Stories from 13 April 2006
The Week That Was – Bolivian Blogs
A controversial document instructing public servants to contribute to the Movimiento Al Socialismo (MAS) political party generated words of discontent among some Bolivian bloggers. The letter in question was directed to Cabinet Members, Vice-Ministers and Directors and instructed them to contribute 5% of their salary to “cover National and Departmental...
Kyrgyzstan: Students on Politics
The Golden Road to Samarqand reports on university students’ opinions on the current political situation in Kyrgyzstan.
Armenia: The Past & Future
Christian Garbis writes that Armenians are blinded by their past and do not appreciate that their current problems deserve their full attention. The Basturma Chronicles responds.
Mongolia: More on the Protests
Tom Terry also comments on the protests in Mongolia, calling on protesters to show a little more wisdom and restraint and warning them that Eagle TV, which he manages, will hand over any tapes of illegal acts by protesters in accordance with Mongol law.
Mongolia: Protests Updates
Luke Distelhorst of neweurasia has more updates on the escalating protests in Mongolia at his site including news of clashes between police and protesters and the Democratic Party showing signs of solidarity with the protesters.
Armenia: Safarov Sentenced
Oneworld Multimedia notes that Azeri military officer Ramil Safarov has been sentenced to life in prison by a Hungarian court for the murder of an Armenian counterpart at a NATO Partnership for Peace training program two years ago. It is not clear whether or not he will serve his sentence...
Panama, Costa Rica: Gas Prices Up
In a pattern that surely many across the world can relate to, Don Ray and Bob Glass both mention the rising gas prices in Panama and Costa Rica respectively. It seems the gentlemen also have similar thoughts regarding blog templates.
Guatemala: Declartion Against North American Mining Firms
The Guatemala Solidarity Network is distributing a declaration, which demands that the Marlin Mine of San Marcos be closed.
Reuters-GVO alliance announced
13th April 2006 REUTERS FORMS ALLIANCE WITH GLOBAL VOICES ONLINE Reuters today announced an alliance with Global Voices Online, an international network of bloggers coordinated through the Berkman Center at Harvard University. Reuters has made a contribution to the Berkman Center that has enabled Global Voices to hire a full-time...
Trinidad & Tobago: Geniuses and landscapes
Over at the Caribbean Beat weblog JT waxes poetic, defining genius and describing the view from his office window.
Belize: Iguana season
It's iguana season in Belize, writes Simone Engeln: “If you were to drive though Belize these days, you would notice people standing by the side of the road holding up Iguanas. These are not their pets. They are offering them to you to buy. Again, not to keep as a...
El Salvador: Images of Semana Santa
Tim Muth links to photos and videos of Semana Santa (Holy Week) in El Salvador.
Barbados, Trinidad: Maritime dispute settled
Linda Thompkins reports that the maritime boundary dispute between Barbados and Trinidad has been settled by a tribunal convened under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.
Bahamas: Cultivating tolerance
Sir Arthur Foulkes assesses tolerance levels in the Bahamas in light of reactions to the docking of a gay cruise ship and the banning of the film “Brokeback Mountain”.
Caribbean, Venezuela, USA: CARICOM talks with US
Seeing it as evidence that the Caribbean has begun to resist the overtures of Venezuela's Hugo Chávez, A. M. Mora y Leon links gleefully to a Miami Herald article which states that CARICOM is exploring the possibility of holding free trade talks with the US.
India: Death of an actor
The death of an actor has had the Indian state of Karnataka in the middle of violence and outpouring on the streets. Dateline Bombay comments on the state of Bangalore.
India: Walking through Bombay
Windy Skies explores at a languid pace life in some streets of South Mumbai. “On most days after getting out of Victoria Terminus (renamed CST) in Bombay (renamed Mumbai), I walk down the DN Road in the direction of Flora Fountain.”
Argentina: Ernesto Sábato
Cartoonist Bob Row uses his artistic pen to honor the Argentine humanist, Ernesto Sábato. You can learn more about Sábato on Wikipedia.
Nepal: Political Developments
Bahas comments on Nepal's move from Monarchy to democracy - “King Gyanendra has called upon all political parties to join in a dialogue, which the King has always advocated, to bear the responsibility of and contribute towards activating the multiparty democratic polity.”
Pakistan: Some developments
Crow's nest on a motley bunch of developments in Pakistan – from party politics to the recently held World Social Forum in Karachi.
Sri Lanka: Violence against Tamils
The ethnic conflict, while still not covered by the Mainstream Media, appears to be a part of everyday life. Transcurrents.com on “Trincomalee saw large scale violence being unleashed against Tamils following a series of claymore mine explosions directed against security personnel deployed in the district.”