9 April 2007

Stories from 9 April 2007

Presenting – the new Global Voices web site!

  9 April 2007

If you’ve visited the Global Voices web site before, you may notice that we look a little different. If this is your first time, you'll be happy to know that you’re looking at our new site design, which was launched on Monday 9 April, 2007. We’ve worked hard to create...

Bangladesh: The Cricket Fan

  9 April 2007

a bengali in TO comes up with a list of likely give-aways of a person being a Bangladeshi cricket fan. “You also harbor grand delusions that no matter how bad the scoreboard is, someone will come and smash 100 runs in 30 balls or take 6 wickets in an over....

India: Hale-Bopp, the world and I

  9 April 2007

Windy Skies remembers a fascinating time in 1997 when the Hale-Bopp comet last came around. “I wondered if someone like me sat on this very hill when the comet last visited Earth over 4,000 years ago and as I looked up at the stars twinkling away mischievously I was certain...

Nepal: The Foolish Hope

  9 April 2007

Blogdai bites with characteristic sharpness on the foolish and fond hope that the Maoists may actually change their ways. “During every step of this process, Prachanda has been unbowed, uncompromising and unwavering in his Maoist ideology. What ridiculous sliver of unfounded hope leads us to believe that he would ever...

Bolivia: Exodus Interrupted

  9 April 2007

The exodus from Bolivia recently sped up due to a looming deadline set by the European Union. Beginning on April 1, Bolivians wanting to enter Europe must now secure a visa to do so. No longer could Bolivians that want to find greener pastures, particularly in Spain, could enter as easily as before. With this deadline in mind, many Bolivians rushed to local travel agencies and airline ticket counters to purchase a seat on the next flight to Madrid, but were met with unexpected results.

Sri Lanka: Why SAARC?

  9 April 2007

True Sri Lankan doesn't quite see the point in SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) “The leaders travel lavishly and stay in lavish hotels during the period of the summit and spend quite a sum of the regions citizens tax money on this puppet summit.”

Pakistan: What is a “Progressive Muslim”?

  9 April 2007

iFaqeer attempts unpacking the various adjectives used for Muslims, and wonders what a Progressive Muslim is. “There is one universally applicable Islam. But it is a comprehensive “deen”, a complete way of existing in this world. It is “jaama'e” (comprehensive) and has a complete code for every human being in...

Armenia: Predictable politics and apathetic youth

A lot of things happening in the political landscape of Armenia are anticipated and predictable “by journalists and people on the street alike”, Notes from Hairenik states, building up his speculations around the fact, that this predictability in the Armenian politics leads to apathy, as people do not see their...

Haiti: Cost of Dying

  9 April 2007

Cuaderno Latinoamericano links to an Associated Press story on the high cost of dying in Haiti: “The cost of a funeral is more than most Haitians make in a year, and it costs a good amount just to pick up the body from the morgue.”

Jordanian Blogosphere: An Iris Also Blooms

The seasons are moving forward, the weather is moving forward, and the clocks have all sprung forward for spring. But controversy is in the air these past few weeks on the Jordanian blogosphere… The Arab Observer has a bone to pick with people who harass women on the street, while...

Bahamas: Tribute for Winston Saunders

  9 April 2007

Following the death of Bahamian Winston Saunders last year, Ringplay Productions has committed itself to re-establishing the Repertory Season which Saunders himself instituted in the 1980s in an effort to cultivate an ongoing theatre tradition in the Bahamas.

Aruba: Shopping, Aruba-style

  9 April 2007

Arubagirl gets nostalgic about La Linda , which, to her, represented the glorious disorganization of the Aruban shopping experience: “If one would want an old-fashioned kitchen appliance, La Linda would have it. If you need ponytail holders in obscure colors, La Linda would have it.”

Trinidad, Guyana: Roti Musings

  9 April 2007

Just in case you were confused about the different types of roti (a soft, flour-based nan that is a staple of Indo-Caribbean cooking) Lifespan of a Chennette clears things up.

Guyana, Jamaica: Driving Miss Crazy?

  9 April 2007

Living Guyana drives home his point about the local taxi drivers: “Clearly, the Guyana taxi industry lives by two codes – ‘we'll get you there – dead or alive’ and ‘we'll brake when we hit something'”. And the Jamaican blogger at Stories of Me recounts his own driving woes: “Driving...

Eritrea: Female Genital Mutilation Outlawed

  9 April 2007

Addax posts an article in English announcing the Eritrean government's decision to outlaw female genital mutilation. Adds the blogger [Fr]: “Note that this practice is now condemned by the African Charter of Human Rights in its Article 5.”

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