5 January 2007

Stories from 5 January 2007

Armenia: Dreadful Winter

  5 January 2007

Onnik Krikorian writes that this will be his last winter in Armenia in a letter from Armenia that describes the cold, the difficulties of safely heating one's home, and other reasons to be less than enthusiastic this winter.

Mongolia: Witnessing Abuse

  5 January 2007

Alexa of A Year in Mongolia writes about witnessing domestic abuse in her apartment building, and says that because physical abuse of women is so common in Mongolia, centers are popping up to offer women a place to stay away from their abusers.

Caucasus: European, Asian, or What?

  5 January 2007

A Fistful of Euros wonders whether readers consider Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan to be European or not. Only Georgia and Azerbaijan are partially within Europe geographically, but the latter is usually considered Asia and Armenia considered European for cultural reasons. Registan.net says the geographic distinction between Europe and Asia is...

Africa: this is Africa

  5 January 2007

Joshua Wanyama, who blogs for African Path, writes about Africa in a post titled, Ten “This is Africa” Thoughts: “With the New Year beginning, different trends are being set in Africa either affected by globalization, growth of democracy or the breakdown of society. I have compiled my list of thoughts...

Tahiti: Turncoat Politicians

  5 January 2007

Reacting to the election of a new president Gaston Tong Sang, Tahitian blogger SamsonPointCom surveys the political landscape (Fr): “Turncoat politics are a national sport, even more so than rowing. There are basically two opposing equally-sized blocs in the Assembly: the independentist “Blues” (socialist affiliated but who have National Front...

Lusosphere Debate Over Saddam's Last Scene

  5 January 2007

Despite the dreadful subject, Saddam's execution has become the very symbol of an year that has definitely changed the media as we knew it. The empowered delivery of citizen content through web 2.0 services and news sites is providing a totally new environment for news distribution, and the effects of...

Peru: Amazonian Fruit Drinks

  5 January 2007

Alejandro is a California-based Peruvian Chef who describes his various blogs as “a bridge between California, Peru, the world, myself, they are my prism.” He recently returned to Peru, where he was able to visit the northeastern Amazon region for the first time and captures some pictures of local street...

Uruguay: La Rambla

  5 January 2007

From Uruguay with photos of Montevideo's famous La Rambla: “It's the favorite place for montevideans to chill out, have a beer, or mate with bizcochos along with friends, or family, specially in spring and summer time. It's also a great place for doing some sports, like: jogging, biking, fishing, beach...

Venezuela: Busca en Polis

  5 January 2007

Iria Puyosa presents [ES] Polis Venezuela [ES], a customized Google Co-Op search engine which searches through 25 Venezuelan weblogs that discuss politics.

Brazil: Portuguese Slave Trade

  5 January 2007

With the bold assertion that “the history of Brazil is the history of the persistence of slavery,” The Wolf Report dishes out some statistics about the Portuguese slave trade.

Venezuela: Cabinet Shake-up

  5 January 2007

Hugo Chavez announced that Vice President Jose Vicente Rangel will be replaced by former President of the Electoral Board, Jorge Rodriguez. Miguel Octavio says the decision is “another sign that the revolution is about to deepen and will be more radical.” Alex Beech is astonished by the appointment, adding that...

Peru: Chiclaya Chorus Album

  5 January 2007

Creative Commons Peru announced to readers that the [ES] polyphonic chorus of La Inmaculada college in Chiclayo, Perú has released its album with an attribution, non-commercial, no derivatives Creative Commons license.

Peru: Food Books

  5 January 2007

Alejandro's recent visit to Lima coincided with the annual Ricardo Palma Book Fair. He ended up buying over 30 books, some of which he reviews here.

El Salvador: Poll reflects Salvadorans views of democracy

  5 January 2007

Tim Muth takes a look at some of the results from the recent annual Latinobarometro poll and concludes that “the significant lack of satisfaction with government in El Salvador makes the ARENA government susceptible to defeat at the polls in 2009. Yet there is no evidence at all that a...

Argentina: Gancia Ads

  5 January 2007

Robert Wright takes a look at some of the clever ad campaigns of Gancia, “a local brand of vermouth that gets mixed with everything fruity.”

India: Media and Nithari

  5 January 2007

The horrifying case of the murder of children in a place called Nithari has the media bursting with stories. Don't Trust the Indian Media! says “But honestly, the media and political circus around Nithari is becoming a bit sickening. Mikes, cameras and dictaphones being shoved into peoples faces. And as...

India: Media and Dalits

  5 January 2007

Kafila on the politics of oppression and media representation. “The dearth of Dalit journalists in the Indian media is worrying, particularly in the context of increasingly activist role adopted by the media. “

Nepal: Online, Offiline and Politics

  5 January 2007

Democracy For Nepal on the potential role of the organisation that is built online in politics. “Hamro Nepal thinks of the internet as its nerve system, true. But it does not bar its members from doing any of the offline stuff. “

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