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14 September 2006

Stories from 14 September 2006

Africa: New publishing ventures

Two publishing ventures in South Africa and in Nigeria aim to publish writings by Africans for local markets, reports African Women's Blog.

Bahamas: Non-Aligned Movement

“. . . For the first time we have an ideologically driven foreign minister who appears to have some latitude to set policy, whether by default or otherwise. And that...

Cuba: Oil find?

Luis M. Garcia is skeptical about reports of large quanities of oil having been found off the coast of Cuba.

Kenya/South Africa: Differences in Banking

Bankele, a Kenyan blogger attending a conference in South Africa, observes that “One significant difference between Kenya and South Africa banking is their (SA) recognition that banking is a necessary...

South Africa: New Media Awards

The Digital Citizen Indaba blog, The Blog, writes about the SABC Highway Africa Awards Ceremony. The winners for 2006 Highway Africa Awards for Innovative Use of New Media are…

Reunion: Mosquito Eradication

Pierrot Dupuy wonders (Fr) why mosquito eradication to help fight the Chikungunya epidemic in La Reunion is not done like in Camargue on mainland France, i.e. by air. It would...

Madagascar: Local Products

At the request of a reader, Madagascar Croissance provides (Fr) an illustrated list of Malagasy signature exports including coffee, vanilla, clove, seafood and specialty fabrics.

Rwanda: Motorcycle Taxis ctd.

A while back, ex-pat blogger Guillaume lamented the recent scarcity of motorcycle taxis in Kigali. Today he follows up with good news (Fr): “Officially, motos were reauthorized since last monday....

Serbia: Guca and Exit Music Festivals

Traditional Guca Trumpet Festival is held anually in Guca, a town hours south of Belgrade, near the city of Cacak, from Aug. 30 to Sept. 3. The event remains the...

Poland: U.S. Entry Visas

Chris Borowski of Traveling Life cites official documents confirming that Polish citizens should not expect visa-free travel to the United States anytime soon.

Poland: Socialist Realism Award

Drawing on a previous entry, the beatroot announces the Socialist Realism Award contest: “We aim to find the most ridiculous (and by definition, the most fantastic) piece of socialist realism...

Poland: 1,000 More Troops to Afghanistan

The beatroot writes about homosexuality in Afghanistan and the possible alternatives to sending more Polish troops there.

Poland: Polish President Briefly Meets U.S. Counterpart

The beatroot comments on the brief meeting between George W. Bush and Jaroslaw Kaczynski during the latter's visit to the United States.

Croatia: Visit to Split

Paul of Further Ramblings of a N.Irish Magyar posts eight notes and recommendations from his trip to Split, Croatia: “5. Tourists are Tolerated … rather than appreciated.”

Singapore: Illegal Workers

Moe Moe encounters illegal workers being chased by police in a busy Singapore street and remembers her own experience as a illegal worker in another country “When you work illegally,...

Cambodia: Anti-corruption Campaign Blocked by Police

Vutha writes that the authorities in Cambodian capital city Phnom Penh blocked the Black Box campaign. The campaign was organised to collect comments on corruption from the citizens.

Sri Lanka: The insensitive Colombo Citizen

Nirmal Jayasinghe outlines the ‘Insensitive Colombo Citizen’. “Why should I go out? Let them get all the bullets, suffering and whatever results. I don’t care, because I’m not concerned. I’m...

India: On being Macho

Cuckoo's Call on what constitutes being macho. “According to a study done on the group from a northeast Mumbai slum, a “real man” is one who is “physically attractive, dominant,...

Nepal: Grief and the Maoists

United We Blog! on the mistakes that the Maoists are making, causing much grief to those in Khatmandu.

Estonia: Upcoming Election

Edward Lucas, the Central and East European correspondent of The Economist, posts his piece on the upcoming Estonian election and one of the candidates: “A Big Man From a Very,...

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