Stories from 22 February 2007
Alice Backer has praise for the Haitian government's efforts to encourage Haitians living abroad to return to Carnival in Haiti this year, but asks: “why can't it secure the country the same way it did during the 3 “fat”days of carnival all year long?“
Keith Francis posts the results — “as many as can be found” — of the 2007 Carnival competitions in Trinidad.
Kia pays tribute to the recently deceased Henry Fowler, founder of Jamaica's exclusive Priory School, “an old-school Jamaican of colonial days, the sort of person that it is now fashionable to blame for all our ills.”
Alpar reports that Baztab, a conservative site, was filtered by order of Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance.The blogger invites all bloggers and internet users to resist against this illegal act [Fa].
Lully, from Reflexiones al Desnudo, a renowned Colombian blog which has been featured in BlogsColombia as “best blog,” had her blog hijacked and sabotaged this past weekend and it has now disappeared. Where you could previously read well written memoirs and stories with an erotic tint, a message appeared stating...
Democracy For Nepal on the state of affairs in the Terai and the Himalayan double standard. “The political border of Indo-Nepal has divided a single piece of land on globe, but this has not been able to create fence between other spheres of life. The recent family tie-up of “Who...
Indi.ca on the psychology of flaming. “Towards that end, I’ve been trying to figure out ways to engender civil discussion without excessive comment moderation. Moderation is necessary for large blogs, both for spam and flames, but it’s time consuming and annoying. Plus, especially vituperative flamers will post again and again...
Things Asian on kiteflying and Basant in Pakistan. “A man flies a kite at sunset after a day-long kite flying festival, locally known as ‘Basant’, in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore, 09 February 2003, as officials said around 100,000 people from inside and outside the country had arrived in the...
Nepal gets a new headache called inflation says United We Blog!. “While former autocrat Gyanendra and Maoist Guerilla are stealing all the attention for all bad reasons, here comes yet another bad news for Nepal. The central bank says inflation stood at seven percent in the first six months of...
Vadim notes that a new opposition party has appeared in Tajikistan, threatening to overthrow the president in a popular revolt if he does not resign by the spring. Vadim says that this is quite unlikely to find much support among Tajikistan's citizenry.
The Armenian Libertarian-Socialist Movement blog notes the appearance of a new movement calling itself “The Alternative,” and examines whether or not the movement lives up to what it claims to be.
The new Kyrgyz government must turn around the economy says Kyrgyz Report. They ask whether or not Prime Minister Isabekov can pull off the task.
At neweurasia, Yulia discusses reports saying that Kyrgyzstan has the freest media in Central Asia, saying that bad always looks good compared to worse.
You have heard of the cold war and you know what a civil war is. But what is a cold civil war? You need to read about it at Mustapha’s The Beirut Spring here.
Bahrain-based Palestinian blogger Haitham Sabbah was instrumental in making a children's blogging project see light. Read more about the project, which aims to bridge the widening gap between children in the West and East, here.
Saudi-based American blogger Nzingha shows us how it would take a miracle to change her camera to a magic wand here.
Bahraini blogger Mahmood Al Yousif had to endure a flight from Kuwait to Bahrain in a “duct-taped” airplane. To understand what I am talking about look at this picture here.
Bahrain-based blogger Bint Batutta attends two women-only functions in Bahrain and recalls her experiences here.
Egyptian blogger Kareem Sulaiman was today (Thursday) sentenced to four years in prison for defaming Islam and Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak on his personal blog. Despite a support site, petitions and demonstrations in Bahrain, London, Stockholm, Paris, Rome, New York (twice) and Washington DC calling for his release, an Alexandria...
Ethan Zuckerman's reaction after watching The Last King of Scotland: “I saw The Last King of Scotland last night and had been prepared to be pissed off about yet another Africa film with a white protagonist. But Forest Whitaker gives an absolutely extraordinary performance as Idi Amin.”
Afroshangai Blog posts an article about Chinese interest in Africa, “China, unlike just about every other country in the world, has a clear African strategy which is being implemented with military precision. President Hu Jintao’s visit is the third by a senior Chinese leader in twelve months…”