Alice Backer · June, 2006

My name is Alice Backer. I am founder and former team leader of GV Lingua, which amplifies Global Voices in languages other than English. I used to be Francophonia Editor. I was once an editor of New York University School of Law's Review of Law & Social Change. I have been blogging about Haiti, Haitian-Americans and the Caribbean for 5 years at kiskeácity and I tweet from @kiskeacity. I am also a lawyer and campaign consultant.

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Latest posts by Alice Backer from June, 2006

Haiti: Banking in 1946

  17 June 2006

From Haiti, Marcel Salnave of Parlons Peu posts an article written by his father, also Marcel Salnave, in 1946 on the Haitian banking system. Excerpt (Fr): “Banks have become very demanding and ask for each loan a guaranty that surpasses the amount borrowed. Banks in Haiti … have completely suppressed...

Reunion: Hiking into the Cirque de Mafate

  16 June 2006

Audrey from Reunion Passion posts (Fr) two new sets of photos of her native island: a slideshow of mostly beaches and a gallery of the Caldera of Mafate. She says (fr): “The Cirque de Mafate is synonymous with isolation, solitude and inacessibility. There are only two ways to enter it...

Reunion: Chikungunya Epidemic Confirmed

  16 June 2006

LSZ Blog, a health-related blog covering Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean, writes (Fr): “It seems that Chikungunya fever has reached a quasi-pandemic dimension with more than a million people infected during the past 24 months in a large geographic area encompassing the East-African equatorial coasts, the Indian Ocean islands...

DRC: UDPS Sends Delegations to its Diaspora Branches

  16 June 2006

UDPS Liege posts pictures of recent UDPS meetings involving party delegations from Kinshasa in Liege and Anvers, Belgium. It encourages (Fr) its worldwide members to mobilize for June 30, date of the official end of the UN-led transition: “The plumbing is leaking in the Congo and we have matches in...

French Guiana: French or Brazilian?

  14 June 2006

Yesterday's Soccer World Cup match featuring Brazil was an eye-opener for Carnet de Guyane who blogs (Fr) from French Guiana: “Do I really live in France? (…) Since the beginning of the Cup, Brazilian flags are everywhere. (…) But today was worse. People dressed in yellow and green. Even I...

La Reunion: Living on a Volcano

  14 June 2006

Reunion-USA2 writes (Fr): “When I lived in La Reunion, some wondered whether I was frightened of living so close to a volcano. Well, actually no, you never think about it just like, I think, Californians never think of the ‘Big One’ (gigantic earthquake) that might happen any minute.”

DRC: Opposition Protest in Kinshasa Today

  14 June 2006

UDPS Liege reposts a MISNA article stating(Fr): “A ‘motorized procession’ (…) is currently heading towards the area of Royal, in the center of Kinshasa. The demonstration headed by Etienne Tshisekedi's UDPS party gathers the partisans of many political parties. They demand once again that political talks take place for an...

Martinique: Taxi Antics

  12 June 2006

According to Bien Vu(Fr), individual Martiniquan taxi drivers have a mind and a pricing all their own: “Sometimes, says the blogger, they do not turn on the meter during the ride and the price of the trip depends on their moods, their preference or quite simply your relationship to them....

La Reunion: 150th Anniversary of Agriculture Chamber

  12 June 2006

Jean-Paul of posts pictures of the 150th anniversary of La Reunion's Agriculture Chamber and explains (Fr): “During the 3 days employees of this institution and its President Guy Derand welcome you to the Esplanade of Trinity with a mini-farm, some exhibits and produce tastings. Sunday [June 11] a produce...

Rwanda: Mother and Child

  12 June 2006

Guillaume, an NGO worker in Rwanda, posts (Fr) pictures of Grace, a Rwandan co-worker and newborn Lancelot so that his father who is studying in Belgium can follow his evolution.

Latest in French-Speaking Blogs of the Caribbean and Oceania

  12 June 2006

NEW CALEDONIA Annoella near Gadji, New Caledonia. By Sebastien Merion. A few months ago, we learned that Sebastien and Annoella of 5 minutes en Nouvelle Caledonie got married in Mauritius. Now watch a video of the newlyweds hiking up a hill overlooking the lovely beaches of Gadji. The post provides...

DRC: Pregnant 10 Year-Old?

  10 June 2006

Opposition party blog UDPS Liege posts an email signed by a Gabriel Maindo which blames (Fr) President Joseph Kabila for the unfortunate case of a pregnant 10 year-old: “This is Joseph Kabila's scorecard: a 10 year-old girl prostitutes herself in order to eat. The result is in front of you!...

DRC: Towards a Secession of Katanga Province?

  10 June 2006

Le Blog du Congolais ponders (Fr) the possibility of a secession of Katanga Province : “The neocolonialists have thought of all possible scenarios, especially that of a defeat [in the upcoming presidential election] of the only person who can assure the continuity of their [mining] business, Joseph Kabila, the incumbent....

Senegal: Failed Privatization of State Peanut Company

  9 June 2006

Over at Sunuguerte, Forum sur l'Arachide au Senegal, a blog on the peanut industry in Senegal, contributor Moubarak Lo writes (Fr): “[Privatized peanut venture] Sonacos may fail. Because of the role of the peanut as a wealth creator and as a poverty reducer in the rural world, the government must...

Togo: Soccer Team Demands Bonuses

  9 June 2006

Blogger Kangni Alem onTogo's soccer team (Fr): “Business is business and Togolese players are right, logically speaking, to privilege their bank accounts over the country's honor. They demand bonuses, pay them their bloody bonuses. After all that is the rule of thumb for all other national teams! (…) My advice...

Cote D'Ivoire: Soccer and National Reconciliation

  9 June 2006

Rewmi Abidjan posts an interview with Blaise Compaore, President of Burkina Faso in which he (Fr) denies landing support to rebels in the North of Cote d'Ivoire and weighs in on the Ivoirian soccer team: “The team mirrors pre-conflict Cote d'Ivoire: united, entrepreneurial and open(…) This team will give Ivoirians...

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