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20 October 2006

Stories from 20 October 2006

Brazil: The Media Empire Bows to Blogs

  20 October 2006

There is something very different going on in the Brazilian media arena. It all started a week ago with a cover story published in the magazine Carta Capital, headlined: The Plot Which Led to the Second Round. The magazine is known as a ‘leftist stronghold’ and, with a modest circulation...

Tahiti: Google Earth Shots

  20 October 2006

Tavana Daniel of Tahiti: Litterature is (Fr) happy google earth updated their aerial shots of Tahiti but laments that the picture was not taken on a sunny day. She provides pictures.

Cuba: Havana in photos and video

  20 October 2006

Flickr user silvertopixel has a series of lovely art photos of street life in Havana. And Lisetcruz posts a YouTube video with views of Havana's famous Malecón and a matching photo of her own.

Trinidad & Tobago: The globalisation of Second Life

  20 October 2006

Trinidad blogger and Second Life player Taran Rampersad looks at Second Life in the context of the global economy: “Issues of Digital Divide are as much of a factor as the dominant cultural trends within SecondLife itself, but as more people come online – more people will enter virtual worlds....

Bermuda: Green Day

  20 October 2006

Adjustah provides a roundup of the recent commentary from his fellow Bermudian bloggers, noting that today several of them are observing “Green Day” in protest of the preservation of the Botanical Gardens in Hamilton. The Save the Gardens blog has posted photos of people wearing green, holding “Save the Gardens”...

Trinidad & Tobago: Folk wisdom

  20 October 2006

Christopher Yee Mon dishes out some Trinidadian folk wisdom gleaned from his Auntie Kim. An example: “To Cool You Down in the Sun (Heat Stroke?): Drink Maryshutyuhdoor. Maryshutyuhdoor is the grass in the savannah whose leaves close up when you walk on it. (Could Kill You)”

Uzbekistan: A New Tune?

  20 October 2006

At, Bertrand reports that Uzbekistan's president is using a new explanation for last year's violence in Andijon and he discusses some of the possible explanations for this change.

Nigeria: economic benefits of railway transportation

  20 October 2006

StockmarketNigeria discusses the economic benefits of railway transportation in Nigeria: “The resuscitation of rail transportation in Nigeria had only been more of a political promise since the exit of the British from Nigerian governance in first October, 1960.The encouraging economic growth recorded within the colonial era due to agriculture was...

Mali: the music of Ali Farka Toure

  20 October 2006

Matsuli music remembers the great Malian musician, Ali Farka Toure: “Cancer claimed Ali Farka Toure's life earlier this year. I'm thankful we can continue to feel his presence in the recordings he has left behind. Nick Gold and the producer Jerry Boys captured some of his greatest moments for the...

Gambia: President appoints new cabinet

  20 October 2006

Following the recent Presidential election, the President of the Republic of Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, appoints his new cabinet. Home of the Mandinmories writes about the appointment: “There is not a lot of changes. He move some pieces around on the titanic. Kanja Sanneh (agriculture) and Maba Jobe (foreign affairs) are...

Tanzania: blogging the Rwanda genocide tribunal

  20 October 2006

A Walk on the Wild Side writes about his experience at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania, “The case I was attached to is often refered to as Military II and contains two of the biggest genocide suspects the Tribunal has nabbed so far- Augustin Bizimungu (who...

Venezuela: Meaning of Security Council Vote

  20 October 2006

Caracas Chronicles on what the UN Security Council vote is really all about: “Those of us focused on Venezuelan affairs will tend to examine the UN Security Council election this week for clues about Chavez's international standing. Probably, though, the vote tells us more about the way the world's governments...

Ecuador: Fear Campaigns

  20 October 2006

Alejandro Giacometti has a interesting comparison of fear tactics used in campaigning both in Ecuador and the United States. Colin Brayton translates an article about the “detention of the representative in Ecuador of the Brazilian E-vote company, Santiago Murray, as part of an investigation into responsibilities for the failure of...

El Salvador, Honduras: Island Dispute

  20 October 2006

Tim Muth links to some excellent resources to better understand the newest land dispute between El Salvador and Honduras, this time over the uninhabited island of Conejo in the Gulf of Fonseca. Muth facetiously comments, “perhaps it is for just such disputes that El Salvador needs to have its high...

Argentina: History of Opera and Football

  20 October 2006

Some history today from Buenos Aires. The upcoming renovation of the downtown opera house, Teatro Colón has inspired Jeff Barry to to begin a series on the history of opera in Buenos Aires. eBlog, meanwhile, points out that today is the 30th anniversary since the debut of Diego Maradona [ES]...

The Week that Was – Bolivian Blogs

  20 October 2006

Cartoon used by permission from artist Worries concerning a possible civil war in Bolivia have simmered for now. However, cartoon blogger (for a lack of a better term) Joaquin Cuevas was celebrated for his recent parody of the campaign for the Constituent Assembly, which originally said “Todos Juntos Hacia la...

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