Stories from 2 February 2007
Metroblogging Bangkok describes the event that caused the latest sporting rift between Thailand and Singapore.
“Oxalis” by Poesie The year of 2007 started with the Lusosphere being surprised by the announcement of the death of a well known blogger. MEG [Maria Elisa Guimarães] became famous as the editor of SubRosa, one of the first-generation blogs in Brazil, and also because of her relentless promotion of...
Algerian blogger Lameen Souag examines the definition of the word black in the Songhay language, which is spoken in and around Timbuktu and in the Sahara. “It would be interesting to examine the connotations of “black” in more languages,” he writes.
Arabist writer Issandr El Amrani links a story about the trial of two policemen charged with attempting to rape a woman.
Bahrain Rants encourages readers to spend their weekend slipping in new words into their conversations. This weekends gems are: Flummery, Maven and Vamoose.
Benin Fete des peuples chap 10 LaFlammeTV posted this video on DailyMotion of this month's Fete des Peuples [Peoples’ Celebration], an event that took place in Cotonou, Benin adding: La Fête des Peuples est une grande manifestation culturelle qui puise sa vitalité à la source dans les variétés caractéristiques des...
Tim's El Salvador Blog takes a look at a variety of economic news stories focused on El Salvador including the rise in corn prices. That rise is also affecting Mexico, writes radio host Ana Maria Salazar: “The Governor of the Bank of Mexico, Guillermo Ortiz Martínez, said that an emergency...
Ricardo Carreón laments the recent comment by Sao Paulo Mayor Gilberto Kassab which he says “poked fun” at a recent tunnel collapse which killed seven people.
Mark in Mexico, who was hospitalized himself recently for “some type of infection”, tells readers of a recent report from El Universal in which Mexico City prostitutes drug and rob their clients.
Miguel Octavio, who is now also publishing selected posts in Spanish, writes gloomily of the so-called “enabling law”: “Two days ago the Deputies of the National Assembly simply gave up their jobs and their own mandate in order to enable Hugo Chavez to rule by decree for an unheard of...
Jeremy Taylor gets to the bottom of the idea being voiced by many in Trinidad and Tobago that capital punishment is a solution to the country's ills — and explains why it's not.
Christian S. Dunleavy traces the source of a Bermuda regiment official's puzzlement over the idea that new regiment recruits are required to “pee in a bag” to the blog of a regiment recruit.
Sandwiched between Saudi Arabia and Iran, Bahrain sure feels it needs to stir up internal politics to keep up with the Joneses. The subtle infighting between its Sunni/Shia population just isn't exciting enough. The simmering mistrust must come to the surface for all to see. And the date for the...
Laura at the Caribbean Beat blog reminisces about Calypso Fiesta, the semi-final event of the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival's calypso competition.
Dominican hip hop blog rihiphop.com offers (ES) a free download of the complete mixtape “Pueto Pa Lo Mio”.
Though not officially affiliated with Caricom, the recently launched Caricom Blog aims to “provide information on the Caribbean Community and all related events, news, meetings and more”.
NvB: Bored in Brno? discovers a cafe that serves Middle Eastern fast food in Brno.
Traveling Life writes of the sex scandal in Poland: “Four. That's how many women have now come forward accusing the leader of the neo-communist Self-Defense party, Andrzej Lepper, of pressuring them to have sex with him. […] how many women have to come forward before the Kaczynski twins and PiS,...
Csikszereda Musings links to a video about people and things Romania is famous for – which turns out to be nothing but a beer commercial.
Blog Bucharest points out that Romania's capital is just like any other big city – full of bad drivers and traffic jams.
Mikhail Khodorkovsky's lawyer Robert Amsterdam comments on Vladimir Putin's annual press conference and writes about Russia's energy politics.