?

  17 May 2006

Generation Consciente, Une Autre Afrique asks (Fr) “What is France doing in Chad? In Africa?” and answers: “The day before yesterday, they waved the communist threat to explain France's presence in Africa. Yesterday Anglo-American jolts justified the need to stay. Today Islamist regimes peak their heads in and explain our...

Venezuela: US Bans Arms Sales

Alfredo Octavio argues that the U.S. government is only adding to Hugo Chávez's political clout by banning arms sales to Venezuela. Oil Wars has a laugh at the hypocrisy of Washington's claims: “Let's see, Venezuela itself is not involved with terrorism. But it befriends country's that supposedly are – Cuba...

Vegetarian or Carnivorian, it is up to you!

  14 May 2006

#1: Apuntes de Cocina desde Venezuela on Salmon Gravalax!Learn to prepare it the easy way and enjoy it for the rest of your life! Head over to her blog to get the step by step recipes and great photos. #2: Directo al Paladar from Spain, visits the famous Restaurante Escuela...

China: Activists meet Bush

  12 May 2006

Veteran Chinese blogger Wang Ning notes that the news today of three Chinese rights activists—one of which is a prominent blogger—meeting with American president George W. Bush had been cut out of Hong Kong television news. [zh]

Puerto Rico, USA: The Puerto Ricans may be coming

  9 May 2006

According to VivirLatino, the recent focus on undocumented immigrants may be obscuring the potential effects of a growing financial crisis in Puerto Rico which may prompt a wave of legal “immigration” of Puerto Ricans to the United States.

Venezuela: Published Boston Globe Letter to the Editor

  9 May 2006

Daniel Duquenal gives props to the Boston Globe for publishing his letter to the editor the letter, using the moment as an opportunity to criticize the New York Times’ coverage of Venezuela. Duquenal has also started a series on what he sees as “the problems in the Venezuelan electoral system.

The Spice of Life

  7 May 2006

#1: From Argentina, Pomelo Pleasures presents: The Spice of Life: She wants it in her jam, me too!!! :) I am an absolute nut about mulled wine, and perhaps with good reason. I remember France during the holidays, going to a bazaar full of baked goods and steaming vats of...

Bahamas: Enviromental impact of naval base

  4 May 2006

Sir Arthur Foulkes and Larry Smith weigh the environmental impact of the The US Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Centre, an the American naval facility on the Bahamian island of Andros. Sir Arthur: “Experience has shown that neither the Americans nor the British can be trusted to make judgments in...

USA: On marches and immigration

  3 May 2006

“This nation is a work in progress—there’s an imagined end goal— AMERICA —but that end is still very far off. If Americans have lost sight of this fact then it is not the fault of the multitudes who come in from abroad to lend a hand, but rather shows how...

Argentina, Spain, USA: Humanity over Nationality

  2 May 2006

Martin Varsavsky, himself an Argentine immigrant living in Spain envisions “political parties made of immigrants joined by native citizens who felt that to them humanity was a stronger concept than nationalism.” In fact, he says it's already happening: “As the May 1st walkout is proving, America would suffer very badly...

Caribbean, US: Ripping off immigrants

  2 May 2006

Prompted by an article appearing the New York Times on May 1, the day of country-wide pro-immigrant demonstrations in the US , Haiti-born Nightshift thinks about the hardships that immigrants endure at the hands of those purporting to help them, and expresses hope that a project being organized by one...