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5 February 2007

Stories from 5 February 2007

Bolivia: A Cement Obelisk and Frozen Water Balloons

Cities and towns were on the mind of a handful of Bolivian bloggers this week. In December of 2006, the city of Cochabamba rolled out the red carpet and played...

Indonesia: Anti-Chinese Violence in Indonesia

Indonesia Matters points to a new book on Anti-Chinese violence that took place during the mid to late nineties in Indonesia.

East Timor: Reporters Without Borders Report on East Timor

Dili-gence comments on the Reporters Without Borders findings on press freedoms in East Timor and explains why he has no sympathy for the journalists who were in Timor from May...

Malaysia: Influential Blogs

Sabahan uses the blog ranking service at and comes up with a list of top 50 influential Malaysian blogs.

Foreseeing South Africa's Future Hegemony over Africa

Togolese origined France-based blogger Kangni Alem comments on a recent series of workshops on collective knowledge and practices in Africa organized by the Africa Centre in Cape Town, South Africa...

Belize: Taiwan or China?

Belizean – The Belize News Blog publishes an article by Godfrey Smith analysing the benefits for Belize of establishing diplomatic ties with China rather than Taiwan.

Haiti: In praise of Barbancourt

Robert Miller at Haiti Innovation sings the praises of Haiti's famous Barbancourt rum, and quotes from an article which notes the role of Barbancourt in voodoo rituals.

Jamaica: Happy birthday, John Hearne

Geoffrey Philp marks the birthday of Jamaican novelist John Hearne: “He had to tread carefully, I suspect, as a white Jamaican who did not sound Jamaican, in a society that...

Jamaica: Police killings

In spite of the fact that five Jamaican policeman have been killed in as many weeks, bassChocolate finds it hard to empathise.

Jamaica: Paris-Brest-Paris qualifier

Francis Wade completes an 125-mile bike ride in Jamaica as part of the qualification process of the Paris-Brest-Paris race.

Guadeloupe: Dengue Fever/Chikungunya a Threat

Guadeloupe Attitude highlights (Fr) the story of Alexandre, a 6-month old Guadeloupean infant who passed away recently from dengue fever (one of two in the last month) and adds: “Authorities...

Cuba: No visas for American cyclists

Charly Morales Valido reports (ES) on the US government's refusal to grant US cyclists travel permits so they could contest the XXXII Vuelta a Cuba race, which takes place later...

Syria: Al Assad Interview

Blogger Joshua Landis, writing in Syria Comment, informs us that ABC News’ Diane Sawyer was back in Damascus where she interviewed President Bashar Al-Assad.

Bahrain: Mating Parrots

Bahraini blogger Mahmood Al Yousif has appointed himself the official parrot paparazzi. No sexually active parrot is safe from his prying eyes.

Saudi Arabia: Jail and Lashes for Partying

Or Does It Explode..reports that 20 people were sentenced to jail and lashes in Saudi Arabia for attending a party.

Saudi Arabia: C is for Corruption

Why do citizen have to put up with poor services in the same time when a very large part of the (Saudi) national budget is supposedly directed at healthcare?, asks...

Chile: Library of National Congress Chooses Creative Commons

Creative Commons Chile announces [ES] the new website [ES] launch of the Library of the Chilean National Congress. All of the content on the site is published with an “Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike...

USA, Colombia: “Nothing new for Plan Colombia 2″

“About an hour ago, the State Department released the broad outlines of its 2008 aid request. Its so-called “Function 150″ document gives us a rough, but pretty fair, estimate of...

Argentina: “Recuperated Workplaces”

From Global Labor Strategies: “What happens when a group of workers take over their workplace and try to run it without private owners, professional managers, or the government? 10,000 workers...

Much ado in Zimbabwe

There was much ado in Zimbabwe over the last week. Much ado about nothing, that is. The biggest development in the beleagured nation's news was Gideon Gono, the controversial governor...

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