17 December 2008

Stories from 17 December 2008

Trinidad & Tobago, Cuba: National Shame

  17 December 2008

“The Prime Minister's gone to Cuba to get a tumor removed. He surveyed the length and breadth of our islands and decided there was neither a well equipped hospital nor one single suitably trained Trinbagonian surgeon in our entire country that could perform the procedure”: Trin calls the move “a...

Bermuda: On Whose Dime?

  17 December 2008

As the Premier sends out Christmas cards to “all of Bermuda's electorate”, 21 Square says: “Such cards would be a very nice touch if I didn't suspect that we're actually the ones paying for it.”

Trinidad & Tobago: Christmas Drinks

  17 December 2008

In preparation for the Christmas season, TriniGourmet.com posts a recipe for Punch de Creme, “another of Trinidad’s traditional Christmas drinks”, while Simply Trini Cooking does the same for Sorrel: “To me Sorrel is synonymous with Christmas in Trinidad and Tobago.”

Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago, U.S.A.: Ducking the Issue

  17 December 2008

West Indian bloggers continue to comment on the Bush shoe-throwing incident. Barbadians Jdid and Cheese-on-bread! are unimpressed with the Secret Service's response time, while Notes from Port of Spain says: “It's a pity that the journalist Muntazar al-Zaidi isn't a better shot.”

Bahamas: Debate Over Death Penalty

  17 December 2008

Doing Theology from the Caribbean republishes a letter from the family of a murder victim arguing “that killing murderers is not the solution to murder”, despite recent protests to resume the death penalty in the Bahamas.

Turks & Caicos, Bermuda, Anguilla: No Confidence

  17 December 2008

The current administration of the Turks & Caicos Islands has been faced with corruption allegations, sparking an independent inquiry by the United Kingdom. Bermudian blogger Vexed Bermoothes has been following the situation closely and posts an interesting update, while Corruption-free Anguilla adds: “The breaking news is that it may be...

Guyana: Blog Proud

  17 December 2008

“There's no doubt about it. The Guyanablogoshere has seen a surge of new bloggers within the past year or so,” writes Signifyin’ Guyana, adding: “I couldn't be prouder of them if I'd given birth to each and every one of them myself.”

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  17 December 2008

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Fiji and New Zealand Bloggers Debate Diplomatic Row

  17 December 2008

Bloggers from Fiji and New Zealand are discussing an ongoing diplomatic row between their governments that intensified when New Zealand refused to grant visas to three family members of senior officials in Fiji's government who came to power in a coup in December 2006.

Guatemala: Favorite Books of 2008

  17 December 2008

Ronald Flores continues his tradition of naming his favorite Guatemalan books of the year and publishes a list of four books that he especially enjoyed in 2008 [es].

Greece: Notes on the Riots

  17 December 2008

Notes on the Greek riots – at LimbicNutrition Weblog: “The riots have been descibed as ‘the first credit-crunch riots.’ Countries with high youth unemployment and a tradition of mass protest (e.g. France, Italy, Spain, Serbia) should be concerned about the riots spreading. From Belgrade to Bordeaux solidarity graffiti warns of...

Russia: Ethnicity, Labor Migration, Human Rights

  17 December 2008

A roundup on ethnicity, labor migration and human rights in Russia: IZO cites death statistics for Tajik labor migrants in Moscow. Moscow Through Brown Eyes writes about an attack on Stanley Robinson, an 18-year-old African-American student in Volgograd – here and here. Window on Eurasia writes about a strike by...

U.S.: Rod Blagojevich's Serbian Roots

  17 December 2008

Gray Falcon comments on the media mentions of Rod Blagojevich's Serbian roots: “In this era of political correctness and mandatory ‘diversity,’ there are still groups (entire nations, really) one is allowed, supposed, or even required to hate. Serbs are one of those groups.”

Ukraine: Coalition-Building Saga

  17 December 2008

A roundup of posts on yet another Ukrainian coalition-building saga: In-depth political analysis from Tetyana Vysotska of What's up, Ukraine?, including the latest item on the newly-formed coalition, which, despite having a name – “National Development, Stability, and Order” – appears to be “not constitutional.” LEvko of Foreign Notes wrote...

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