3 May 2006

Stories from 3 May 2006

Haiti: Kevin Sites Sighting

  3 May 2006

Yon Ayisyen, the only Haiti-based Haitian blogger writes (FR): “When I noticed that [Yahoo war correspondent] Kevin Sites was in Colombia, I understood right away that he wasn't too far. But I also told myself that we had neither a war nor an armed conflict despite the daily gun violence...

Argentina: Blogs and MSM: Two Distinct Markets

  3 May 2006

Argentine blogger Mariano Amartino is at the WeMedia conference in London where he says (ES) that the mainstream media still incorrectly views “blogs” as a single entity rather than another way to deliver content. In a followup post (ES) he recounts that, by chance, he was at the same table...

Venezuela: Debt Relief and Fartless Beans

  3 May 2006

Katy expresses her gratitude (sarcastically … I think) to Hugo Chavez for relieving the debts of former students who studied abroad during the early 90's. Afrael has a gas relaying the news (ES) that the “fartless bean” was invented in Venezuela in his post “Venezuela Keeps Innovating”: “only known for...

Uruguay, Venezuela: Criticizing Mercosur

  3 May 2006

Steven Taylor writes about Uruguay's discontent with the South American trade bloc Mercorsur. Miguel Octavio (and his faithful readers) try to make sense of Latin America's recent economic realignment.

Argentina: Review of “Crónica de una Fuga”

  3 May 2006

The cutting edge film reviewers at GoodAirs give two thumbs way up for the new movie Crónica de una Fuga. Brandán comments on his sense that “the movie repeated a lot of stock imagery of torture,” but still calls the story “incredible.”

Armenian Blogs on the Armavia Crash

An Airbus A320 flown by the Armenian airline Armavia crashed into the Black Sea, killing all 113 passengers and crew onboard–the worst air crash in Armenia's history. In early reaction to the story, Christian Garbis said that the crash will be hard for all Armenians as well as for the...

Uzbekistan: NGO Expulsions

With Counterpart International looking to be the latest victim of Uzbekistan's spree of NGO closures, Elizabeth explains the various reasons by which Uzbekistan justifies the expulsions.

China: Churches compete for Christians

  3 May 2006

The EastSouthWestNorth blogger does a non-random sample analysis of several blogs’ Google PageRanks and comes up with a completely unreliable conclusion. Further down is the final translation of a very relevant series of reports on Christian-ish churches in rural China.

China: Music tour tips

  3 May 2006

In ‘One Country, Two Rock Scenes‘, Holidarity‘s Friend Gram reveals a mainland China rock star trick of the trade.

China: Cantonese opera

  3 May 2006

Supernaut Frances D'Ath and her non-demonic friends gear up for Apocalypse Guangzhou later this month in ‘Canton Opera Madness.’

Hong Kong: Zheng He exhibition

  3 May 2006

sevenyearsinchina‘s Han Girl visits the Zheng He exhibition at the Hong Kong Museum of History and comes away flipping Eurocentrism on its head. “What can one expect? We're talking about people who still use the word ‘discover’ to describe the trip to America by Columbus,” she writes. “Columbus discovered a...

Hong Kong: A Communist pod-dream

  3 May 2006

It didn't take long for Dave and Stefan at Hong Kong's Blog the Talk to get around to podcasting and their most recent release “a meditation on pedestrian behavior, individualism and the appeal of Communism in this capitalist paradise,” doesn't disappoint.

DRC: Bishops Disagree with July 30 Election Date

  3 May 2006

“[Electoral Council Chief] Rev. Malu-Malu was rebuffed by catholic bishops who claim he does not have the power to prolong the transition period [beyond June 30],” says (FR) Le Renouveau Congolais. Instead, the Church calls for a national dialogue by June 30 to collectively decide what to do beyond June...

China: Catholics, coal, chemicals

  3 May 2006

China Confidential‘s Confidential Reporter gives a second look at rapidly-deteriorating relations between the Communists in Beijing and the Catholics in the Vatican, preceded with one long dire post: at least twenty-four dead in a coal mine collapse in the Northwestern province of Shaanxi this past weekend, and toxic dumping in...