· August, 2006

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

Global Food Blog Report #29

  28 August 2006

#1: Maika's Blog on Haitian Food: "Griot" (pronounced: greee-yo ) a popular Haitian original.  Which is fried pork shoulder accompanied with a spicy hot as habanero cole slaw like condiment called “Picklese” (s pronounced like a z).  And served with a side of fried flatten green plaintain "bunan passe" (...

Caribbean: Exporting Carnival

  25 August 2006

“. . . it's interesting how these festivals have echoed, in a small way, the evolution of their original model in Trinidad, as a vehicle of solidarity, an assertion of identity, a gesture of defiance in a hostile environment,” says Jeremy Taylor, writing about the Carnivals “exported” by the Caribbean...

Uruguay, USA: Free Trade Agreements

  18 August 2006

“To free trade with USA, or not to free trade, that's the question.” Or so says From Uruguay in a post that tries to understand how opposing ideologies can negotiate current economic needs.

Jamaica, USA: Harry Belafonte

  18 August 2006

Jeremy Taylor considers the career of Harry Belafonte in relation to the latter's Caribbean roots and political activism: “. . . people should be judged for what they are, rather than what they are not. In his own way, Belafonte identified with the Caribbean from early on. . . ....

Haiti: Deportees to Be Gradually Reinserted

  17 August 2006

Collectif Haiti de Provence points to a (Fr) Radio Metropole article stating: “The Interior Ministry adopted new measures to better manage the case of Haitians deported [from America] (…) ‘Deportees who have served their prison sentence will not be freed upon arrival in Haiti. They will be kept in a...

Americas: Eating in the USA

  16 August 2006

About obesity in the United States, Martin Varsavsky says that he and his wife have found the trick to eating out reasonably (ES): “We found that if you order an appetizer, entree, and dessert and share everything between two people, the amount of food is right and the restaurant workers...

Trinidad & Tobago: 72 medals

  15 August 2006

The Manicou reports that Trinidad & Tobago has won 72 medals in the World Championship of Performing Arts in Hollywood, California, adding “I have to admit though, I've never heard of the competition before.”

Uzbekistan: Andijon Refugees in US

  11 August 2006

Registan.net publishes a letter circulating amongst US resettlement workers who are helping resettle refugees from last year's violence in Uzbekistan's eastern city of Andijon. The letter addresses what the anonymous authors says are very serious problems that need to be addressed to prevent the refugees from returning to Uzbekistan.

Cuba, USA: Misinterpreting Bush

  10 August 2006

Henry Gomez accuses Joe Garcia, the former executive director of the Cuban American National Foundation, of deliberately misinterpreting statements made by President Bush during a television interview and playing playing “divisive political games”. According to Gomez, Garcia claimed that Bush had made statements to the effect that US-based Cubans would...

Cuba, USA: Fidel's daughter and CNN

  8 August 2006

VivirLatino comments on CNN's hiring of Fidel Castro's daughter, Alina Fernandez, as a network contributor: “what this also clearly shows (in my not so humble opinion) is a bias in the media that is clearly pro-U.S. policy around the issue of Cuba. It seems to me that Alina has made...

Cuba, USA: Santería, for better or for worse

  8 August 2006

Dominican Republic blog Remolacha.net links (ES) to a news article and a series of AP photos depicting Cubans in both Cuba and the US engaging in Santería (an Afro-Cuban religion) ceremonies designed to hasten either the death or recovery of ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

Food Blog Report #27

  6 August 2006

#1: From Stockholm, Sweden: Clivia's Cuisine and her marvelous Swiss chard dolmadas with rice and mushrooms! A gem of a recipe, and it looks delicious… Last week I visited Rosendals trädgårdar at Djurgården in Stockholm and found a big bunch of Swiss chard for only 15 SEK, so I bought...

Middle-East War and Indonesian Blogger Divided Responses

  4 August 2006

Echoing the international media headlines on current conflicts in the Middle East between Israel-Lebanon and Israel-Palestine, Indonesian bloggers post similar topics with various comments and responses; pros and cons, supports and condemnation to either sides. Among Indonesian Muslims bloggers, condemnation towards Israeli atrocities against civilians people in Lebanon almost pouring...

Cuba: US travel industry

  2 August 2006

“Ever since the fall of the Soviet Union, the travel industry has had plans in place, ready to launch the minute travel is allowed to Cuba. All of the cruise ship operators have scouted ports (as many as eight) and have contingency plans in place,” writes James, discussing the potential...

Cuba: Not so fast, Miami

  1 August 2006

“Those rejoicing in the streets of Miami could do well to rethink their jubilation,” says Curzon as he posts an excerpt from a profile of Raúl Castro, the brother of Cuban leader Fidel Castro, to whom the latter temporarily passed presidential power on Monday night. According to Curzon's profile, Raúl...