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18 May 2006

Stories from 18 May 2006

Mauritius: A Lesson on Sirandanes

[Mes] Idees Noires explains that Sirandanes are (Fr) “riddles about everyday life in Mauritius … a relatively traditional aspect of Mauritius that harkens back to the time when Malagasy slaves...

Haiti: What Will Preval Bring?

AyitiCherieConnexion summarizes Preval's inauguration and wonders (Fr): “Ever since the election, things have settled a bit in Haiti. Kidnappings have almost disappeared. Will Preval stabilize the situation, eliminate government corruption,...

Mexico: Violence and Backlash in San Salvador Atenco

This much we know for sure. On May third and fourth, in the Mexican town of San Salvador Atenco, riots broke out which resulted in 200 arrests and 50 injured...

Mongolia: Ivanhoe Interviews

Luke Distelhorst interviews John Macken, CEO and President, and Layton Croft, Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs of Ivanhoe Mines on the company's business in Mongolia.

Kazakhstan: Nazarbaev as Machiavelli

Stavros writes that Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbaev could write a Central Asian version of Machiavelli's The Prince. The first issue he discusses is Nazarbaev's ethnic policies.

Armenia: Andre

Harmick and Der Hova are excited that Armenia's Eurovision entry has made the contest's finals.

Uzbekistan: Politics & Religion

Nick of neweurasia writes about politics and religion in Uzbekistan.

India: Revolution and Music

Amardeep profiles the revolutionary who sings. “Gaddar has become the police's biggest nightmare as they attempt to squelch the seemingly bottomless (or at least very deep) well of sympathy for...

Sri Lanka: Failed States Index

Questioning if Sri Lanka has failed as a state on FocuSLanka. “Sri Lanka has been ranked 25, between Rwanda and Ethiopia, on the list of Failed States Index (FSI) as...

Pakistan: Potohar Plateau

A fascinating look at Potohar Plateau which yields an archaeologicaly rich past at Light Within -“Bounded on the east by the River Jhelum, on the west by the Indus, on...

Nigeria's Failed Constitutional Amendment

In the fourth quarter of 2005, reports began appearing in the Nigerian mainstream print media about a bid to have the Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo, attempt a third term in...

Zimbabwe: Destruction of homes

Today is the one year anniversary of the Murambatsvina in which the government of Zimbabwe destroyed the homes and livlihoods of thousands of people. This is Zimbabwe asks that we...

India: BSE Sensex falls

The Bombay Stock Exchange SENSEX (Sensitive Index) fell by a whopping 826 points in a single day. K has some reactions to the fall.

Bangladesh: Exporting Pickles

Bangladesh's most under-rated export? A certain sort of pickle according to Imperfect World 2006.

Bermuda: “Hate speech” complaint rejected

Bermuda's Human Rights Commission has rejected a complaint against Senator David Burch, who used an offensive racial term in a radio broadcast last year. The HRC had no choice, says...

West Indies: Brian Lara's appointment “commercial”?

Sir Viv Richards, West Indies cricket legend, says star batsman Brian Lara was recently appointed captain of the team for “commercial reasons”. “A tad ungracious of the great man,” says...

Trinidad and Tobago, Martinique: Trade and Investment Convention

Taran Rampersad visits the annual Trade and Investment Convention in Trinidad and is pleasantly surprised. He meets a representative of a company in Martinique that develops innovative GPS/GIS software, and...

Barbados: Time-share development

Why is the government of Barbados getting involved in a time-share development, asks Barbados Free Press; is it “a scheme to pour yet more public funds” into a private hotel...

Iran: Fashion Talk in TV!

Cafe Naseri says that there was a talk about dress fashion in Iranian TV. Blogger has taken a photo from her own TV to show who discussed dress fashion. She...

Taiwan: President faces non-confidence

A recent poll blogged on at Michael Turton's The View from Taiwan suggests Taiwanese president Chen Shuibian's ratings are down to only %5.8.

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