8 March 2006

Stories from 8 March 2006

Uzbekistan: Musical Tradition

On his own blog, Nick Walmsley writes about one of Uzbekistan's best known classical singers who strictly sticks to tradition. Part of this includes a heavy emphasis on the master-apprentice relationship and an unwillingness to give in to commercial pressures.


Wow, it's Wednesday again, with school and several threatening comments on my personal blog today I almost forgot. But don't worry dear readers, I am here to give you your weekly fix of Kurdish blogs! For a quick update on last week's column, I had reported about a blog site...

Caucasus: Anything New?

The United States claims to have a new approach to development aid to the states of the southern Caucasus. Marianna Gurtovnik examines the approach and asks how new it really is.

Colombia: Trafficking of Women

  8 March 2006

On this International Women's Day, John Guzman is saddened that when you search for “Colombian women” on the internet, the majority of results are “buy a bride” websites. Juan Gratinaiano Lopez reminds (ES) readers to “not see women only as a sexual object, but rather like human beings with great...

Belize: Local elections results

  8 March 2006

Melody reports that Belize's opposition party captured the majority of seats in two cities and seven towns in local elections held yesterday, “handing the ruling Peoples United Party its first electoral defeat in ten years”.

Trinidad & Tobago, UK: Pretend Carnival fete

  8 March 2006

Franka P. and her London friends pay homage to “that staple of Trinidad Carnival – the All Inclusive Fete” by organizing the “Carnival Saddos Pretend All Inclusive Fete”. Everything turns out fine — except the doubles.

Trinidad & Tobago: Trini to the bone?

  8 March 2006

“Why should not being native born mark one apart from the Trini born among us who have the nation's welfare at heart?” asks Jonathan Ali, riffing off a journalist's description of two organizers of an exhibition on a Trinidadian icon.

Brazil: Overmundo

  8 March 2006

Made in Brazil introduces Overmundo, a collaborative news site meant to “promote Brazilian culture in a democratic way over the web.” All content is Creative Commons-licensed and can be syndicated with RSS feeds. In addition to text, the site also offers audio and video files which can be downloaded.

Central & Eastern Europe: International Women's Day

March 8 has been an official day off in Russia and Ukraine, and here are some bloggers’ reactions to the holiday – in Russia and Ukraine, as well as elsewhere in Central and Eastern Europe. Scott W. Clark of Foreign Notes, a Kyiv-based blog, is not happy about the universality...

The Week That Was – Bolivian Blogs

  8 March 2006

This article was written by Rolando Lopez from Rocko Weblog. This article originally appeared in the Bolivian blog community site Blogs de Bolivia. The original Spanish version can be found here. Bolivia, Blogs and Music Whether it is watching the birth of a new album, providing insight into what it...

Indonesia: Investment Ironies

  8 March 2006

Yosef Ardi points out that Indonesia's government makes it difficult for foreign investors (but not creditors) to do business in the country. “If we couldn't trust foreign investors (FDI) and the government who invited them in the first place can't protect their existence, why the cabinet should waste their time...

Malaysia: Absence of Choice

  8 March 2006

Mack Zulkifli at Brand New Malaysian writes about the irony of politicians and bureaucrats telling those hit by recent fuel price increases to “change their lifestyles.” Many politicos have drivers and government cars to ferry them around. “These people do not have to change their lifestyles. They can afford not...

Philippines: A New Voice

  8 March 2006

On Feb. 27, in the wake of demonstrations calling for the overthrow Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Filipino blogger Bong Austero wrote a post called an “Open Letter to Our Leaders” in which he expressed his frustration and anger at opposition leaders’ grab for power. “You know why?,” he wrote....

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