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18 July 2006

Stories from 18 July 2006

Mexico: Election Update

Ceci Connolly has a thorough update on the state of Mexico's contested election including a recent poll which found that “about 60 percent of Mexicans do not think there should...

Mexico: “Publicidad a Huevo”

“Publicidad a huevo” (ES), which means both “publicity, of course” and “egg publicity” is an exceedingly clever pun by Raúl Ramírez about the news that several companies including the American...

Guatemala: “A Difference Of Perspective On Guatemala City”

Patrick comes to the defense of Guatemala City.

Ecuador: Eruption of Tungurahua Documented by Citizen Media

Christian Espinosa has compiled the abundance of citizen photography (ES) documenting the eruption of Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador. The comments section has become a forum of citizen reporting.

Americas: Googlear

The English translation of “googlear” should be easy enough to guess: “to google.” According to one article, the first reference in a Spanish paper belongs to Spanish blogger Enríque Dans...

Argentina: Rappers on Skateboards

Tired of reading about Tango? Adam takes a look at some of Argentina's lesser known musical sub-cultures.

Argentina: Music: ElectroKant – Vol. 1

Santiago Candegabe has released a new album of electronic music called ElectroKant – Vol. 1, “centered around the image of the german philosopher.” The 13 song album can be downloaded...

Bolivia: “Pink Floyd at the US Embassy”

Pink Floyd's “I Wish You Were Here” at the US Embassy in La Paz and an homage to Che Guevara requested by wealthy bankers: Ben Dangl's latest dispatch from Bolivia...

Kazakhstan: Internet Development & Regulation

Leila reports on internet regulation and development in Kazakhstan. She notes that e-government is being explored in the country.

Mongolia: Ulaanbaatar

Stacey of soupy says writes about how different Ulaanbaatar is from other places in Mongolia.

Central Asia: Eurasian Islam

Ataman Rakim argues for a Eurasian Islam that would unite Muslims of the former Soviet Union under a common identity and serve not so much as a formal set of...

Uzbekistan: Happy Uzbeks

James explores how to explain the happiness of Uzbekistan's citizens despite the host of problems they face. Could it be relatively equal income distribution?

Mexico: Folklore Festival Postponed

Mark in Mexico has an update on the teacher's union standoff in Oaxaca, noting that “the annual Guelaguetza Festival has been “suspended” but would be re-initiated once the labor problems...

Belarus: Music and Censorship

TOL's Belarus Blog writes about music and censorship in Belarus, and about an upcoming Belarusian music event – to be held in Poland, “not so far from the border, in...

Russia: Lyudmila Putina's Style

LJ user plushev is wondering (RUS) who is responsible for the tacky dresses of Putin's wife (photos attached): “I've heard a fantastic version that this is the work of Kremlin's...

Russia: “Senseless Brutality” in the Army

Yuri Mamchur of Russia Blog writes about “senseless brutality” that keeps occuring in the Russian army: “This time one of the victims is 19-year old Radik Habirov from Kazan, who...

Russia: G8 and Coverage of Crackdown

Sean Guillory of Sean's Russia Blog reports on results of the G8 Summit and criticizes the coverage of crackdown on protesters: “The methods that are being used in St. Petersburg—preemptive...

Russia: Failure to Join WTO

Sean Guillory of Sean's Russia Blog writes on why Russia hasn't joined the WTO.

Ukraine: Hutsul Wedding Video

Stefan of Dykun offers his readers a break from Ukrainian politics: an annotated video of a Hutsul wedding. “The wedding was that of a cousin of a friend, Anna. Much...

Ukraine: Sheshory Folk Festival

The Humble Observer reports on a trip to a folk music festival in Sheshory, a small town in West Ukraine's Transcarpathians: “Imagine Pete Seiger learns Ukrainian and plays with an...

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