13 June 2006

Stories from 13 June 2006

Jamaica, USA: The US and the post-national writer

  13 June 2006

As he works on his second novel, Jamaican writer Marlon James ponders the obstacles the US publishing establishment puts in the way of writers like himself, but concludes that “I have to hold to the belief that book and reader have an almost cosmic destiny to meet. And when they...

Pressuring change through blogging

  13 June 2006

Following the quote I took from Brunei Resources's blog;  "We (the government) require pressure from outside and this is where blog readers can come in to help spread the knowledge." and my subsequent call for more Bruneian Bloggers to help aid progress in the country; "If only there are more...

Oops! Mahathir's done it again

  13 June 2006

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad is once again in the news as his criticisms against the government of his successor gets shriller

Mexico: Metroblog and Metroguide

  13 June 2006

Raúl Ramírez, noting the mushrooming of “metropolitan blogs” in Mexico City, announces the alliance (ES) between Chilanga Banda (ES) and Guía de la Ciudad de México (ES).

Bolivia: The Constituent Assembly and the World Cup

  13 June 2006

Jim Shultz tries to explain the waning interest in Bolivia's soon-to-be-formed Constituent Assembly. In a comment, Miguel Centallas responds “Why is the campaign lackluster? Um, you do realize the World Cup is going on, right? That's pretty much trumping all other considerations in much of the world right now. It's...

Mexico: International Blogger Day

  13 June 2006

No one knows how to commemorate themselves quite like bloggers. Tomorrow, Eduardo Arcos notes, is the third annual International Blogger Day, which will be celebrated with a meetup in Mexico City (ES).

Jamaica, USA: Imagine Miami

  13 June 2006

Florida-based Jamaican writer Geoffrey Philp discusses some of the ideas he plans to incorporate into his presentation for the “Imagine Miami” lecture series, which addresses issues of identity. Among the things he plans touch upon are “a reflection on Miami’s geographical location as a port/frontier city and as a Latin/Hispanic/Caribbean...

Trinidad & Tobago: Please stand. . .

  13 June 2006

Echoing the request traditionally given before the national anthem is played, Elspeth Duncan gives the latest video entry on her blog the title “Please Stand. . . . for something”. The video compiles footage from “various protests taking place in Trinidad between late 2005 and early 2006. It represents the...

Russia: Independence Day Surveys

One day after Russia marked its Independence Day, LJ user larinax – Ksenia Larina, Radio Ekho Moskvy host – found herself mystified by the results of a survey conducted on one of the Ekho shows (RUS): […] To the question “Where would you like to live? – In the Soviet...

Nepal: Smoke rings and the public place

  13 June 2006

As part of a larger policy towards advertising and health, Legal News from Nepal says that the Supreme Court is “Ordering the government to create public awareness on the harmful effects of tobacco use, the SC also asked the government to formulate an appropriate law on smoking.”

India: Nagin Lake

  13 June 2006

Akshay has photographs and a writeup on The Nagin Lake in Kashmir. “he Nagin lake is a peaceful cleaner smaller cousin of the Dall Lake in Srinagar is an unforgettable experience – is not only extremely relaxing but offers a close look at the almost amphibian life of the Hanjis,...

Bangladesh: Marrying someone back home

  13 June 2006

Marrying someone in the diaspora? Mezba reflecting on what his uncle tells him about girls in Canada and Bangladesh. “Apparently, if I marry some girl who has been brought up in Canada or is living somewhere in the West, she would a) not cook for me b) not respect me...

Bangladesh: Jesus and the unauthorized version

  13 June 2006

Sadiq does a review on a book about Jesus. “Couple of days back i went to visit the British Museum at London. While coming out i went to its bookshop where i came across a book very unexpectedly that validates a lot of the events in the holy life of...

United Arab Emirates: Photography in Dubai

Photography in the UAE is always a problem; you have to be respectful to other people given the culture and privacy enjoyed by most people in the UAE. Anyone with enough ignorance can land themselves in trouble quite easily by not asking permission, but even when you HAVE the permission,...

Bahrain: No more an Island!

Bahrain used to be a collection of islands, each surrounded – obviously – by water. That virtually stopped when the King Fahad Causeway opened, and now it is further strengthened by the signing of the agreements to construct another causeway, this time between Bahrain and Qatar, Mahmood said.

Iraq: Anti-Zarqawi

The anti-Zarqawi-lovers sentiment is getting stronger in the region, especially in Iraq and Jordan where Zarqawi and his gangs committed their worst crimes, Omar said.

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