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2 February 2007

Stories from 2 February 2007

Thailand: Soccer Dispute

Metroblogging Bangkok describes the event that caused the latest sporting rift between Thailand and Singapore.

Requiem for a Blogger: Life and death issues from beyond the Portuguese keyboard

“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...

Algeria: The Noble Black

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...

Egypt: Police Attempt to Rape Woman

Arabist writer Issandr El Amrani links a story about the trial of two policemen charged with attempting to rape a woman.

Bahrain: Improve your Vocabulary

Bahrain Rants encourages readers to spend their weekend slipping in new words into their conversations. This weekends gems are: Flummery, Maven and Vamoose.

Video from Benin: Fete des Peuples

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...

El Salvador, Mexico: Hike in Corn Prices

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,...

Brazil: Insensitive Sao Paulo Major

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.

Mexico: Prostitute Stick Ups

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...

Venezuela: Chavez Indefinitely or Path to Reform?

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...

Trinidad & Tobago: Hang them? Then what?

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...

Bermuda: Peeing in a bag?

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 Day in Bahrain: Political Activists Arrested and Released

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...

Trinidad & Tobago: Calypso Fiesta memories

Laura at the Caribbean Beat blog reminisces about Calypso Fiesta, the semi-final event of the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival's calypso competition.

Dominican Republic: Free mixtape

Dominican hip hop blog rihiphop.com offers (ES) a free download of the complete mixtape “Pueto Pa Lo Mio”.

Caribbean: Caricom Blog

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”.

Czech Rebublic: Shawarma in Brno

NvB: Bored in Brno? discovers a cafe that serves Middle Eastern fast food in Brno.

Poland: More on Sex Scandal

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...

Romania: Beer Commercial

Csikszereda Musings links to a video about people and things Romania is famous for – which turns out to be nothing but a beer commercial.

Romania: Traffic in Bucharest

Blog Bucharest points out that Romania's capital is just like any other big city – full of bad drivers and traffic jams.

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