• Malagasy Miray as a reliable and objective citizen media

    In more than one year, some people were trying to post some reliable information and others post information biased by their political affiliation. Malagasy communities around the world were looking for what really happened in their country but they are not satisfied of what Malagasy digital media give to them. On one hand, some news online seems to be reliable. News from Internet website are felt as true and sometimes as scoops.  People think they do not need to verify what they read and they do not need to buy any classic media to crosscheck information. Computers, web and new technologies get up to the highest level of knowledge and…

  • Great nations came after great fight

    I was wondering how former political crisis in Madagascar could really help the country to improve its way of living and its economy. Building a « great » nation is not such an easy thing but it could be very helpful to benchmark what was hapenning to the nations which have known war and big troubles.  Malagasy should learn from the others… When I was in Jozi, I visited the Mandela House in Soweto, I think it is located in Orlando West. This small house is plenty of great symbols. The story is that it was the first house « Madiba » really owned himself and he is very proud of it. 27 or…

  • V-Day Malagasy

    Henoy kely ange e  »Tantaraiko anareo ny nahatonga ahy hankafia ny lalan-kitsom-pahafinaretako. Somary hanano sarotra ihany satria tsy dia ara-dalàna loatra ».  »J’ai été violée par des militaires durant la guerre puis rejetée par mon village, je ne ressens plus rien de mon vagin décharné » “Because despite efforts, women continue to be victims of violence, on the streets, in the workplace, and even in their own homes. »… »Domestic violence is a fact; but the public seems to be moved only by extreme cases in which women are killed-murdered by their husbands under the influence of alcohol or jealousy-as demonstrated by the incidents reported » « Tiako ny zohiko. Tiako ihany koa ny vehivavy. Mazàna…

  • Du riz et de la culture du riz et de la culture du riz et de la culture …

    Free Rice est un site qui vous donne du vocabulaire, sous prétexte de vous entraîner à faire une bonne action: Comment ça marche ? Free Rice est un site initié par les Nations Unies. Son but est d’améliorer le vocabulaire anglais des internautes grâce à un quizz. Le site propose un mot, puis l’internaute doit trouver parmi quatre propositions le synonyme du mot proposé. Pour chaque bonne réponse, les annonceurs de la page versent 20 grains de riz au World Food Program. Plus d’infos ici [en] Be careful, you might get addicted to this site, even if you studied English at the bloody American university of Caïro 😉 . Enjoy…

  • Lost in translation

    Les statistiques de Malagasy Miray montrent que 96 billets sont écrits en français, 26 en Malgache et 6 en anglais. Nous attendons avec impatience le premier billet sur MM qui ne sera pas écrit dans l’une des 3 langues officielles de Madagascar ;). Hélas, il sera aussi indispensabe de demander à l’auteur de traduire le contenu de ce post tant que les traducteurs automatiques ne seront pas optimisés ( le seront-ils-jamais ?). L’importance d’optimiser la traduction automatique est un débat qui a mobilisé un grand nombre d’experts et qui pose aussi des questions complexes auxquelles je ne peux répondre. Alors je voudrais saluer ici le boulot remarquable que les bloggers…

  • Six degrees of separation

    It is the hypothesis that anyone on Earth can be connected to any other person on the planet through a chain of acquaintances with no more than five intermediaries (c.f. wiki). So let’s play this game and see how far we can go. Here is my list of popular or unpopular persons & I know them or did work with/for them at one point or just know someone who knows them. Harrison Ford Madonna Sophie Marceau James Cameron VANF Hearst family Michele Larroque Rossy Johnny Depp Ricky Marc Ravalomanana Vanessa Paradis Lisa Marie Presley Njakatiana Jacques Chirac Tony Parker Bodo Dan Rather Roland Ratsiraka Rachel Bilson Jay Leno Nini Donia…

  • How random encounters can make a difference:

    (Photos via Luke Freeman, BBC) We had an exchange awhile ago with fellow contributors to this blog (Harinjaka, Jogany…) on how little things can sometimes make a major difference. It is called the and it is also the subject of a book, « the tipping point », by Malcom Gladwell (« le point de saturation » in French). Hjk wrote about it ( For the life of me, I cannot retrieve the link), Jogany eluded to it in her last « Thank the skope » post and it is also a part the of underlying simple idea of this blog (right Tattum ?): the people we meet along the blogopshere can lead us to achieve more…