19 February 2007

Stories from 19 February 2007

Mexico: Campesinos Protest Gold Mine in Guerrero

  19 February 2007

Mark in Mexico dedicates two posts to the recent protests by villagers in Guerrero, Mexico who are demanding 90,000 pesos per hectare per year for rent of the 700 hectares used by Luismin, a wholly owned subsidiary of Goldcorp.

Argentina: Assimilation

  19 February 2007

After taking a look at Eduardo Galeano's writings about housing for the poor in Buenos Aires at the end of the 19th century, Jeff Barry ponders if today's Bolivian and Peruvian immigrants will be able to eventually assimilate as successfully as the Italian, Russian, and Spanish immigrants a century before.

Kazakhstan: Exile for Aliyev?

  19 February 2007

Sean Roberts discusses the sudden appointment of the son-in-law of Kazakhstan's president as ambassador to Austria and the OSCE, speculating as to whether or not he has been exiled for recent scandalous behavior just as was believed to be the reason for his appointment to the same position in 2001.

Colombia: Blogs Hacked

  19 February 2007

Álvaro Ramírez Ospina tries to stir up support in the Colombian blogging community [ES] for the four bloggers whose websites were hacked and content erased this past weekend. Jorge Gobbi had written about a similar spurt of attacks in the Spanish-language blogosphere two months ago.

Kazakhstan: Memorial Demonstration

  19 February 2007

neweurasia reports on a recent public demonstration marking the first anniversary of the murder of opposition leader Altynbek Sarsenbayev and calling for certain officials to resign and for government organs involved in the murder to be disbanded.

Kyrgyzstan: Kokboru

  19 February 2007

Nikki of the other side of the world posts photos from a game of kokboru in Kyrgyzstan. The game, which is also known as buzkashi or ulak, pits two teams on horseback against each other trying to get a goat or sheep carcass into a goal.

Guyana: Carib Soca Monarch

  19 February 2007

MediaCritic has two posts (one, two) about the Carib Soca Monarch competition in Guyana, and a few photos (one, two, three, four) as well.

Lebanon: Observing Lent

  19 February 2007

Lebanese blogger Rampurple is observing Lent this year. “Let the countdown begin. 49 days left until Easter and until I have chocolate and burgers again. Those are what I am craving for right now. Let’s see how long I will last. It is the first time I fast completely,” she...

Iran Flooding Archaeological Sites

  19 February 2007

Ancient archaeological sites dating back to the pre-Islamic invasion era are about to be flooded in Iran, writes Lebanese blogger Publius Pundit. The writer urges readers to sign an important decision to halt the destruction.

Belarus: Internet Restrictions

  19 February 2007

TOL's Belarus Blog reports on new restrictions imposed by the government on internet cafes and other public access sites: “I hope that our bloggers are smart enough to think about their security before one of them is imprisoned…”

Ukraine: Taranka

  19 February 2007

Ukraine isn't just about salo, it's also about taranka: “While riding the bus in Ukraine, it is a common site to see a guy gnawing on a whole dried/salted fish.” More at Ukraine Update.

Ukraine: Potebenko Gets Yaroslav the Wise Award

  19 February 2007

Taras Kuzio gets sarcastic following president Yushchenko's decision to present a former infamous prosecutor general with an important award – a piece of news Kuzio thought must've been a joke: “Yuriy Krawchenko should be awarded a posthumous medal for his dedicated contribution to transforming Ukraine’s police force into a professional...

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