23 January 2006

Stories from 23 January 2006

Bolivia: Morales Takes Reins

  23 January 2006

Eduardo Avila, watching CNN en Español, was disappointed with Morales’ inaugural speech: “The historic and poignant moment was spoiled by the speech that had a stream of consciousness feel to it.” Jim Shultz says, “in a ceremony that hasn’t taken place since the conquest half a millenia ago, Bolivia´s first...

Argentina: Clarín Doesn't Give Attribution

  23 January 2006

Eduardo Acros wonders why the Argentine daily, El Clarín isn't giving recognition to Mariano Amartino (who blogs for El Clarín at Weblog Sobre Weblogs) for finding leaked screenshots of Internet Explorer 7 on a little-known tech website. Arcos notes that Argentina's other major daily, La Nacion, does in fact link...

Nicaragua: Flor de Caña

  23 January 2006

The votes are in and Nicaragua Living declares Flor de Caña the most beloved alcoholic beverage. More information on Flor de Caña is available on Wikipedia.

Latin America: Sixth Annual Weblog Awards

  23 January 2006

Panamanian chef, Melissa De Leon has been selected as a finalist in the best Latin American weblog category of the “2006 Bloggies.” Other finalists in the Latin America category include Bestiaria, Motel de Moka, Ponchorama, and Guyana Gyal. Congratulations to all.

Peru: Presidential Candidate, Ollanta Humala

  23 January 2006

Un Lobo en Perú profiles Peruvian presidential candidate, Ollanta Humala whose popularity among registered voters has soared in recent months. Maxwell A. Cameron writes that Humala has been implicated in human rights abuses which took place in 1992.

Venezuela: World Social Forum, Day 1

  23 January 2006

Venepoetics translates an opinion piece by Oswaldo Barreto in which he expresses his bewilderment that fellow social activists around the world are coming to Venezuela in solidarity with Chávez while speaking out against tyranny. Katy adds on some sarcastic annotations to an O Globo introduction to the Forum. Solana Larsen...

African Renaissance: Challenges

  23 January 2006

Africa Unchained points to a review of “African Renaissance: Roadmaps to the Challenge of Globalization” by Fantu Cheru….Africa’s dependence on foreign aid, he says, has done the opposite of its claimed mission, but in fact has been used to keep Africa’s people disempowered through the support of dictatorships and undemocratic...

South Africa: Africa source II

  23 January 2006

Linuxchix Africa reports on Africa Source II recently held in Kampala, Uganda….”Africa Source II focussed on how technology, in particular Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) can be integrated into the project work of NGO's.”

South Africa: reflections of a poet

  23 January 2006

South African poet blogger, the Imperfect Poet, reflects on his ability and evolution as a poet and writer….At the heart of this epiphany is that, for me to comfortably call myself a poet and a writer, I need to delve deeper into my forms of choice and create context from...

Nigeria: Legislators

  23 January 2006

Grandiose Parlour asks some serious questions of Nigerian legislators in the light of the decision to close down the Tinapa Tourist Resort project due to violence in the Niger Delta…….”Are elected representatives accessible to their people that voted them in? Do representatives hold regular consultation with their constituents? Do representatives...

Kenya: Africa Cup of Nations

  23 January 2006

MentalAcrobatics also comments on the Africa Cup of Nations asking us to place our bets now for the outcome of the World cup to be played in Germany in July….”no one, least of all football pundits and “experts”, know what to expect from the African teams at the World Cup...

Kenya: Apathy is poison

  23 January 2006

Kenyan blogger Gukira comments on the ills of being apathetic and accepting defeat…”Apathy kills. It destroys the soul. It wounds the spirit. It leaves us limping in fields where the grass grows high, the sun blinds, and we need our collective strength”.

Indonesia: Removing Bad Air

  23 January 2006

The Lucretius Plan catches malaria on the island of Flores, Indonesia. Finding little by way of Western medicine, he goes to a local healer who massages him to release the bad wind.

Zimbabwe: Learning Chinese

  23 January 2006

The Bearded Man provides his daily roundup of Zimbabwe which includes a report that the government intends to impose Mandarin on Zimbabwean university students.…..”Now, given that Sindebele, Shona or English are serious tongue twisters depending on where you originate from and grew up, I envisage that Chinese will cause more...

Philippines: Boxing Victory

  23 January 2006

The main topic among Philippine blogs this past weekend was the victorious knockout of Mexican boxer Erik Morales by Filipino Manny Pacquiao. Clickmomukhamo writes a (close-to-literal) blow-by-blow account of the match.

Afghan Whispers

  23 January 2006

There is a new Afghan blog which promotes peace and non violence in the world. In Afghan Peacemakers we read : The concept of non-violence as a method of change is new to Afghanistan. We know two ways to deal with injustice; fight it or tolerance, the second option was...

Singapore: Fragile State?

  23 January 2006

A Xeno Boy in Sg posts a meditation on a quote from a government minister, who predicted dire consequences if the public supported an opposition party's proposal to scrap the country's ethnic integration policies. He writes: “When the notion that “racial harmony will be destroyed” is invoked in this manner...

Taiwan: Read It and ::>_<::

  23 January 2006

In Taiwan, many are upset about the appearance of Internet slang in questions on the all-important college exam. Pinyin News explains what some mean, including ::>_

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