Stories from 22 March 2006
Este artículo también está disponible en español. At the World Water Forum, Bolivia took a position that water should be guaranteed as a fundamental human right. Along with three other Latin American countries, the new Bolivian Water Minister also lobbied to keep water privatization from being included in free trade...
Fernando Casale features Holy, an experimental Argentinean musician living in Spain. As always, songs are available for download.
In a comprehensive analysis of the recent elections, U.S-El Salvador Sister Cities argues that on “an objective level, it is important to signal the breakdown of the institutionality of these elections, beginning with campaigns that kicked off far before the stipulated start dates, woeful disorganization on election day (indelible ink...
Brian Campbell has an inside look at the impressive list of poets who will be attending the fifth annual Costa Rican International Festival of Poetry, which will take place from May 27 to June 4.
Luís Afonso Assumpção says things aren't looking good for Economy Minister Antônio Palocci.
Stacy-Marie Ishmael riffs on the fact that the Trinidad & Tobago Football Federation has outsourced the country's “official” World Cup song to “two guys from Leeds”, and other Trinbagonian ironies.
ClaudeMills.com tackles the subject of the sexual harrassment of men in Jamaica in an article which quotes business consultants, a psychologist and at least one potential victim who says, “I know what it is like for a woman to shower unwanted attention, but I don’t think a Jamaican man would...
Stunner previews the Jamaica Carnival celebrations, which has many people attending “soca-robics” sessions to get in shape.
In a week focused on the past, Robert Wright recounts his trip to an exhibit at the Centro Cultural Recoleta on the dictatorship from 1976 to 1983. “The idea is that by examining the past in detail, it will never happen again.”
Leon wonders why the 18th Commonwealth Games aren't getting more media attention. “Is it because the mighty U.S is not involved, since the Commonwealth games only include former territories of Britain? (But wait, America is a former territory of Britain!).”
VSO intern Michiyo gets to spend some time in a Makushi Amerindian village in Guyana's Rupununi region, and experience first-hand the community's efforts at running an eco-resort. As usual, she also offers a Japanese translation (JA) of her post.
A miniskirt almost upsets the matchmaking plans of Guyana-gyal's Auntie M.
GlowMain features Venezuelan drum and bass DJ, Aureliano Alarcón Smith, also known as DUBB (ES). A download of a live set is available.
The Limey has a bit of fun at the expense of the promoter of an awards ceremony to which Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Halle Berry and others were allegedly invited.
For much of the tech-centered, Spanish-speaking blogosphere, Meibell (ES) is most well known as the wife of veteran, Venezuelan-turned-New-Yorker blogger, Sebastian Delmont. But Liz Henry says that Meibell is taking charge with a call to Venezuelan mommy bloggers based in Caracas. A similar blog mom meetup takes place in Buenos...
Ivan Lenin at Rush-Mush translates a Belarusian LJ user's eloquent explanation of what the protest in Minsk is about: “The current resistance is a note of protest. A revolution probably won't happen. But there is a hope that the authorities will remember the tents on the square, next time they...
br23 blog sums up the fourth day of the protest in Minsk and links to a Radio Open Source talk show on Belarus, in which he took part yesterday.
Oleksandr at Messages From Canada discusses Ukrainian president's inadequate response to the fraudulent election in Belarus.
LJ user samuel_smith posts photos from a rally (RUS) that took place in front of the Belarusian embassy in Kyiv today. The protesters mocked the recent election in Belarus by casting ballots that had no alternative candidates on them, thus giving Aleksandr Lukashenko 183% of the vote. They also went...
Rajan Rishyakaran recently got his exam results back. That got him writing about the differences between the Singapore and Malaysian systems of education. Singapore's is highly competitive and meritocratic while Malaysia's has affirmative racial discrimination.
A Xeno Boy in SG tells a little fable about how Singapore's threatening diversity was domesticated and coopted. “The city mimicked democracy, mimicked prosperity, mimicked diversity, mimicked lives. It was a wonderful performance. And the City became the City of Laughter.”