Stories from 19 July 2005
Peru: The Incan Trail
Don Ball Carbajal reflects on his trip up the Incan Trail in Peru.
Venezuela: Chavez Police Cars
The Devil's Excrement isn't happy with the new Chavez covered Metropolitan Police cars in Caracas.
Bolivia: Guns, Germs & Steel – And Bolivia
Boli-Nica has a Bolivian-centric summary of the recent PBS documentary based on Jared Diamond's book, Guns, Germs, and Steel.
Carribean: Tropical Storm Tracking Software
After a batch of hurricanes and tropical storms, Caribbean Free Radio links to an open source tropical storm tracking software program.
Guatemala: Mining, Genocide and Human Rights
Upside Down Blog has a two part series written by Cyril Mychalejko about an “Anti-Mining Coalition Meeting” in Guatemala.
Bolivia: Two Important Stories to Track Down
Blog from Bolivia is keeping tabs on what seems to be a US backed militarization of Bolivia as it approaches it special elections in December.
Bolivia: Cochabamba Poll
Barrio Flores reports that in the latest, local Cochabamba poll Evo Morales and Tuto Quiroga are running neck to neck.
Argentinga: Juan Manuel Fangio
Doug of all-encompassingly pays tribute to Argentine racing legend Juan Manuel Fangio.
Argentina: AMIA bombing, 11 years later
Jeff Barry has another excellent post, this time looking back on the 1994 terrorist bombing in the Bueno Aires neighborhood of Once.
Pssst…wanna buy a Harry Potter? – Sepia Mutiny
The group blog Sepia Munity notes that it only took 48 hours for pirated copies of the latest Harry Potter epic to appear on the streets of Mumbai.
Saudi Arabia: Women's Driving: Do We Need Another King Faisal?
Saudi Jeans is discouraged by the latest skirmish in the ‘Should Saudi Arabia allow women to drive’ debate.
Singapore: Digital Life on Bloggers.SG
Mr.Brown reviews the Straits Times coverage of Bloggers.SG 2005, as does Tomorrow.sg.
Philippines: Stories behind our stories » President says she will create commission
According to Inside PCIJ, President Arroyo has announced that she will create “a commission or similar body to look into the truth behind issues recently raised against me.” The wording of the statement seems to suggest that the purpose of any such commission will be the investigation of the actions...
Brand New Malaysian: Micheal Soosai's Website under investigation: This blog instructed to remove all links
Brand New Malaysian has been ordered to removed all links to Micheal Soosai's website due to an ongoing investigation. Soosai faked his own death a few years ago and later resurfaced with a website alleging massive police corruption.
The Beirut Spring: A Taste of Fame
The Beirut Spring‘s “No To Terrorism” banner has made an appearance on the BBC's website.
Kenya: Poor Governance
Bankelele has a brief rundown of the mismangement charges levied against the Central Bank.
Jordan: Quoted in The Times
The Jordanian blog Mental Mayhem discovered that she had been quoted in the Times of London. Unfortunately, they got her URL wrong…
Japan: Who is that masked man?
Japanpundit brings us the tale of a professional wrestler-turned-politician who is accused of using public funds to travel to a wrestling match. The wrestler/politician–who refuses to take his mask off during legislative sessions–denies the charges.
Azerbaijan: Election Monitor
Here's a great new blog that'll be covering the upcoming elections in Azerbaijan. It apears to be affiliated with a new on-line effort to cover Central Asia called Thinking East. (via oneworld)
Iraq: Corruption, thieves
Sami of An Iraqi's Thoughts laments continued corruption in Iraq: “The collapse of Iraqi society in front of your eyes is sad, sad because the end of the tyrant was meant to bring a new beggininng.”
Iraq: Horrors of War and Terrorism
Husayn Uthman, who writes Democracy in Iraq (Is Here!), compares the London bombings to daily life in Iraq: “I am very sad to see what happened in London, but for me, it is nothing new, those of us in Iraq have become used to tens of people dying on a...