6 March 2006

Stories from 6 March 2006

Colombia: Happy Birthday Gabo

  6 March 2006

John Guzman wishes Gabriel José García Márquez a happy birthday as the Colombian author turns 78 today. Both Morgan Burton and Zarela Morales list Gabriel Garcia Marquez as one of their favorite authors.

Costa Rica: Solís Recognizes Defeat

  6 March 2006

Bob Glass posts that Otton Solís has thrown in the towel, guaranteeing Oscar Arias victory in the close presidential election. The majority of commenters on elecciones2006.com agree (ES) that it was time for Solís to admit defeat.

Bolivia: Consensus on Constituent Assembly Reached

  6 March 2006

Boli-Nica emphasizes the push for autonomy by the region of Santa Cruz as Evo Morales pushes through a Constituent Assembly. A consensus on the Assembly was indeed reached and Eduardo Ávila says departmental percentages will favor larger cities (such as Santa Cruz). Miguel Buitrago has his own analysis of the...

Venezuela: The Bolivarian Revolution Abroad

  6 March 2006

Guest blogger, Jorge Arena details a visit to Washington D.C. by a pro-Chavez delegation from Venezuela. The National Solidarity Conference, which took place at George Washington University, inspired a critical opinion piece by Stephen Johnson in the Washington Times, but Jorge Martin of Hands Off Venezuela says that Johnson is...

Argentina: Rivadavia Museum/Museo Rivadavia

  6 March 2006

Roberto Bobrow adds his support to a campaign started by Paterna of Aguas Fuertes to save the Argentinian Museum of Natural Sciences. The museum has been under criticism since eight tons of fossiles – originating from the museum – were found by authorities in the United States. Museoforo (ES), a...

Afghan Whispers: Citizens, Herat & Economy

Sohrab Kabuli talks about social class differences in Kabul. He says that the Afghan President says citizens are secure in Kabul. Kabuli says if citizens are people who are running NGOs or national or international institutes with high salaries, holidays in Dubai or Tajikistan and with real comfort at home...

Caribbean: Proverbs, anyone?

  6 March 2006

Fun and games over at the blog of Caribbean-born sci-fi writer Nalo Hopkinson, as she asks readers for suggestions of Caribbean proverbs.

Ukraine: Rinat Akhmetov and Freedom of the Press

Rinat Akhmetov, one of Ukraine's richest men, is running for parliament now; an online publication attempts to dig into his past; Akhmetov's U.S. lawyers accuse the publication of “spreading slanderous statements and blackening their client's name.” LEvko at Foreign Notes watches how the story develops.

Indonesia: Football Sponsorship

  6 March 2006

Yosef Ardi has been following the efforts of Putera Sampoerna, a local tycoon who made his money off cigarettes, to place the logo of his new online gambling venture Mansion on the backs of English team Manchester United.

Malaysia: Oil Man

  6 March 2006

KTemoc Konsiders combines an old tale of a 1950s rapist who smeared his body with grease to elude capture (soon to be made into a major motion picture) with contemporary concerns about the rising price of fuel.

Philippines: Cappucino Revolutionaries

  6 March 2006

An oppositionist group's “Black Friday” protest against Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo – which involved wearing black, buying a drink, and hanging out at a local Starbucks – has earned ridicule from Filipino bloggers. Walk this Way asks: “You're spending HOW MUCH for a stupid drink in order to show...

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