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15 March 2006

Stories from 15 March 2006

The Week That Was – Bolivian Blogs

Fresh off some historic accomplishments such as the approval of two important laws in Congress, the convocation of the Constituent Assembly and another to finalize the Referendum for Autonomy, Bolivia...

Mongolia: New Political Party

Shards of Mongolia notes that Mongolia is one political party richer.

Caucasus: Education

At young caucasus women, young women from Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Armenia discuss issues related to education in their countries.

Kyrgyzstan: Revolution Day

The Golden Road to Samarqand reports on the planning of festivities to mark the first anniversary of Kyrgyzstan's revolution, in which protests caused the collapse of Askar Akaev's government.

Armenia: Progress

Zarchka reports that there are small signs of progress in the music played on Armenian transit.

Colombia: Election Analysis

Adam Isacson has eight observations on the results of Colombia's Sunday elections.

Argentina: Buenos Aires in 3D

Argentine media professor, Julian Gallo posts slides (ES) of a 3D overlay of Buenos Aires for Google Earth created by architecture student, Ezequiel Galotti.

Ecuador: Protests Against Free Trade

Protests have engulfed Ecuador, prompting the resignation of interior minister, Alfredo Castillo and leaving Lisa wondering how she will get from Latacunga to Quito.

Bolivia, Peru, Colombia: Coca

A small Andean plant which was once used to flavor Coca-Cola, continues to make waves across the Western Hemisphere. Niko Kyriakou, writing from Caracas, describes the cultural and legal differences...

Peru: Humala Bounces Back in New Polls

Both Leftside and Justin Delacour mention leftist presidential candidate, Ollanta Humala's recent bounce-back in pre-election polls. Fabiola Bazo quotes pollster Alfredo Torres in saying that whichever candidate is able to...

Mexico: Oil Discovered Off Veracruz Coast

Arturo de Albornoz of Olganza describes a new reserve of oil (ES) discovered in deep waters off the coast of Veracruz. Chris of Cuaderno Latinoamericano says that the find is...

Russia: Train Rides

Tim Newman of White Sun of the Desert writes about a typical train journey in Russia: boiled eggs and endless conversations are the most common features. Also, for a male...

Belarus: “Denim Revolution” Unlikely to Succeed

Sean Guillory guest-blogs at Publius Pundit on the upcoming election in Belarus: current president Aleksandr Lukashenko, opposition leader Aleksandr Milinkevich, opposition youth group “Zubr” – and the unlikeliness of another...

DRC: Missing Opposition Party Members

UDPS Liege, the blog of the Liege chapter of opposition party UDPS reports (FR) that some UDPS members have been missing since a peaceful demonstration the party held Friday in...

Commonwealth Games

Regan liveblogs the Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games, which took place last night in Melbourne, Australia.

DRC: Philippe Liondjo Urges UDPS Leader to Officialize Candidacy

Renouveau Congolaisand Le Blog du Congolais post (FR) letters by Banacongo member Philippe Liondjo urging opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi to register his presidential candidacy by the March 23 deadline. The...

DRC: Shots of Kinshasa and East Kasai

Renouveau Congolais posts (FR) pictures of the poorly maintained streets of Kinshasa, the DRC's capital. Poster wonders whether the current transitional government will deliver on its promise to turn Kinshasa...

Japan: Out of the tunnel

Miyakonojo takes note of the lengthening spring days, and the shortening weeks until his wedding day. “Over the last ten days the glow of the center of our solar system...

China: An Altaic legend

Musing Under the Tenement Palm tracks down the source of a commonly reported “factoid” that China claimed to have invented skiing on the basis of ancient Altaic cave-paintings of Stone-Age...

China: Massage Milk blunder

ESWN has a chortle over a Chinese media report which gloats over the ease with which Massage Milk and Milk Pig kidded Western media into thinking they had been the...

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