Stories from 19 February 2007
The Guatemala Solidarity Network on Guatemala's “great migration paradox.”
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.
Panamanian web designer Jorge Arango introduces his newest project, Design Across Cultures [ES].
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Vadim takes readers on a tour of the Tajik blogosphere.
Blogster, a blog about motorcycling in Armenia, lists the most dangerous road hazards for motorcyclists in Armenia.
Kronstadt has started the Banana Republic Party to heap ridicule on Gagik Tsarukian’s Prosperous Armenia party.
MediaCritic has two posts (one, two) about the Carib Soca Monarch competition in Guyana, and a few photos (one, two, three, four) as well.
Ever wondered how the ship got into the bottle? Lebanese blogger Mark shows us how here.
Lebanese blogger Liliane is wondering whether politicians can fast or stop doing what they love for the 50 days of Lent.
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...
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.
Abu Aardvark, aka Marc Lynch, has just recorded “a bit for BBC Newshour on a new 27 nation survey of international public opinion on relations between Islam and the West.” For more on the survey and its results, read his post.
Olechko writes and posts pictures of the Western Ukrainian town of Truskavets, as well as Lviv and its Opera House.
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 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.
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...