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30 May 2006

Stories from 30 May 2006

Latest in the Francophone Caribbean Blogosphere

Venezuela: Luis Velásquez Scandal

Francisco of Caracas Chronicles calls the Luis Velásquez Alvaray affair the “mother of all scandals.” Two days later, however, he wonders where all the coverage went.

Venezuela: Former Yaracuy Governor detained

Commenting on the detention of Former Yaracuy Governor Eduardo Lapi who was Miguel Octavio opines: “Reportedly he will be charged with misuse of funds. Thus, as the robolution robs, steals...

Mexico: AMLO Back in the Lead?

Goleech cites the May 29 poll by María de las Heras, which has leftist candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrado back in the lead with half a percentage point over Felipe...

Latin America: Technorati, Edelman, But No Spanish?

Commenting on the announcement by Technorati and Edelman that the two companies will join forces to include blog posts on traditional media websites, Julio Alonso wonders how it is that...

Mexico, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, US: Border Frustrations

In a summary of Latin American news, Western Hemisphere Policy Watch describes tension over the militarized border … the Costa Rica-Nicaragual border. Isopixel is upset [ES] by an offensive song...

How to Help Indonesia Earthquake Victims

Members of International community who are very concerned with the Indonesia earthquake where the death toll exceeds 5,000 and many more thousands injured now can visit Merlyna Lim's blog where...

St. Lucia: privatisation of utilities

Should the St. Lucian water company be privatised? Should the mass transit system remain in private hands? Matthew Hunte weighs in. “We end up in a funny situation where (quite...

St. Vincent and the Grenadines: Condoms in schools?

Twenty per cent of live births in St. Vincent and the Grenadines are to teenage mothers. So why, asks Abeni, is the minister of education “vehemently opposing the idea of...

Mongolia: Construction Season

Luke Distelhorst says that, because of the country's climate, construction is restricted to a few months of the year. Though floods and snow can strike even in late May, construction...

Kyrgyzstan: Endangered Languages

neweurasia reports on a political party in Kyrgyzstan seeking to protect the status of the Russian language in the republic.

Kyrgyzstan: Opposition Rally

Yulia of neweurasia reports on Saturday's opposition protest in Bishkek during which Kyrgyz opposition members demanded significant reform by September.

Bermuda: Auditor general “under attack”?

Is Bermuda's government “engaging in a direct attack” on the independent auditor general? “Any doubts … should be put to rest,” says Christian S. Dunleavy. “This move ranks the tops...

Barbados: Senegalese “death boat”

“What circumstances did these men come from that drove them to make a desperate trip to a strange new land in search of a better life? How must the people...

Armenia: Fire in Kond

A fire broke out in Yerevan's historic Kond neighborhood, destroying five homes. Blogrel notes some strange inaccuracies in the local media's coverage of the fire. Onnik Krikorian discusses the issue...

Kazakhstan: Caspian Saber-Rattling

Ben Paarmann explains why Kazakhstan is expanding its naval power in the Caspian Sea.

Caribbean: What blogging is for

“Blogging … challenges the elitism that pervades the Caribbean and is a great experiment in the democratization of data,” says Geoffrey Philp in a thoughtful essay on the potential role...

Latvia: Aleksiy II's Visit

All About Latvia writes about the visit of Aleksiy II, head of the Russian Orthodox Church, to Latvia last weekend. Latvia is home to some 350,000 Orthodox Christians.

Latvia: Second Gay Pride Parade

All About Latvia writes about the politics of this year's gay pride parade (to be held in Riga on July 22): “For political parties who objected the march last year,...

Russia: “Moscow Has Lost Its Pride”

Vilhelm Konnander and Ufa Blog discuss the failure to hold the first gay pride parade in Moscow.

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