Stories from 23 January 2007
Why Independence for Quebec but not Guadeloupe?
Convention pour une Nouvelle Guadeloupe notes (Fr) that French Socialist presidential candidate Segolene Royal has endorsed the Quebecois party's principle of Quebecois independence. The blog continues: “We notice once more the double standard of socialist conservatives who share the goal of Quebecois Independence but reject the same outcome for Guadeloupe.”...
Zimbabwe: what happened to Zimbabwean Pundit?
The three month deafening silence on Zimbabwean Pundit blog is explained, “Over the last three or so months, you have come here looking for a new helping of “the world as seen from the eyes of a Zimbabwean” and have been dissappointed to find no new servings. At first you...
What Salvadoran bloggers are saying — on the 15th anniversary of peace accords
January 16 marked the 15th anniversary of the signing of the Chapultepec Peace Accords which ended El Salvador's twelve year civil war. The event was marked by official celebrations, conferences, rallies and protests. The bloggers of El Salvador had much to say about the events and the country's progress. The...
Cuba: Photo set
Flickr user sergio_serrano has a lovely set of photos from Cuba entitled “Cuba Sí!”
Barbados: Movie stars and unwashed masses
An article about an exclusive Barbados holiday villa in the UK's Times Online gets Barbados Free Press‘s back up with its trumpeting of the villa's private beach and seclusion away from the “hoi polloi”.
Barbados Free Press: The Great Barbados landslip of 1901
Barbados Free Press republishes a newspaper article from 1901 detailing the most dramatic landslip in the country's history, and expresses concerns that it took place not far from the site of a proposed dumpsite.
Bahamas: Leaving the tourism plantation
“All of us can collectively turn our backs by remembering that tourism is a job that we do, it is not who we are. It is a necessary evil, it is not our reason for being. Serving tourists well is not the greatest achievement we can aspire to, and it...
Bahamas: Inspired by Wangari Maathai
Lynn Sweeting is inspired by a letter from Kenyan environmentalist and Nobel prize winner Wangari Maathai, to plant trees in her neighbourhood.
Vietnam: Visiting Hue
Virtual Doug gives us a pictorial tour of the alleys in Hue, the former royal capital city of Vietnam.
Aruba: National park photos
ArubaGirl posts some pictures of Aruba's National Park Arikok.
Malaysia: Website Formed to Support Bloggers
Mavericksym blog introduces a website called bloggers united that has been launched to support the two bloggers being sued by a Malaysian newspaper for defamation. The support site is run by Susan Loone who says “Take heart my friends. Our movement is growing. This black dot in the history of...
Belarus: Eurovision Shame
Turns out some Eurovision contenders are worse than others: according to TOL's Belarus Blog, British music critics think Belarusian entries are “dreadful.”
Croatia: Handball Scandal
Illyrian Gazette writes about a scandal brewing in Zagreb: “…the metropolis might soon share a less welcome characteristic with the Gazette's home town of London: losing out on hosting a world sporting championship because the venues weren't ready in time.”
Russia: The Language Issue
Ruminations on Russia writes about the language issue in Russia: “The problem is apparently that the near abroad prefer their own language and English to Russian and Russian (strange that), and native Russians (whoever they may be – but that's a different topic altogether) have a nasty habit of eating...
Russia: Moscow to Vladivostok on Train
Snowsquare recommends both the real and the virtual Moscow-Vladivostok train ride: “6 days, across 9259km, across 2 continents, 14 oblasts and 8 time zones.”
Latvia: Riga Folk Choir
Dykun posts “footage of members of the folk choir Skandinieki singing this past weekend at a rock that marks one of the spots in Riga where 5 people were killed during a Soviet crackdown on January 20, 1991.”
The world's deepest cave, the Olympics 2014 bid and a lot more – at Sochi Travel Info: Experience the Russian Riviera blog.
Albania: Election Posters
Our Man in Tirana posts pictures of election posters in Albania's capital.
Serbia: The Election
Europhobia and Balkan Baby write on the elections in Serbia.
Belarus: Comedians’ Vlog
Information Policy mentions the creation of the first Belarusian vlog – by a duet of comedians.
The Economist‘s Edward Lucas writes about migration within the EU.