4 August 2006

Stories from 4 August 2006

Lusosphere reactions to the world most blogged conflict

  4 August 2006

The conflict between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon is shaking the blogosphere. The effects can be felt all over and as conversations arise everywhere, Lusophone bloggers aren't excluded. It is important to mention that Brazil is home to the biggest Lebanese diaspora population — some 8 million of Lebanese descent...

Kyrgyzstan: Ukrainian Debt

  4 August 2006

Yulia of neweurasia translates a Russian post about Ukraine's declaration that it has no debt to Kyrgyzstan, a claim that a Kyrgyz official actually backed up. The author of the post says that this act again confirms that there are no professionals in power in Kyrgyzstan.

Jamaica: Reggae aesthetics

  4 August 2006

Jamaican writer Geoffrey Philp traces his evolution from reader of Joyce to embracer of reggae aesthetics: “For the reggae influenced writer, Rastafari legitimized the experiences of Black people in the Americas and became the means to overstanding power and the privileging of one text or dialect over another. Drawing on...

Cuba: More links

  4 August 2006

The Latin Americanist posted another list of links to various news sources commenting on the Cuba situation early this afternoon.

Voices from Kazakhstan

  4 August 2006

Welcome to our latest round-up of blog posts and online discussions that took place in the Kazakhstani blogosphere in the last two weeks. We start off with Russian-language neweurasia Kazakhstan blog. A new contributor from Karaganda Basil B. Akimov sheds light on another scandal in Kazakh healthcare. Karaganda prosecutor initiated...

El Salvador: Economic Statistics

  4 August 2006

Tim Muth publishes some recent economic statistics from the IMF, but observes that “noticeably absent is any mention of plans by the government to make any significant improvement in spending on health, education, or poverty reduction.”

Colombia: Medellín's Dropping Crime Rate

  4 August 2006

Writing from Medellín, Adam Isacson notes that “last year, Medellín's murder rate totaled 37 killings for every 100,000 inhabitants. Suddenly this city – long considered one of the world's most violent – has come to suffer fewer homicides than U.S. cities like Washington (45), Detroit (42) and Baltimore (42). Medellín...

Ukraine: Is Orange Revolution Dead?

  4 August 2006

Scott W. Clark of Foreign Notes explains why president Yushchenko has become irrelevant and how freedom of the press and freedom of business are nothing but illusion now: “So is the Orange Revolution dead? It's a funny thing that now people are down to saying that it isn't dead because...

Ukraine: Yanukovych and Democracy

  4 August 2006

Jonathan Taylor of Publius Pundit lauds the election of Victor Yanukovych as Ukraine's prime minister: “Yanukovich’s premiership is an accurate reflection of the political situation in Ukraine and thus another victory for democracy.”

Russia: Child Abuse

  4 August 2006

Yuri Mamchur of Russia Blog distributes blame for Russia's abused children: “Today Russia is awash in oil and gas money, the nation’s cities are growing again, and the country produces more young billionaires per capita than any other nation in the world. It is a shame that such a depravity...

Bolivia: Goni Documentary

  4 August 2006

Miguel Centallas reviews Our Brand Is Crisis, “a documentary about the 2002 presidential campaign of Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada (aka Goni).”

Bhutan: testing English language skills

  4 August 2006

South Asia Biz reports that a Bhutanese IT company failed to recruit required 80 people because only 39 out of almost 500 applied could pass the recruitment test. The test was mainly concentrated on English language skills. The firm dismissed the candidates' accusation that the test was tough quoting the need of world class standard employees to get a 'medical transcription' outsourcing contract.

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