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8 March 2007

Stories from 8 March 2007

Haiti: Make Women's Day Matter

After reminiscing disillusioned early engagements with Haitian feminist groups and an instance where she was not allowed to commission her son's birth certificate without her husband's authorization, Nancy Chapoteau of...

Belize: A Mayan homeland

Godfrey Smith outlines some of the complexities underpinning the establishment of a Mayan homeland in Belize.

Bahamas: Not coming soon to a theatre near you

Nicolette Bethel speculates on why the film Amazing Grace, which touches upon the abolitionist movement, will probably not be shown in the Bahamas.

Barbados: Black and white at Royal Westmoreland

Barbados Free Press takes issue with a luxury resort's portrayal of racial dynamics in the country.

Africa: China vs US

The Varsjinskij Prophecies sees a possible collision between China and the United States in Africa, “The fact that Hu’s visit and the announcement of AFRICOM coincided was most likely a...

Cuba, Cayman Islands: Civil disobedience

Ziva has high praise for the immigration officers in Grand Cayman who violated the Cayman Islands’ memorandum of understanding with Cuba and offered assistance to a group of refugees fleeing...

Jamaica: Debate on marital rape

A parliamentary committee debate on the Act that governs marital rape in Jamaica proves blogger Ria Bacon's point that “ratifying and adopting are easy; actually implementing change is more of...

South Africa: will you come to lead the Boers?

A very controversial post about a controversial South African song, De la Rey: “Up goes the cheer, and then comes the song – an Afrikaans folk number about a Boer...

Africa: women and smoking

Jackie Tumwine asks, “Does tobacco empower the African woman?”: “The low female smoking rates in Africa are due to the social and cultural taboo against women smoking and not due...

Nigeria: open for business

Blogging from TED conference, Ethan Zuckerman writes, “As a precursor to the sorts of African thinkers we’ll be seeing in Arusha at the TED Global conference, we’re honored to hear...

Lebanon: How Much Will a Porcelain Hand Cost?

“I have a friend who had a wonderful idea: he wanted to have his right hand amputated. Very seriously. Went to see a surgeon, said, ‘How much does it cost,...

Lebanon: Egypt's First Lady

Lebanese blogger Asad Abukhalil gives us his two cents on what he thinks of Egypt's First Lady Suzanne Mubarak here. ‘She has such a natural and unaffected personality. She answered...

Lebanon: Saudi's Marriage Amusing

Lebanese blogger Asad Abu Khalil is amused that a 76-year-old Saudi has married a 15-year-old girl.

Armenia: The Best of YouTube

Joshua Kucera continues his user-submitted video tour of the Caucasus with the best of Armenia from YouTube.

Moldova: Martisor and Diaspora

Public Policy Watch writes about Martisor, “the celebration of beginning of spring, life and love in Moldova” by the Moldovan Diaspora in the United States.

Mongolia: Total Eclipse

Mongolia Matters notes that Mongolia will see a total eclipse of the sun in August, 2008, and says that travel companies are already offering tour to see the eclipse.

Latvia: Eurovision

All About Latvia writes about the country's Eurovision Song Contest entry this year.

The Balkans: Eurovision

“Get ready world the former Yugoslav republics are taking over Eurovision!” writes bganon in a comment to a comprehensive review of this year's entries from the region posted at Belgrade...

Bosnia & Herzegovina: Coffee, Music, etc.

London Sevdah writes about the Bosnian way of drinking coffee and other traditions: “In Bosnia everything is fairly special and treated as such by most people – birth of a...

Uzbekistan: School Reform says that plans to overhaul Uzbekistan's school system will lead to more corruption in education.

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