Stories from 28 April 2006
Venezuela: New CNE Board and Friday Night Fiesta
While Katy explains how the board of Venezuela's Electoral Council (the elections governing body) is selected, Francisco gives some background on the new five board members. Away from politics, Adriana of CaracasCafe recommends getting rowdy tonight at El Tunel's open bar.
Mexico: Review of the Debate
Dark Diamond Network has a comprehensive and articulate summary of the Mexican presidential debate and how each participant fared.
Mexico: Presidential Race Attracts Bumps Up Bandwidth
Boli-Nica reveals that the Mexican presidential race is generating quite a bit of traffic around the web, including a share of anti-Obrador blogs.
Bolivia, Venezuela, Cuba: Morales’ TCP
Evo Morales has announced a free trade agreement with Venezuela and Cuba. A free trade agreement except that it shall be called a TCP, or “Trade Agreement of the Peoples.” Alvaro Ruiz-Navajas explains the difference, or lack thereof, in a two part series. Chilean blogger Carlos Gustavo Machicado Salas has...
Mexico: Debate Didn't Change Voters’ Decisions
Two polls taken after this week's presidential debate show Felipe Calderón as the winner despite bloggers’ insistence that it was Patricia Mercado who left in best shape. Another poll, however, reveals that 90% of those surveyed did not consider changing their vote after viewing the debate. For more numbers from...
Argentina: History Finds a Home
Robert Wright explains the etymology of the Buenos Aires neighborhood, Caballito. If in the area, you'll soon have a chance to see the original namesake.
World: Farmer's Market International Parade
Melissa De Leon and Elena Hernandez are co-hosting the “The Farmer's Market International Parade” where participants from across the world post photos of their neighborhood markets, which will then be collected and linked to. So far, entries have been received from Venezuela, Mexico, Trinidad, UK and Panama. Entries will be...
Ukraine: Markets Won't Wait
At Foreign Notes, LEvko writes that Ukrainian president expects the coalition to be formed sometime in June, and Scott W. Clark cautions that this may be a bit too long for the country's economy: “If, as LEvko reports, this mess won't be sorted out until June, will the markets hold...
Mongolia: News of the Week
neweurasia rounds up and discusses the week's news from Mongolia.
Kyrgyzstan: Issyk-Kul by Bike
JJ writes about visiting villages on Kyrgyzstan's Issyk-Kul by bike.
Mongolia: Spring in the Gobi
Luke Distelhorst visited the Gobi and writes about conservation of argali sheep.
India: Kaavya Tales
The issue of author Kaavya Viswanathan plagiarising has prompted quite a few posts in the Indian Blogosphere. Among others Flotsam, India Uncut, Falstaff and Sepia Mutiny have a say.
Zarchka writes about visiting an exhibition of the Prkutyun NGO, an organization that provides services to disabled children. Onnik Krikorian went as well and has his own post as well.
Sri Lanka: Sri Lankan fiction
Tiny Little Fractures reads The Kite Runner and compares the book to Monsoon Dream, contextualizing the gaps in contemporary Sri Lankan fiction.
Chernobyl: First Victims
Oleksa of My Reflections writes about Chernobyl and its first victims: “However, it is the plight of the 14 firefighters that made the greatest impression on me. They arrived on the station mere minutes after the blast and had to extinguish fire with their bare hands, almost literally, throwing the...
Bangladesh: Understanding Musharraf
Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying links to an interview with President Musharraf of Pakistan and provides commentary on the side.
Sri Lankan: Who was it?
Nittewa on figuring out whose bodies were found in Avissawella and Mulleriyawa, and some ideas on who they couldn't have been.
Barbados: National Heroes Day
Campfyah commemorates Barbados’ National Heroes Day with a quiz on some photos of the heroes themselves.
Russia: Protes in Ufa Ignored by Media
As a discussion of media ownership and censorship in Russia is taking place at Russia Blog, Daut of Ufa Blog writes about a recent protest rally in Bashkortostan's capital that no local media have covered and no one seems to be aware of: “A demonstration in America will probably also...
Belarus: BBC Responds to Blogger
BBC responds to David McDuff of A Step At A Time regarding the possibility of broadcasts in the Belarusian language in Belarus – in addition to broadcasts in Russian, Ukrainian and English: “The problem surrounding delivery of the product into the region remains the key stumbling block. The World Service...