11 July 2007

Stories from 11 July 2007

Iran:Arabs in Iran

In View from Iran, we read:”The Arabs I met in Iran also seemed to find Iranian culture foreign and odd. “This is not an Islamic country,” they would tell me. “Every Iranian party has alcohol. At private parties, the women remove their hijab (veil)!”

Trinidad & Tobago: Political Alliance

  11 July 2007

Keith in Trinidad toys with the idea of titling his post “Lost Credibility Day”, while Club Soda and Salt thinks that the newly-announced political alliance among several “irrelevant” parties is the “Silly Act of the Week”.

Jamaica: Rock On

  11 July 2007

“Critics seem to want to believe that rock and roll emerged fully formed from the start, but not if that means black people did it. Not if that song is Rocket 88.” Jamaican Marlon James goes back to the roots of rock and roll.

Jamaica: Crystal Rain

  11 July 2007

“Amnesia as a metaphor for cultural and historic rootlessness has been widely used in Caribbean writing and it informs the writing of Derek Walcott and Kamau Brathwaite.” Geoffrey Philp reviews Caribbean author Tobias S. Buckell's new book.

Belize: Customer Service

  11 July 2007

“Before we came to live in Belize, many people here warned us that dealing with officials and businesses could be very frustrating and slow.” Exploring Belize Continues discovers that customer service in Belize always delivers that something extra…

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