Stories from 16 November 2006
Trinidad & Tobago: Children's Carnival band
Trinidadian blogger Strongy reports briefly on the progress of the designs for the children's Carnival band his group has been doing for 14 years, and posts some photos of costumes from the band that inspired the one currently being designed.
Jamaica:”Borat” and the thin line
For the Jamaican blogger BassChocolate, watching — and laughing at — the film Borat raises some conflicting issues: “Many Jamaicans are offended with Americans portray us as Weed Orgy Central. How would we feel if we were portrayed in a major motion picture as a country which condoned rape and...
Tajikistan: Aid Podcast
Bicyclemark has a podcast with Amanda of ChistianAid, a relief organization working in Tajikistan.
Kyrgyzstan: Killer on the Loose
Yulia of neweurasia reports on a killer on the loose in Bishkek.
Kyrgyzstan: Where is the Constitution?
Kyrgyz Report notes that Kyrgyzstan's new constitution has yet to be seen.
Kazakhstan: Western Trading
Ben Paarmann reports on the drive of some Kazakh companies to Western stock exchanges and some of the positive benefits this will usher in.
Georgia: Slamming the CIS
Dan O'Huiginn says that Georgia's criticism of the Commonwealth of Independent States is a deescalation of its conflict with Russia rather than an escalation as has been reported by some media outlets.
Jamaica: MTV “Cribs” parody
Owen links to a Jamaican parody from YouTube of the MTV program “Cribs”.
Latin America: History of a bolero
Puerto Rican blogger GuerillaPop unveils (ES) the true story behind the famous bolero “Bodas Negras”: “Bodas Negras (o Boda Negra, as it is also called), which touches on the subject of necrophilia, is an excellent example of how the Latin American bolero can kick the butts of some goth or...
Bermuda: Fast ferry
The Limey questions whether the introduction of a new fast ferry in Bermuda has genuinely improved the public transportation system.
China: state secrets
The definition of state secrets is so vague in China. Absurbfool tries to dig out some on web.
China: travelling of song and tune
Jeremy Goldkorn at DANWEI writes a brief history melodies and tunes travelling from China to Europe.
China: strike hard at stray dogs
Imaginethief talks about the impact of “strike hard at stray dogs” policy on his neigbors.
Japan: paper plane
JP on Japundit blogs a recent world record set up by elementary school students in Hiroshima: creating the world’s largest paper airplane and flying it.
Japan and China: oil dispute
Citizen reporter, Hisane Masaki, at Ohmynews has an article on the development of oil dispute between Japan and China in East China Sea.
South Korea: labour movement history
Jamie at interlocals.net has written an article on the recent massive labour strike with a video explaining the labour condition of South Korea from the labour union perspective in the past 10 years.
Estonia, Russia: “The Bronze Soldier Disease”
Itching for Eestimaa writes about “the Bronze Soldier disease” that “has spread from Tallinn to Moscow, where officials and analysts are now weighing in on the issue like it would make a big difference in their life whether the Bronze Soldier was there or not.”
Ukraine: Crime in Lviv
Foreign Notes writes about crime in Western Ukraine.
Ukraine: Waitress’ Attention
Carpetblogger shares two efficient ways to get the attention of a waitress in Kyiv.
Russia: Russkiye and Rossiyane
The Turkish Invasion explains the difference between russkiye and rossiyane.
Russia: Coal Industry
Russia Blog lists some facts on Russia's coal industry.