Stories from 5 August 2005
Blog from Bolivia links to a new poll which has Jorge Quiroga firmly in the lead for December's presidential election.
The Devil's Excrement does not yet seem convinced of the quality of Telesur's programming.
Daniel of Venezuela News and Views makes his predictions for this Sunday's municipal elections.
Tomas Sancio of Venezuelan Politics covers the reaction and controversy which followed after U.S. Ambassador William Brownfield distributed free baseball equipment to poor youth in the capitol city, Caracas.
Some expats living in Nicaragua, joke about “the price of Terror.”
Matt Lawrence of Havana Journal has some statistics on detentions of Cuban illegal immigrants so far this year.
At the five year anniversary of Plan Colombia, Boz has some excellent and optimistic observations about his latest trip to Colombia/a>.
Cyril Mychalejko has his third and final post on Upside Down Blog about his trip to Guatemala where he observed a miner's union.
Tim says it's that time of year when most Salvadorans enjoy their vacation time including some 65,000 that will visit Guatemala.
Japanese bloggers were able to offer almost realtime accounts of the recent earthquake in northern Japan. Says one Japanese blogger: The fridge door swung upon, the goldfish bowl fell off the shelf, and it was just a terrible situation inside the house…There have been a lot of earthquakes here in...
Last night, I put together a short video about traditional kente weaving in Ghana's Ashanti region. Kente, perhaps the most famous West African textile, is brightly colored, coming in a variety of patterns, some reserved for use by Ashanti royalty. The video was shot in the historic kente weaving village of Bonwire, about an hour south of Kumasi. Three weavers are featured, each using a traditional loom to make the cloth. The video also contains music performed by Ghanaian drummer Obo Addy, used with permission from Alula Records. There are two versions of the video: high resolution (13 megs) and low resolution (two megs).
The Zimbabwean Pundit points out an interview with “reviled media henchman Tafataona Mahoso”, where he explains why there's no such thing as journalism that has Zimbabwe's interests at heart.
Omeka Na Huria is pleasantly surprised that the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP), one of Singapore's few opposition parties, has started podcasting. However, Mr. Brown is, in his own unique way, somewhat skeptical of the endevour. And Wannabe Lawyer actually reviews the content–well, kinda…
Torn and frayed in Manila mourns the death of former presidential candidate Raul Roco: “Philippine politics has lost perhaps its only intellectual heavyweight of recent years.”
Referencing a Nature article, Jeff Ooi wonders what ever happened to BioValley, Malaysia's purported biotechnology research center.
Mentalacrobatics celebrates the fact that the Kenyan Blogs Webring has grown to more than 100 members.
Macam-Macam reports that former deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim has recieved an apology from the man who beat him while Ibrahim was in police custody in the late 1990s. Wikipedia has more information on the politically-motivated charges that originally landed Ibrahim in jail.
EastSouthWestNorth reports on the story of an entrepreneur, involved in a dispute with the local government, who disappeared after leaving for a meeting with a “reporter”. As far as anyone can tell, he was arrested by public security officials who had been posing as CCTV producers.
The Australian blog Rank and Vile digs into the rivalry between world football (aka soccer) and Australian Rules Football.
Registan.net catches a US State Department official desperately trying to put the best possible spin on US relations with Tashkent.
Black Star Journal applauds the fact that the African Union has condemned the coup in Mauritania, but wonders where the rest of their priorities are.