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30 March 2006

Stories from 30 March 2006

El Salvador: Dollars and Donuts

Rob Mercatante, usually based in Guatemala, just got back from a trip to El Salvador. Here are his reflections on dollarization and donuts.

Costa Rica: Global IT Ranking

Uri Ridelman notes that Costa Rica lost eight places in global IT ranking according to the World Economic Forum. Costa Rica was ranked below El Salvador and Panama, but above...

Brazil: Brazil's First Man In Space

Made in Brazil explains why 43-year-old astronaut Marcos Pontes was on the front page of all Brazilian papers today.

Bolivia: “Battle at the Cochabamba Airport”

Eduardo Ávila is covering a developing story at Jorge Wilstermann airport in Cochabamba, where workers of the airline Lloyd Aereo Boliviano are demanding that the indebted airline be nationalized. Writing...

Argentina: Indie Online Radio

unaRadio is an online radio station based in Argentina which describes itself as “a free medium to distribute the work of independent artists in Spanish and other languages.” You can...

Latin America: Top Sports Blogs

Bar Deportes lists the top thirty sports blogs according to Alexa (ES). They nearly all focus on football.

Mongolia: Reporter in Court

Luke Distelhorst writes about the case of a journalist in Mongolia being taken to court for slander by the country's president and says that the country would greatly benefit from...

Kazakhstan: Wedding

Betsy, author of Stanmenistan, writes about Kazakh weddings.

Georgia: Ethnic Tensions

Raffi K. of Life in Armenia writes about tensions in Georgia between ethnic Georgians and ethnic Armenians.

Kyrgyzstan: Wireless Broadband

David Read, a blogger in Bishkek, writes about the trials and tribulations of getting a wireless broadband connection in Kyrgyzstan.

Armenia: Eclipse

Nessuna writes about seeing yesterday's eclipse from Armenia and posts to some photos and local online discussions.

Belarus: Prison Journal

Ivan Lenin at Rush-Mush links to an English translation of a Belarusian protestor's jail journal. (Written by LJ user forion in Belarusian, translated by LJ user kapitan-tanaka.)

Poland: Singer Turned Politician Tired of Politics

The beatroot writes about a 56-year-old Polish rock musician turned politician and the problems he's facing. “After making a lot of money over the years, he must have got bored...

Russia: Xenophobia and Racism

Sean Guillory guestblogs at Publius Pundit on racism and xenophobia in today's Russia.

Morocco: Moroccan Saffron – As precious as gold dust

Know anything about Moroccan saffron? Several hundred hectares of flowers grown on light chalky hillsides at an altitude of between 1200 and 2000 metres (4000 – 6500 feet). Each September...

Jordan: Stereotypes in the media

The image of a certain society as perceived by other societies is never the same, as human perceptions differ on an individual level, this is one cause of stereotypes, since...

Israel: Sinuses and elections

Apart from the dentist and her really low sinuses story, the elections day ends and Jerusalemgypsy goes home: Back home, my Good Daughter told me her new boyfriend voted for...

Iraq: Impossible dreams of Arabs

IraqiPundit wonders what NYT is talking about here. Arab influence in Iraq? What influence are these supposed analysts operating under? Arab countries traditionally sided with Saddam against the Iraqi people....

Nigeria: Solar Eclipse

Ore’s Notes tells of a Nigerian lady’s excitement at seeing a partial solar eclipse in the city of Lagos.

Burkina Faso: A blogger travels

Voice in the Desert takes a trip back home to York (UK), hoping to be back in Burkina Faso after six weeks.

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