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1 February 2006

Stories from 1 February 2006

The Week That Was – Bolivian Blogs

1 February 2006

Few knew quite what to expect during President Evo Morales’ first week in office. After the worldwide attention of the inauguration had settled, proposed policy decisions would draw the attention and critique from some of the bloggers. Undoubtedly many of the new policies are very different from previous administrations and...

Argentina: More Free, Creative Commons Music

1 February 2006

Fernando Casale reviews the album (ES), “Eleven Songs Written in the Bathroom” by Argentine singer, Esteban Gómez whose project, Madreocéano (Mother Ocean) has its own weblog and website where the the entire Creative Commons-licensed album is freely available for download. Sebas leaves a comment on Casale's review lamenting the fact...

Argentina, Spain: Blogs and Translation

1 February 2006

Martin Varsavsky, an Argentinean living in Spain, explains why he has six blogs in two different languages. He then adds, “I rarely translate my blogs. I don´t believe in translation. I believe in cultures and I say raise different issues in different languages; something that frequently annoys my Spanish readers...

Chile: Streets Open to Bicycles

1 February 2006

Chilean citizen journalist, Ramiro Octavio Garcia Strohm describes the mixed reactions to Chile's recent car-free day of recreation. The festival, copied from a similar event in Colombia, is known as “Ciclorecreovia” and closes streets to cars in favor of bicycles.

From the African Union Summit to Darfur—Musings about Sudan

1 February 2006

The 6th African Union (AU) summit took place in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum from 16-24 January 2004. Key on the agenda was who should succeed the Nigerian president as the next African Union chairperson. Tradition dictates that the leader of the host country should become the next chairperson. However,...

Trinidad & Tobago: Faux-Westminster

1 February 2006

In the aftermath of the Blair government's humiliating defeat over a bill to combat religious hatred, Jonathan Ali compares Trinidad & Tobago's political system with that of Great Britain, calling the former “a faux-Westminster system of government”.

Iran: Dead End?

1 February 2006

Mr. Behi, Iran based blogger, writes ” I do not like to write about this nuclear stuff that much because news and media are doing so a lot. I never loved war because I saw a missile exploded 500m from my apartment killing one of my best friends, I was...

China: Exporting Language

1 February 2006

What's China's hottest export? Language! says Horse's Mouth. “I always laugh to myself when I speak with fellow business majors and they tell me they're studying a language such as French or Italian for their required second language. What's the point?” Chinese is the tongue of the future.

Taiwan: The World is Not That

1 February 2006

Michael Turton picks apart global know-it-all Thomas Friedman's myths, mistaken conclusions and mischaracterizations of Taiwan so as to shoehorn it into his popular theories. “Friedman's uninformed screed highlights a desperate need for newspapers to draw on the writing of recognized experts in their fields, and more importantly, for academics to...

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