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    Tom's Shoes in Haiti

    Nice blog piece about what really happens to Tom's Shoes in Haiti: The Life and Times of the Mangine Many: One for one? And, hurrah! Tom's Shoes could be available for a mere few bucks at a pulga in Santiago soon!
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    stuff expats say

    Guilty of saying any of these things? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tX-mVObkock
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    Freedom of expression FAIL in Santiago

    Documented for all to see: No quieren molestar a la primera Dama | Facebook 'A mural located nearby a stage where the first lady will be this Sunday the 22 of January in the Nibaje sector of Santiago has been erased by a brigade from the PLD made up of two individuals. Everything appears to...
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    Video: "Rent A Dread" (about female sex tourism in the Caribbean)

    Came across this video about "rental dreads" in Jamaica and Dominica: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtU3m2M1Ivs&feature=player_embedded "rental dreads" = "sankies" A lot of similarities in terms of the dynamics of the relationships seen in the DR and the comments made on here about the...
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    'No Money to Re-Settle Persons Displaced by Lago Enriquillo'

    No hay dinero para asentar desplazados Lago Enriquillo : Cuatriboliao.Net After all of the expensive studies to find the cause of the growth of Lago Enriquillo, 500 families that urgently need to be relocated have been left 'high and dry' by the government. According to the article, a...
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    Remembering Sonia Pierre

    The purpose of this thread is specifically to offer a space to share details regarding the life and death of Solange (Sonia) Pierre, an internationally recognized human rights activist and polarizing public figure. Examples could include upcoming memorials, reactions from the DR and...
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    Amnesty Int'l Spain denounces police killings in the DR

    The awareness campaign they are carrying out is called: "C?llate si no quieres que te matemos: Violaciones de derechos humanos cometidos por la policia en Republica Dominicana" (Shut up if you don't want us to kill you: Human rights violations committed by police in the Dominican Republic)...
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    History article: "What Became of the Taino?"

    Wanted to share this article from Smithsonian magazine (October 2011): What Became of the Ta?no? The Indians who greeted Columbus were long believed to have died out. But a journalist's search for their descendants turned up surprising results... What Became of the Ta?no? | People & Places |...
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    Attitudes toward Alcoholism in the DR

    If you've lived here long enough in a more rural area, surely you've come to know (and perhaps love) the local borracho (drunk). They can be found stumbling down the street on a Thursday at 10 a.m. with a bottle of Brugal blanco or perhaps some cleren if they are low on cash. Some are funny and...
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    A look into the Bateys of the Southwest...

    ...from the perspective of the residents themselves. tvbateyes This site was produced through a project that involved 35 youth in the bateys in the Southwest. They were given technical training in the area of social media communications, and these are some of the videos and photos that they...
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    Laiver needs a special wheelchair and bed...

    Can you help Laiver? Laiver is 5 years old and is from a small village outside the city of Barahona in the Southwest of the Dominican Republic. He lives with his grandma, grandpa and mother in a modest but tidy wooden house with a tin roof and latrine. Grandpa works small areas of farmland...
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    Clinic built by U.S. military in Los Robles abandoned

    This local news article shows the aftermath of a small rural clinic that was built by the U.S. military back in 2006 in Los Robles, Barahona. Policlinica construida por soldados de EU en batey Los Robles en Barahona esta abandonada : Cuatriboliao.Net The clinic, which cost US $72,000 to build...
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    Larimar mines in Bahoruco

    Just wanted to share some interesting and some sad information that I came across recently about larimar, that beatiful stone of the DR. If you don't know what it is, here is an article: Larimar - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia It's interesting because it talks about how it got named and...
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    Colmado Cuisine: Recipes Wanted!!

    I would like some recipes or ideas for food that can be prepared with items that can MOSTLY be purchased at a local colmado. I'm not talking about Dominican food, although I do like it and have seen Aunt Clara's Dominican Cookbook. I like to cook and try new things, and am just getting tired of...
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    Visa Fraud...How does it work?

    I have heard that people here will pay a lot to get a U.S. visa (or residency), as much as US $25,000 through arranged marriages. I have also heard that the DR ranks high for visa fraud, in terms of people making up fake relationships or jobs to get through the process. I know, I know, this...
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    Dominican Immigrants in the U.S.: Poverty, Education and Welfare

    I came across this report a while back, and decided it might be good to share: Immigrants in the United States, 2007: A profile of America's Foreign-Born Population | Center for Immigration Studies It's from the Center for Immigration Studies, and is called: Immigrants in the United States...
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    Sugar (the movie)

    Have you seen it? What did you think? A few sites with reviews and plot summary: Sugar (2008/I) Sugar Movie Reviews, Pictures - Rotten Tomatoes I thought it deserved its own thread. I am NOT a fan of sports movies, or sports in general actually, but I enjoyed it. I decided to see it a few...
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    People of Walmart

    This controversial website is blowing up world-wide: People of Walmart Here is a CNN article about it: Viral Web site mocks Wal-Mart customers - CNN.com When I first saw it, I laughed so hard that I cried. After being in the DR for a few years, it reminded me how over-the-top or "sin...
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    Community Ecoturism Attraction in La Cienega

    I came across some info for this new community ecotourism initiative in La Cienega, a village on the hills by the sea. If you are interested in coming to the Barahona area and getting to know the "real" DR outside of the resorts, this sounds like your chance. You can stay with a Dominican...
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    Malecon renovations in Barahona?

    Supposedly, Turismo is going to invest in the malecon in Barahona... Secretario de Turismo en su ?ltima visita a Barahona, anuncia 120 millones para malec?n : Cuatriboliao.Net My favorite part of the story is where it says: "...manifest? que este es el gran momento para el despegue definitivo...