Stories from 20 February 2006
As per usual, African women have blogged about a variety of issues over the last week. Incidences of violence are rising in Uganda as the country prepares to hold general elections next week. Black Looks writes about the volatile situation in the country and highlights the violations of human rights...
travel-itch visits a Buddhist crematorium in Cambodia: “It looked like most Southeast Asian temples: walls of whitewashed concrete topped with curlicues of gilt plasterwork, and shiny bas reliefs jutting out from dark-painted surfaces. But there was a large pile of wizened-looking logs next to it.”
Sarapan Ekonomi critiques John Perkins, author of Confessions of an Economic Hitman: “His self declared crime — inflating the forecast of electrical demand to force Indonesia into bankruptcy — has turned into an important engine of Indonesia’s economic growth since the early 1970s.”
Colors of Life contrasts the sentences in two murder cases in Malaysia: one involving a lover's quarrel, another involving inflamed passions over harsh words. Both were emotional crimes, yet why did the perpetrators of the latter get lighter sentences?
Torn and frayed in Manila reflects on two disasters that have recently hit the Philippines: a stampede at a game show that killed over 70 people and a mudslide that smothered possibly thousands.
All U Can Eat Buffet discusses MILO, a drink made from chocolate-flavored powder that children all over Southeast Asia have grown to love. He's found at least two types: one made in Malaysia, which is sweeter, and one from Australia, which is creamier.
A Daily Dose of Words ridicules a Financial Times travel writer who described inhaling “the smell of mint, of jasmine and perfume” on stepping out of Bangkok's Don Muang airport. Exhaust fumes, perhaps, he and his commenters point out. But no, no herbs and flowers.
Erwin C. and Andres Duque both write about the murder of a transgender woman and the Guatemalan police officers who have been implicated in the case.
an eventful week in Bahrain.. but we've ALMOST moved away from "the cartoons"...
India: The IAS
Afflicted Yard links to an anti-crime rap song recorded by Jamaican Senior Superintendent of Police Renato Adams.
Molara Wood reports on an evening in Lagos celebrating Nigerian writer, Chinweizu, co-author of Toward The Decolonisation of African Literature…….”Chinweizu was billed to and delivered a lecture on LUGARDISM AND THE PROSPECT OF AFRICAN POWER which ranged over the usual Chinweizu territory – but more concerned about the survival of...
Sitting in an Internet cafe, with the electricity out and a generator running, David Sheern of David in Albania comes up with Albanian Trivia Quiz. Answers provided at the end of the post.
¡Pura Vida! posts about the 2,000 doctors and 20,000 health workers currently on strike in Managua, noting that “the average doctor here makes around $300 a month.”
Fabiola Bazo has a hyperlinked and bilingual analysis of inequality as an election issue as Peruvians get ready to head to the polls.
Analyzing Hugo Chavez's recent proposal of amending the constitution to allow for his indefinite re-election, Oil Wars calls it a tactic to force the opposition to participate in the upcoming elections which they have threatened to boycott. Miguel Octavio, however, argues that the amendment “would essentially fulfill Chavez’ autocratic ambition...
Guyana Diaspora profiles nu-soul singer Nhojj, and Guyana-gyal muses on love and “‘bout old people, imagining how it must feel for some o’ them.”
Don Ray got exclusive permission to photograph the newest mega-supermarket in Panama's northern city of David.
Afromusing comments on the depleted forest lands of Kenya and the need to replant trees. Would you be willing to spend $5 to replant trees? If so contact Afromusing.
Sangroncito describes the preparation that has gone into Salvador's Carnaval and says that today feels like the “Calm Before Carnaval.” Mama Lisa posts an English translation of a Brazilian folk song about the Carnival called “Mama Paquita.” Made in Brazil has a picture of U2 fans camping out for tonight's...
Iriepeople.com publishes a recipe for Escovitch Fish, while Can Cook Must, Cook hunts for a good roti in London and reviews a new Caribbean cookbook.