8 December 2007

Stories from 8 December 2007

Brazil: On winning YouTube short film contest

  8 December 2007

Rodrigo Savazoni [pt] takes the opportunity of a Brazilian short film winning the YouTube Project:Direct to talk about the changes brought by new technologies to movie making: “I can only see the bright side of it. Because nobody will stop watching good movies and a lot more people have started...

Trinidad & Tobago: Making Sorrel

  8 December 2007

“Sorrel…is traditionally used to make one of Trinidad and Tobago's most beloved national Christmas drinks,” writes My Chutney Garden, as she guides us through the sorrel-brewing process.

Jamaica: Ten Dollar “Wine”

  8 December 2007

“Yes, these nine to eleven grade young girls are selling their bodies and sexual favours for as cheap as JM$10 (approximately US$0.14)!”: Stunner's Afflictions says “something needs to be done for this trend to stop”.

Guyana: Kaieteur Falls

  8 December 2007

“If there is anything to see in this country, it is this waterfall”: Mark Hejinian makes a trip to Guyana's Kaieteur Falls.

Cuba: Apology

  8 December 2007

Uncommon Sense posts an update on the Cuban church attack: “Archbishop Dionisio García Ibáñez of Santiago de Cuba says…that he had met with Caridad Diego, head of the communist party's religious affairs department, and that apologies had been made.”

Trinidad & Tobago: Human Technology

  8 December 2007

“The Internet is rock steady in its necessity to the human race. But…the fact that we are human means that some things will always remain the same”: Caribbean Public Relations blogs about the importance of transparency in cyber-relationships.

Barbados: Crime and Punishment

  8 December 2007

“Most countries in the Caribbean region have had a long experience of peace with other nations; however, we find that we are increasingly ‘at war’ amongst ourselves”: Living in Barbados examines the reasons behind the region's spiraling crime rate.

Barbados: Turtles

  8 December 2007

“Each time I walk over the Chamberlain Bridge…I glance over the side, hoping to catch sight of a hawksbill turtle paddling about in the waters below”: Gallimaufry considers going swimming with the turtles.

Bahamas: Religion and Violence

  8 December 2007

The current crime wave in the Bahamas has many people citing a need “to turn to God” – Nicolette Bethel refers to studies which suggest that “the higher the religiosity of any society, the more violent that society is.”

Lusosphere: Are you hetero?

  8 December 2007

Earlier this week, Global Voices published an article about an advertising campaign in Guatemala which had raised a few eyebrows among local bloggers. More or less at the same time of this publication, some other bloggers in Portugal were celebrating a victory: the day on which a beer company gave...

Out of Africa

  8 December 2007

“Africa needs not only better leaders, human rights, respect for others. It needs a freer Europe, to be more respected by the West and… globalization”. David Dinis talks about the summit that will gather the 7-nation European Union and the 53-member African Union this Saturday in Lisbon at O Insubmisso...

Japan: Washington Post on the Japanese Blogosphere

  8 December 2007

An article in the Washington Post describes Japanese bloggers as the “humble giants of the web”, a characterization which blogger Adamu at Mutant Frog Travelogue blasts for its inaccuracies and stereotypes. He writes: “this dichotomy of Japan as meek navel gazers and Americans as gung-ho self-branding showoffs is totally false”,...

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