Stories from 26 December 2005
Brazil: Christmas in Brazil
Didn't see Santa this year? That's because he was in Rio de Janeiro. Made in Brazil also offers up 10 convincing reasons to spend the holidays in the Southern Hemisphere.
Chile: Soccer Champions and Chilean Music
Marcelo Mackinnon writes in OhmyNews International that Catholic University beat the University of Chile in the 2005 football championship. Huasonic, writing from Spain, is filled with joy after stumbling upon some Chilean bands in the iTunes music store. He notes that Leo Prieto‘s podcast, Radio Minga is also included in...
Grenada: IMF reports & indifferent politicians
YingYang lists the highlights of a recent IMF report on Grenada, adding that the Grenadian Prime Minister has ignored all requests from the Grenada Chamber of Commerce, the Grenada Trades Union Council and other private sector organisations for face-to-face meetings to discuss the redevelopment of the island, which was devasted...
Bermuda: Conversations v. Monologues
In replying to those who believe politics scared him away from the Royal Gazette, newspaper columnist-turned-blogger A Limey in Bermuda scores one for the citizen journalism team. “I find conversations more interesting than monologues,” he says.
Venezuela: Lack of Coffee and Inspiration
A.M. Mora y Leon had a difficult time finding coffee in Caracas during a recent visit and directs readers to a satirical explanation of the coffee shortage at Caracas Chronicles. Orlidroit can't find inspiration (ES) writing in a global medium like the internet while living in a small petroleum town...
Caribbean: Ginger Beer and Sorrel
Both Cayman Time and Simian Scratchings let out the secret recipes of two of the English-speaking Caribbean's favorite Christmas drinks: ginger beer and sorrel.
Zarchka is a new contributor at Oneworld Multimedia, and her first post is on the money and work that goes into celebrating New Year's.
Ukraine: Presidential Market Day
Veronica Khokhlova reports on her husband's encounter with President Yushchenko at an antiques market. The president visits the market at least once per month just as he has been for many years.
Poland: Avian-Free Nativity
the beatroot reports that avian flu fears stopped a Polish nativity scene tradition this year.
Afghanistan: NGO Skepticism
Afghan Reality reports on skepticism of and need for financial transparency in Afghanistan's NGO community.
Peru: Seeking Congressional Representatives
Have some extra time this holiday season? Why not run for congress in Peru. Fabiola Bazo of Peru Elections 2006 writes that a Peruvian political party has placed classified ads soliciting potential candidates for congress.
Ukraine: Ad Copies
Russian Marketing Blog reports on how one Ukrainian company has taken its advertising ideas from recognizable campaigns run by other companies.
Kenya in London and Goose for xmas dinner
African Bullets & Honey shares his xmas dinner of wild goose….For dinner we baked the wild goose marinated in tangerines, strawberries, red onions, garlic and clove powder among other spices. Then brown basmati rice; a sweet potato and leeks stuffing; spinach with mushrooms; a moist carrot cake made with dark...
Nigeria: Xmas in my home town
Jangbalajugbu-Homeland Stories writes that like millions of other Nigerians at Christmas time, he is off to his home town which is called Saki in Oyo State where the heat is intense and the hammatan season is in full force. “Saki is like some two and a half hours from Ibadan,...
South Africa: Nelson Mandela Sq
Mzansi Afrika points to some photographs of Nelson Mandela Square in Johannesburg, South Africa which ironically is situated in “most upmarket shopping and dining destinations. The area is situated in the exclusive northern suburbs of Johannesburg, and is surrounded by luxury hotels”.
Kenya: White Christmas/white Jesus
What an African Woman Thinks the questions the idea of a “white Christimas” in Kenya and the possibility of a “White Jesus” ………….. I said, in mitigation, in defence of Pastors M, L and S, absent for lack of notice, that perhaps they’d been bombarded so long with the blue-eyed...
Ethiopia: Gender barriers to education
Barriers to girls attending school in Ethiopia and elsewhere in Africa are numerous. Friends of Ethiopia comments that the lack of toilet facilities, privacy and water also act as a barrier to young teenage girls attending school…….”Fatimah is facing the onset of puberty, and with it the realities of menstruation...
Passion of the Present points to an article in the New York Times that analyses concerns over the ethical dilemmas faced by aid organizations in dealing with restrictions imposed by oppressive governments.
Black Start Journal reports on the Nigeria's new initiative that will provide free antiretroviral drugs to HIV/AIDS sufferers. Nigeria has the third highest HIV rate in the world.
China: Bloggers Beware of WordPress China
China bloggers have been sounding the alarm about wordpress.com.cn, a free WordPress blog hosting service in China. The service, which has no relationship to WordPress, deletes accounts without warning a short time after registration.
Cambodia: Visit to Movie Star's Wildlife Refuge
On the Khmer440.com forum, keeping_it_riel posts photographs and an account of a visit to Hollywood movie star's Angelina Jolie's $5 million wildlife refuge in Cambodia.