14 January 2006

Stories from 14 January 2006

From the Jordanian Blogosphere

  14 January 2006

Jordan: Exempting US citizens from extradition and trial One of the issues in the Jordanian blogosphere is the Jordanian parliament's decision to ratify a bilateral agreement between Jordan and the US which exempts US citizens from extradition and trial under the auspices of the International Criminal Court. Khalaf of “What's...

The Moveable Feast: Eat the World in Ten Blogs

  14 January 2006

#1Have you ever wondered how the soldiers in Iraq spent the holiday season?  This is the day when you will get the scoop, first hand by Chairbone Stranger, an American soldier deployed somewhere very dusty in Iraq. His Christmas eve dinner report will leave you speechless, well, at least for...

Venezuela: CIP Fact Finding Mission

  14 January 2006

The first two days of a fact-finding mission by representatives of the Center for International Policy has been summed up in two posts at Caracas Connect. On Thursday the team met with Marina Corina Machado and Alejandro Plaz who will go on trial next Wednesday for “allegedly violating Venezuelan law...

Venezuela: Community Radio; Open Source Software

  14 January 2006

Venezuelan Views, News, and Analysis covers the growing trend of low-powered, community radio in Caracas while Andrew Leonard explains the relationship between a new law mandating “that all government agencies migrate their information technology infrastructure to free, or open-source, software” and Venezuela's private oil industry. Jamais Cascio of WorldChanging also...

News From Chinese Blogosphere

  14 January 2006

Blogger Movie: the first short DV movie that is produced and casted by Chinese bloggers is under way for public show, named “A Hard Day's Night”(Or Adventure Of XiaoQiang). The play was written by Wangxiaofeng, a.k.a  Massage Milk, winner of Deutsche World for Best Chinese Journalist Blog. He wrote the...

Colombia: The rise of Colombia's “Democratic Left”

  14 January 2006

Noting that poll respondents are now focusing on economic issues and are open to negotiations with leftist guerillas, Adam Isacson foresees a rise in the newly unified “Democratic Left,” perhaps even unseating the main opposition “Liberal Party.” He then profiles 10 leading figures of Colombia's left.

Mongolia: Government Crisis

  14 January 2006

Mongolia's government has been formally dissolved and the protesters have packed it up. Thomas Terry has blog coverage from the ground, and the other posts on his blog are as good a place to visit as any to understand the situation.

Brazil: Lavagem do Bonfim

  14 January 2006

Sangroncito writes about and photographs “Lavagem do Bonfim” (The Washing of Bonfim Church) in which “Baianas -women dressed in the traditional all-white costume of turban and billowing long skirts – lead a 10 km procession from the lower city to the Church of Bonfim, followed by thousands of participants.”

Azerbaijan: YAMs

  14 January 2006

Carpetblogger says that Azerbaijan's newly denominated currency, the YAM (Yeni (new) Azerbaijan Manat), is causing all kinds of mayhem in the country.

Chile: Free Wi-Fi at all Starbucks

  14 January 2006

FayerWayer announces with glee that all Starbucks in Chile now offer free wireless internet access. Ismael comments that he can finally do away with his social life completely. Pablo Noel, however, notes that “every Starbucks in Chile” really means “11 locations in Santiago” and that more community wi-fi networks need...

Mongolia: Elephant Keeping

  14 January 2006

Chris Miller reports that Mongol ingenuity is being put to use to keep two elephants from the Russian circus who arrived in Ulaanbaatar early warm. In this case, the ingenuity goes by the name of vodka.

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