Stories from 19 March 2007
Armenia: UNDP & Politics
Did the United Nations Development Program get rid of its Information Officer in Armenia for his political action? Onnik Krikorian reports on the removal of the Aylentrank activist and blogger Aramazd Ghalamkaryan (hy) from his position.
Tajikistan: Energy Conservation
Gulru says that something needs to be done about Tajikistan's energy problems and suggests looking at how other countries, such as Thailand, have tackled their electricity shortages.
Kazakhstan: Literary Diversion
KZBlog writes a brief, humorous story on an application for a government grant.
Mauritius: give an egg for a bull
Following a friendship gesture on Independence Day from Mauritius to Madascar, Mauritian blogger at My quest for world presidency, Roushdat, writes: “But Madagascar is itself in quite a difficult posture, how will this country help Mauritius? I just couldn’t understand…At first I thought, maybe the government is fed up bestowing...
Armenia: Homes of the Wealthy
Armenia Blog posts pictures of homes of some of Armenia's wealthiest people.
Lyn Jeffery from virtual China translated a discussion from Sina BBS concerning “People's Congress Delegate Advocates Repealing Concept of Illegal Cohabitation”.
Kazakhstan: Khalfin Exhibit
At neweurasia, Daniel reports on an Almaty exhibition of the works of Kazakhstani artist Rustam Khalfin.
Armenia: Flash Mob
The CRD/TI Armenia Election Monitor reports on Armenia's first flash mob.
Trinidad & Tobago: Farewell, Lloyd Best
Nicholas Laughlin pays tribute to Caribbean intellectual Lloyd Best, who passed away on March 19: “We will desperately miss–because we desperately need, now more than ever–his hard-won but lightly worn knowledge, his insight, his optimism, his humour, his integrity. No one has understood the Caribbean better, and few have lived...
Caribbean, Zimbabwe: Should Zim be allowed to play int'l cricket?
On the eve of the World Cup match between the West Indies and Zimbabwe, Robert Frische at cricketwukup.com asks whether “in light of the atrocities being committed in that country,” Zimbabwe should be allowed to play international cricket.
Bahamas: Ignoring abolition
Nicolette Bethel wonders whether the complete absence of any discussion about the anniversary of abolition in the Bahamas is because it's an election year: “Is it because people on the PLP are afraid to make too much out of it because of the long years of invoking slavery in election...
Brazil: Women's Petition for a ‘Right to Respond’
In order to fulfill Global Voices’ mission regarding neglected media visibility of specific groups we will focus today on a Brazilian contingent which now complains of having had — along with local big media’s complicity — it’s own annual moment of expression and manifestation snatched by the recent visit of the US president to Brazil. George W. Bush’s choice of March 8 as the start of what became known as the ‘ethanol visit‘ to Brazil ended up scrambled with the time when Brazilian Women’s Movements expect to have their voices heard by the society as a whole.
Belize: Saved by grandmaw
With a little help from “grandmaw Florence”, Lee Vanderwalker manages to avoid being mowed down by a landing Cessna on an airstrip in Caye Caulker, Belize.
Cuba: Remembering the “black spring”
Marc Masferrer has a series of posts on the subject of the commemorations of the fourth anniversary of the March 2003 crackdown on dissidents and journalists known as the “black spring”, including one on the “Damas de Blanco” (Ladies in White), and a message from a hunger striking political prisoner....
Bolivia: Taking the Coca out of Coca-Cola and Onto the Seal
Photo created by Andres Pucci and depicts a sample seal should it only contain symbols important to specific regions of Bolivia. Some weeks ago, some Bolivian bloggers became increasingly concerned whether the red, yellow and green of the Bolivian flag might be replaced with the rainbow-checkered flag called with the...
Egypt: Arrested Bloggers Released Following Constitutional Amendment Clashes
Two Three Egyptian bloggers arrested for taking part in a rally to protest constitutional amendments in Cairo have been released , along with other protesters who have been detained for their involvement in the gathering. “The 21 Kefaya detainees were finally released around 6:30pm today, after police agents at El-Dhaher...
Egypt: Remembering King Farouk
Yesterday marked the 32nd anniversary of the death of the last Egyptian monarch King Farouk. Egyptian blogger Zeinobia gives us an insight into his life here.
South Asia: Cricket Victories and Upsets
The Cricket World Cup 2007 appeared to have thrown quite a few surprises up for grabs over the weekend. Ireland won the match against Pakistan, and Bangladesh won the match against India. These outcomes were rather unexpected, especially the former one. The blogosphere has been buzzing with commentary and reflection...
Bahrain: On 300
Bahraini blogger emoodz gives us his thoughts about the movie 300 here. “If you haven’t heard already, the movie has caused quite an uproar amongst modern Persians/Iranians who see the movie as not only something of a fabrication, but also an insult to their history,” he writes.
Tunisia: Anti-war Tourism
US-based Tunisian blogger Leilouta has guests from back home, whom she took to an anti-war protest over the weekend.
Tunisia: Guess the Movie
Tunisian blogger Subzero Blue is inviting his readers to guess to name of the film based on quotes he lists here.