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7 February 2006

Stories from 7 February 2006

Venezuela: Pro-Chavez March

  7 February 2006

Both Oil Wars and Luigino Bracci Roa have pictures and analysis of Saturday's pro-Chavez march commemorating his coup attempt back in 1992. Daniel Duquenal, posting a comic, calls Chavez's recent attacks of calls for a coup hypocritical.

Kyrgyzstan: Angry Pilgrims

  7 February 2006

Ben Paarmann writes about the controversy surrounding Kyrgyzstan's allocated positions for the Hajj this year and the troubles facing the Kyrgyz pilgrims that were lucky enough to get a spot on the trip.

Belarus Opposition and the Internet

  7 February 2006

br23 blog discusses the increasing use of the Internet by the Belarusian oppostion, as well as the problem of censorship, which will, no doubt, grow more and more serious with the approach of the March 17 presidential election.

Peru: Rural Farmers Podcasting

  7 February 2006

X-Blog describes (ES) an article which appeared in the BBC about rural Peruvian farmers in Cajamarca who are producing informative podcasts on cattle-raising husbandry and dairy production.

China, Taiwan: Animal Talk

  7 February 2006

Pinyin News goes from discussing an article about how birds can distinguish between Japanese and Mandarin Chinese to China's announcement that it was teaching Taiwanese to pandas it wants to donate to Taiwan.

Philippines: After the Stampede

  7 February 2006

Filipino bloggers continue to be focused on the tragic deaths last weekend of over 70 people during a stampede in a crowd waiting to get into a popular TV game show. Divergent Poles has the weepy statements of the game show host, a TV network exec and the country's vice-president...

Singapore, Denmark: On Those Cartoons

  7 February 2006

Singapore-based bloggers share their thoughts on the Danish cartoons controversy. Read The annotated budak, Singabloodypore, and Sadiq Alam for a variety of viewpoints.

North Korea: Negotiating with the Non-Engaged

  7 February 2006

The DPRK Studies Blog talks about what makes negotiating with North Korea so difficult: “the cult aspect of the regime is THE limiting factor as to how much engagement Pyongyang can handle, which turns out to be not much.”

Taiwan: Show of Hand Puppets

  7 February 2006

Taiwanonymous comments on the arrival on a cable network of an English adaptation of a Taiwanese hand-puppet show series: a kind of puppet show for adults. He writes: “The Taiwanese have been able to get their heads around this concept, and there must be an interesting story as to how...

Vietnam: Development Paradox

  7 February 2006

Our Man in Hanoi discusses his ambivalence at being a development worker, working to change a country they love just as it is: “A friend who worked with an ethnic group in a far flung corner of Vietnam told me that visiting tourists had started to complain that the traditional...

Jamaica: Happy Birthday, Bob!

  7 February 2006

Leon reminds us that Bob Marley would have celebrated his 61st birthday yesterday. Happy belated birthday, Bob, from all of us at Global Voices!

Guyana: Journalist's funeral

  7 February 2006

MediaCritic congratulates Guyana's Stabroek News for telling the unvarnished truth about the funeral of controversial journalist Ronald Waddell.

Barbados: In the news

  7 February 2006

Titlayo links to two newspaper articles, one reporting that Barbados's fertility rates have fallen to record levels and another identifying the existence of “crytpo-racism” in the country.

Brazil: Bonfim Ribbon

  7 February 2006

Sangroncito explains the Fita do Bonfim (The Bonfim Ribbon), a small piece of ribbon which Soteropolitanos (citizens of Salvador) tie three times around their wrist, making a wish on each knot. Legend says the wishes will come true when the bracelet falls apart months later, but be warned: “If you...

Congolese Blogger Ben-Clet Decries Swearing Politician

  7 February 2006

Over at the group effort Le Blog du Congolais, Congolese blogger Ben-Clet deplores the ethics of Congolese Vice-President Abdoulaye Yerodia who recenty insulted two political rivals (Pierre Pay Pay and Etienne Tshisekedi ) during a live television broadcast: “Arming yourself with Lingala, one of 4 national languages, you tried to...

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