14 September 2006

Stories from 14 September 2006

Bahamas: Non-Aligned Movement

  14 September 2006

“. . . 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 sometimes means playing international games that can get us needlessly into hot water,” says Larry Smith in a post warning...

Cuba: Oil find?

  14 September 2006

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

  14 September 2006

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 service which should be affordable.”

South Africa: New Media Awards

  14 September 2006

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

  14 September 2006

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 beat the current manual by-land model which he adds, is an onerous “sweating exercise” for the heavily costumed workers who...

Madagascar: Local Products

  14 September 2006

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.

  14 September 2006

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. In truth 3 different papers were needed from 3 different administrations. (…) Since last Thursday, you could see motos in...

Serbia: Guca and Exit Music Festivals

  14 September 2006

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 main topic of the country’s bloggers these days. Their talk ranges from pure drivel about how it feels to have...

Poland: Socialist Realism Award

  14 September 2006

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 art ever.”

Croatia: Visit to Split

  14 September 2006

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

  14 September 2006

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, you are always kind of scared. I mean, you can't trust your colleagues, you are afraid you will be found...

Sri Lanka: The insensitive Colombo Citizen

  14 September 2006

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 not involved. I’m the Insensitive Colombo Citizen.”

India: On being Macho

  14 September 2006

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, aggressive and sexually powerful”. And possibly like actors Salman Khan and Sanjay Dutt, who most said were their “role models”.”

Estonia: Upcoming Election

  14 September 2006

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, Very Small Country.” (He begins with a disclaimer: “I didn't write this silly headline.”) Giustino of Itching For Eestimaa writes...

Ukraine, Russia: Foreign Service Trainee

  14 September 2006

Wu Wei cites a comment from a foreign service trainee preparing himself for Ukraine: “…In order to better to absorb the Russian language and culture (although I’m actually going to Ukraine), I plan on renting every Cold War action flick of the ’80s to get in the vibe. I already...

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