Stories from 21 March 2006
India: Arranged Marriage of another kind
Just a little something, on a new service called MarryGold, which says – “‘Marrygold’ intends to help professionals above 25years of age, who do not have much time to focus on finding partners for marriage.”
India: Why Commonwealth?
In the context of the Commonwealth games, Karmadude looks up the history of Commonwealth and isn't too sure why India should be a part of this any longer.
Bahas on the prevalent forms of racism in Nepal - “Racism in Nepal particularly affects members of the Dalit and indigenous as well as refugees and other ethnic communities.caste-based discrimination has been recognized as a critical problem worldwide, with particular impact in South Asia.”
Nepal: No Justice
United We Blog! reports – “In a bizarre case, policemen arrested a justice-seeking policeman from the library of Kantipur Publications”
Pakistan: Navroz celebrations
Raheel wishes his readers a happy Navroz and talks of the rich tradition of the day, and the way it is celebrated.
Cuba: World Baseball Classic
Blogging from Havana, Cuba, Ernesto commiserates with his homeland over their loss to Japan in the final of the World Baseball Classic, but also notes the silver lining: “two island nations rewriting a game invented in North America, and giving a lesson of courage and team work.”
Trinidad & Tobago: Not in Chaguaramas
The Trinidad & Tobago government's proposal to locate low-income housing on Trinidad's north-western peninsula is a bad idea, says Francomenz, in a well-documented post on the matter.
Haiti: “Shacking up” with America
Alice Backer links to an article on the new realities of US immigration which helped her understand how Haitian-born hip-hop star Wyclef Jean was able to vote in the recent Haitian elections: “it turns out he's shacked up, not married, to America”.
Chilean Art through Blogs
Víctor Castillo s art work Chilean artists are discovering blogs as a way to introduce their work in Chile and in new markets. Bitacora del Artista (ES), is a blog that has a selection of Chilean modern artists. All fields of art are included. Tropicaltoxic posts about illustrations, Sergio Lay...
Belarus: Coverage of Belarus by the Western Media
br23 blog reports on the coverage of the events in Minsk by the Western media: CNN is doing a good job, but the Russian-language EuroNews’ coverage is full of distortions, as usual. Also, the German foreign minister says “there should be a dialog with Alexander Lukashenka (!)”
Belarus: Opposition Leaders Break Up
Ivan Lenin of Rush-Mush comments on the recent breakup between the two opposition leaders, Milinkevich and Kozulin: “Milinkevich has got a wonderful opportunity to create a change, thanks to the courage of the thousands Belarusians who braved the very real threats from Luka and the cold; the tens of thousands...
Images from Venezuela: From Bolívar Avenue
“Desde la Av. Bolívar” by Guillermo Amador Bograd The main bridge of the Caracas La Guaïra highway wasn't the only thing to fall down on Sunday. More than 1,500 Venezuelans dropped their drawers for American photographer Spencer Tunick who has been capturing large groups of naked volunteers in major cities...
DRC at a Boiling Point
Over at UDPS Liege, blogger J. Kayembe Tshipamba lists (FR) all the reasons why he believes the DRC is headed towards an era reminiscent of the Mobutu years: free speech issues as evidenced by the repressed March 10 opposition protest; the presence of Rwandan mercenaries; the parcelling of the DRC...
Cayman Islands: Grammar
Fed up with the quality of the writing in his comment thread, Cayblogger urges the people of the Cayman Islands “to unite in your indignation of all things grammatically incorrect, and stand up against the scourge of poor grammar”.
Barbados: A Caribbean education
Barbados Free Press links to an article which states that British children of Caribbean heritage are being sent back to Barbados to be educated.
Bahamas: The great land rush
As “the biggest sell-off of Bahamian land in history” takes place, Sir Arthur Foulkes recalls some earlier efforts at land development and speculation by both Bahamians and foreigners.
Voices from Central Asia and the Caucasus
Lunch – by Dushanbe Pictures, Erik Petersson, 2006 With that fresh portion of Tajik plov on your plate, we bid you welcome to the latest roundup of the Central Asian and Caucasian blogosphere, brought to you bi-weekly by neweurasia. First off, apologies for the delay in presenting this week's edition...
Iranian New Year
Today Iranian all over the world will celebrate NEW YEAR (1385), Norouz. It is fascinating to see that many bloggers remember political prisoners, blogger or not. Two Iranian reformist politicians & bloggers, Mostafa Moin & Mohammad Ali Abtahi, just posted a short happy New Year message on their blogs. Moin...
Aruba: The value of Lent
Though not a Catholic, ArubaGirl still appreciates the value of Lent as a period of rest and reflection after the frenzy of Carnival. Among her compatriots, however, she notes an increasing indifference towards observing the season.
Caribbean/Latin America: Two architectures
Jon at Posthegemony posts two architectural analyses: one on “an architecture designed to repel nomads”, also known as forts, and another on architecture designed to attract them, in this particular case, the Internationalist-style Caribe Hilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
DRC: Street kids
Adventures of a Retired Armchair Traveller reports on street kids in Kinshasa and points to an article which writes that the children are…”being beaten, abused, starved, thrown out of their homes which brings all the hardships and dangers of living on the street, at least in part because fear of...