20 March 2006

Stories from 20 March 2006

The Caribbean blogosphere does Phagwah

  20 March 2006

A chowtal group performs at the Phagwah celebrations in Trinidad. By Nicholas Laughlin In the Caribbean, the Hindu spring festival of Holi is more commonly known by its Bhojpuri name of Phagwah. This past week, Hindus in the Caribbean celebrated Phagwah, with non-Hindus like Caribbean Free Radio also taking part...

Thailand: BlogconThai 2006

  20 March 2006

BlogCon Thailand 2006, the first blogger meeting that discuss Weblogs, Online Information and Collaboration Thailand was successfully held on Sunday, 19 March 2006

  20 March 2006

Francis Wade writes a thoughtful post on Jamaica's “greatest export” — the country's “creative class”.

Cuba: The Bicitaxi

  20 March 2006

Zenia pays tribute (ES) to a great Cuban invention: the “bicitaxi”. “A ride in a bicitaxi can be very folkloric, as en route the passenger can get the latest news on black market prices, the quality of electrical goods. . . .”

Barbados, USA: Historical ties

  20 March 2006

A note from an English subscriber inspires Linda to write about the ties between Colonial Barbados and America before and during the American Revolution.

Brazil: Bïa

  20 March 2006

Aquarelas was introduced to the polyglot Brazilian singer, Bïa by a nifty radio device on the weblog of Michele Aurelio.

Bolivia: One Night in Cochabamba and Carnival in La Paz

  20 March 2006

Jim Shultz hands over Blog from Bolivia to guest author Christina Haglund who describes a night out in Cochabamba. The post has generated a lot of critical comments regarding Haglund's description of eating chewing coca leaf. Nick Buxton, meanwhile, invites his flatmate, Juliette to post about Carnival in La Paz.

Argentina: Mate

  20 March 2006

Santiago explains the etymology, social etiquette, and history of that most famous Argentine infusion, mate.

Belarus: March 20 Rally Notes (9)

  20 March 2006

LJ user lipski writes (RUS) that two groups of around 1,000 people total remain on the square: one group guards the electricity generator and audio equipment, another is by the tents. People who are leaving the square individually, not in groups, are said to be arrested outside the square.

What Salvadoran bloggers are saying — post-election edition

  20 March 2006

El Salvador held elections on Sunday, March 12, and almost every Salvadoran blogger has had something to say about the process. The elections saw ARENA make gains in the national legislature while the FMLN held its own. ARENA also made gains in controlling the mayor's office in many cities. But...

Belarus: March 20 Rally Notes (8)

  20 March 2006

br23 blog reports hundreds of riot police units stationed in the backyards of the buildings adjacent to Oktyabrskaya Sq. The protesters, however, are determined to stay “until the new election date is set, in July.” LJ user samuel_smith writes (RUS) that cars with drinking water and food for the protesters...

Belarus: March 20 Rally Notes (6)

  20 March 2006

LJ user maty reports (BEL): “Milinkevich has had negotiations with the police. The police has allowed people to stay at the square. People are chanting “Police With the People” and are setting up tents. Maidan begins.”

Belarus: March 20 Rally Notes (5)

  20 March 2006

LJ user lipski reports (RUS) that the riot police demand to turn off the music playing at the square at 11 p.m.; opposition leaders have agreed. People are still encouraged to spend the night at the square. A representative from Mogilyov said that regional delegations are expected to arrive in...

Belarus: March 20 Rally Notes (4)

  20 March 2006

Opposition leaders have declared the March 19 election a coup and are demanding to cancel the results, reported lipski (RUS) a while ago. Also, Milinkevich has asked everyone to stay at the square overnight and all day tomorrow.