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23 June 2006

Stories from 23 June 2006

Caribbean Heritage Month

23 June 2006

“I have to admit that I find myself wondering what took them so long,” says Karen Walrond, discussing the US government's designation of June 2006 as Caribbean Heritage Month.

“Pirates of the Caribbean” protest

23 June 2006

Amerindian issues blog The CAC Review publishes a press release announcing that the Garifuna American Heritage Foundation United will be holding a protest against the World Premiere of Disney film “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” on Saturday 24 June in Anaheim, California.

Guyana: New Guyana film festival

23 June 2006

Kyk-Over-Al announces the inaugural International Guyanese Film & Video Festival, which aims “to celebrate cinematic achievement in films and video in short format, feature-length dramatic or documentary projects with at least one Guyanese or a person of Guyanese heritage in a key creative role.”

Cuba: Foreign students deprived of internet access

23 June 2006

Medicina Cubana reproduces a news agency article stating that foreign medical students at the Morón School of Medical Science have had no internet access for the past several weeks. The article also notes that “in general, Cubans are not allowed access to the Internet.”

Barbados: The election will be wired

23 June 2006

Citing a Wired article about Rupert Murdoch and Barbados’ status as one of the Caribbean territories with the highest internet penetration, Barbados Free Press predicts that “the internet, citizen journalism, online networking and the Barbados Free Press” will play a key role in the country's upcoming general election.

Serbia: War Criminal's Concert and the Country's Image

23 June 2006

Viktor of Belgrade Blog writes about Serbia's image abroad. He also links to the text on a concert by a “Serbian war-criminal,” written by the Serbian writer Jasmina Tesanovic for BoingBoing: “There is no excuse for going to Ceca's concert (“Ideally Bad”) but I found one: I took a foreigner...

Belarus: Marking Three Years Without Vasil Bykau

23 June 2006

Andrei Khrapavitski writes about the third anniversary of writer Vasil Bykau's death: “The famous writer was nominated for the Nobel Prize in literature, was one of the founders of the Belarusian Popular Front, and is one of the most respected Belarusian authors, a moral authority revered by both seniors and...

Azerbaijan: Aziza Mustafa Zadeh

23 June 2006

Onnik Krikorian writes about Azeri jazz musician Aziza Mustafa Zadeh, an album of whose he picked up for a friend. He remarks that it is “good to see that music can actually cross geopolitical borders, especially when the two countries in question are Armenia and Azerbaijan.”

Azerbaijan: Statue Protest

23 June 2006

In light of a protest in Moscow against a statue of Heydar Aliev, the first Turkic Politburo member and the former President of Azerbaijan, Denise of neweurasia argues that Russia must take steps to treat its Azeri residents better to ensure a good image in Azerbaijan, if for no other...

Latin America: “A false and damaging dichotomy”

23 June 2006

Maxwell Cameron, who usually blogs at Peru Election 2006 explains why he believes that “talk of a ‘right’ and a ‘wrong’ left in Latin America hinders understanding of continent's reaction against economic orthodoxy.”

Ecuador: Apple Inspired Marketing

23 June 2006

Mexican marketing site BriefBlog has noted the influence of Apple's marketing in other advertisements before, but this ad by Ecuadorean TV channel Teleamazonas stands out as beyond obvious.

Russia: Butovo Land Dispute

23 June 2006

The recent land dispute between Moscow city authorities and residents of Butovo, a suburb just outside the capital's beltway (MKAD), included such dramatic elements as a tent camp, bulldozers and riot police. Ilya Yashin (LJ user yashin), leader of the youth wing of the Russian social-liberal party Yabloko, writes about...

Ecuador: Minutes of YouTube Fame

23 June 2006

In a post titled “Minutes of Fame on YouTube” Eduardo Ochoa says he didn't have to film himself dancing ridiculously or falling into a creak to reach YouTube fame. Instead, he and his brother edited a summary of goals from the France – Korea match which ended up being the...

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