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23 October 2006

Stories from 23 October 2006

Malaysia: History not Important

  23 October 2006

Blueheeler goes in search of archives of a newspaper in East Malaysian province of Sarawak and finds that the city does not care about its history.So, in short, the Sarawak Tribune, the most important English newspaper on Sarawak/Bornean issues, with its 60 years of reporting the going-ons in Sarawak, cannot...

Jamaica: Pam Mordecai

  23 October 2006

Jamaican writer Pam Mordecai is the subject of the second installment in Geoffrey Philp's “In My Words” series.

Dominica: The dubious benefits of CWC 2007

  23 October 2006

Kenny Green of Dominica isn't put off by reports that the Cricket World Cup, which is set to take place next year in the Caribbean, may be moved instead to South Africa: “Hosting any WC is like having a house party for someone else at your home, who pays you...

Cayman Islands: Celebrity adoption

  23 October 2006

“Following on the heels of Madonna’s adoption of a little Malawian boy, eccentric actress Renee Zellwegger has announced her intentions to adopt a Caymanian,” writes Cayblogger.

Belize: Dog's eye view

  23 October 2006

Belizean canine blogger Nurse Melly reports on the progress of an animal shelter being build on Caye Ambergris and admonishes humans for feeding crocodiles.

Martinique, France: Stereotypes of the French

  23 October 2006

Pondering stereotypes of the French, Martiniquan Le Blog de Moi writes (Fr): “When I arrived in the States with a group of people from all over France, … our recruiter explained to us very seriously that because of complaints by American students, he encouraged us to bathe and to change...

Barbados: Was Adams lazy?

  23 October 2006

A new book about the failed West Indies Federation describes Sir Grantley Adams, Barbados's first premier and national hero, as “lazy, lethargic” — sets Barbados Free Press wondering if this could have been true.

Barbados: Concorde go home?

  23 October 2006

A British letter-writer suggests that the Concorde aircraft that Barbados was given by British Airways be relocated to a location where it would receive better treatment, but Titilayo finds evidence to suggest that Barbados's Concorde isn't the only one being housed under less-than-desirable conditions.

Venezuela: Interview with Alek Boyd

  23 October 2006

Daniel Duquenal interviews Alek Boyd, who left his career and political activism in the UK to follow Manuel Rosales’ opposition campaign and cover its daily progress at Vcrisis.

Ecuador: YouTube and Second Round Elections

  23 October 2006

Cristian Espinosa shows how journalist Carlos Vera of Ecuavisa is taking advantage of YouTube [ES] to draw attention to video clips that might have been otherwise missed by voters in next month's second round elections. The first video [ES], which shows millionaire candidate Alvaro Noboa paying off a supporter run...

Bolivia: Border Military Bases and Internal Conflicts

  23 October 2006

The treaty between Bolivia and Venezuela to build military facilities on the borders with Paraguay, Chile, Perú, and Brasil is being discussed in political blogs from Perú and Chile. Chilean conservative bloggers writing at El Rincón de Michelle [ES] agree that the treaty should be regarded as evidence of Venezuelan...

Peru: El Señor de los Milagros

  23 October 2006

Klephblog explains the importance and history of Peru's El Señor de los Milagros: “There is, perhaps, nothing more Peruvian than The Lord of Miracles. For almost the whole month of October is devoted to this unique religious icon and it is venerated by Peruvians across the globe.”

Africa: call for Fela centred short stories

  23 October 2006

Wordsbody announces the call for Fela centred short stories from Reputations Consulting, “Call for Fela centred, fictional short stories,features articles and biographical sketches on “FELA The Folklore: A Peoples’ Biography for all categories of prose writers.”

Nigeria: latest on Nigerian stock exchange

  23 October 2006

Latest on the Nigerian stock exchange from StockMarketNigeria, “Last week was not a too impressive week as the all share index of the Nigerian Stock Exchange dipped by 2 percent. This was as a result of declines in share prices of some leading blue chip companies.”

Africa: open source African architecture

  23 October 2006

Timbuktu Chronicles writes about Osafa, open source African architecture, “Osafa will be a Wikipedia-like platform where the ‘source code’ of construction projects, i.e. floor plans, building descriptions, drafts/photos and commercials calculations are being shared under an open licence, ready to be reused or adapted, without licence fees. We want to...

Nigeria/Cameroon: new African film available online

  23 October 2006

Collaboration between Nollywood, the Nigerian film industry, and Cameroon's English language film industry has produced a new film, Before the Sunrise. Scribbles from the Den writes about it: “Before the Sunrise, the first major collaboration between Nollywood and Cameroon’s budding English language film industry is now available online. The movie...

Malawi: Madonna and child

  23 October 2006

Madonna and little David: the debate continues, “Then again, my concern remains with this little boy who has been thrown in a mix of affairs between a poor father with no means and a foreigner with more than enough to offer. There is nothing wrong with adoption so long as...

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