5 October 2006

Stories from 5 October 2006

Kenya: gifted Kenyan artist

  5 October 2006

African Painters writes about Tobias Butama, “His work as an artist has been clearly documented in the Library of the National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C. and extensively at home in Nairobi, Kenya.”

Namibia: anti-corruption song contest

  5 October 2006

Museke writes about Anti-Corruption Song Contest in Namibia, “This is a worthy effort to make use of music in educating the populace about an issue that is paramount in African societies today – corruption.”

Tajikistan: Emulating Uzbekistan

  5 October 2006

Alexander Sadikov says that Tajikistan's president is emulating Uzbekistan's by not only creating loyal political parties, but also by reforming existing ones to create an impression of multiparty democracy.

Sudan: photos from Darfur

  5 October 2006

“Before a patrol the South Africans in Sector 6 do an organised and structured final inspection before going. Sector 6 is currently still the most dangerous sector in Darfur,” writes Werner Klokow, a South African soldier with the African Union peacekeeping force in Darfur, Sudan, who keeps a photoblog.

Kyrgyzstan: The Kochkor Rodeo

  5 October 2006

Peace Corps Volunteer Trent Milan reports on working with a mullah to organize a rodeo on Kochkor, Kyrgyzstan. Working with him to put on the event is Vista 360 (background here), a Wyoming NGO that helps facilitate exchange between cowboy cultures around the world.

Blogging Tunisia: whisper!

Roughly a year ago, the Tunisian weekly newspaper, Tunis Hebdo has published an article about the Tunisian Blogs [Fr] in which the author, Zouhour Harbaoui, shaped a frivolous image of the Tunisian Blogs as a matter of all and nothing. The reactions of the bloggers, whether on Tunis Hebdo online...

US secret detentions: from hotel room to squalid prison cell

  5 October 2006

When President George W. Bush confirmed in a speech last month that the CIA has been operating a programme of secret detentions on foreign territory, it was portrayed by the United States Government as part of its efforts to “bring terrorists to justice”. Yet this programme, along with the controversial...

Serbia: Debate on Media Depiction of Kosovo Children

  5 October 2006

B92 news have reported on the journalist association's reaction to the alleged mistreatment of children from Kosovo and Metohia (in further text K&M) during a talk show on national TV. Independent Association of Journalists of Serbia (NUNS) claims that the so-called public service TV tried to manipulate citizens in a...

Peru: Across the Andes to Huaraz

  5 October 2006

Having already bicycled through all of Central America and a good portion of South America, David of A Ride for the Climate explains the concept of horse-assisted bike touring as he crossed Peru’s highest mountain range.

Mexico: No End to Oaxacan Conflict in Sight

  5 October 2006

Mark in Mexico has four posts in as many days about the continued political and social strife in Oaxaca. The post titles are telling: Father of 3 decapitated at APPO roadblock. President Fox and his cabinet draw the line. Guerrillas raising their ugly heads. The striking teachers and APPO refuse...

Venezuela: Book Review: Venezuela in Debt by Jose Guerra

  5 October 2006

Miguel Octavio reviews the book “Venezuela in Debt” by Jose Guerra, which according to Octavio, “draws parallels to the Presidency of Carlos Andres Perez (CAP) to that of Hugo Chavez, exploring the contradictions and similarities between the two periods.”

Cuba: The dengue problem

  5 October 2006

The video above appeared on YouTube on September 29, 2006, with no accompanying information but the tags “cuba” and “dengue“. Linked earlier this week by The Real Cuba, it appears to support what blogger Marc Masferrer wrote last Friday: Everyone in Havana and other cities has seen the clouds of...

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