17 November 2006

Stories from 17 November 2006

Reunion: “Our Creole Stolen By a Guadeloupean”

  17 November 2006

Blogger Pierrot Dupuy laments (Fr) that Reunion will be represented by a Reunion-based Guadeloupean professor at an International Creole Festival taking place in Mauritius from December 1st to 3rd. Adds the blogger, the Festival will feature: “a culinary festival, a conference on Creolity and a mega concert featuring Zouk Machine,...

Benin: Televised Literary Contest

  17 November 2006

France-based Togolese blogger Kangni Alem recounts (Fr) with much enthusiasm his recent experience at a televised literary competition in Benin which attracted aspiring writers of all ages. The competition was organized by beninoise Djamila Idrissa Souler and took place November 6. Says the blogger: “This contest illustrates, in a bold...

Kyrgyzstan: The Election Code

  17 November 2006

Writing for Kyrgyz Report, David Mikosz, the head of IFES in Kyrgyzstan, writes that Kyrgyzstan's electoral code will have to be overhauled now that the country's new constitution changes the composition of parliament.

Kazakhstan: Kazaksha

  17 November 2006

KZ Blog has a lengthy report on the Kazakhstani government's Kazakh language promotion policies and the anxieties felt by the large population that only uses Russian.

Georgia: Cabinet Chaos

  17 November 2006

Dan O'Huiginn looks at why Georgia's new economy minister has resigned a week after being demoted to the post from defense minister. Dan also rounds up some of Russian media and blog reaction.

Chile Seeks Political Transparency

  17 November 2006

Last week, Fernando Flores (ES), Senator from the leftist coalition, decided to suspend his party affiliation to the PPD because of a corruption scandal with other senators from the same coalition. The week before, the worldwide ranking of transparency listed (ES), Chile at position number 20 and first in transparency...

Serbia: Environmental Protests

  17 November 2006

As Serbia marks the 10th anniversary of the 1996 election fraud protests, Belgrade 2.0 reports on protests taking place in the capital now: residents of the town of Pancevo are rallying against the local filterless petrochemical plant.

Russia: Novgorod Real Estate

  17 November 2006

Copydude writes about Novgorod's architecture, infrastructure and real estate: “‘German built’ is now becoming a buzzphrase amongst Russian real estate agents – particularly in places like Moscow, Novgorod and Kaliningrad. It adds value to property prices. (They are careful not to mention prisoners or slave labour.)”

USA: Video-sharing places L.A.'s police in the spotlight

  17 November 2006

Hop over to Technorati right now and you'll see that six out of the top fifteen videos being linked to by bloggers show the same incident – University of California police officers using a taser gun on an Iranian-American student, Mostafa Tabatabainejad, in the Powell Library at UCLA (University of...

Trinidad & Tobago: Journalism outside the West

  17 November 2006

Trinidad blogger Jeremy Taylor on the launch of Al-Jazeera's English channel: “Outside the west and beyond its influence, western assumptions implode. Different peoples have entirely different ways of seeing the world. Watch CNN or the BBC in a non-western environment (let alone Fox, heaven help us): suddenly they seem alien,...

Voices from Kazakhstan

  17 November 2006

Kazakh President in Aralsk by lambro “Kazakhstan invented a national chess game. Introduced a new chess piece “President”. It can go as it wishes and take whatever it wishes to take”, jokes LJ user kubekov (RUS). President's New Initiatives It is usually a case in Kazakhstan that the President starts...

Peru: 600 Days in Lima

  17 November 2006

Wolfy Becker has been living in Lima for nearly two years now. Here's an insightful look back at how he got there and what life in Lima has been like.

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