· June, 2007

Stories about Development from June, 2007

Ghana: benefits of telecom liberalization

  18 June 2007

The benefits of Telecom liberalization in Ghana: “Prices have fallen drastically since, with some networks offering starter packs with very wide coverage for as low as 15,000 Ghanaian Cedis (less than $2). Junior Secondary School graduates can now access their high school placement on their mobile phones.:”

More on iSummit Dubrovnik 2007

  17 June 2007

Global Voices author Renata Avila adds another timely update to proceedings at the iCommons Summit in Croatia. There is commentary from non-English speaking sources, which has helped close the information gap for those whose first language is not English.

Kuwait: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

This week's Kuwaiti blog posts swing from good to bad .. sometimes just plain ugly, writes Abdullatif AlOmar. In good news, read how Filipinos in the Emirate celebrated their country's national day; in the bad see how Kuwaiti women are now banned from working after 8pm and in the ugly news, check out the horrible destiny of a police dog.

Bahrain: Don't Press ‘Forward’, Press ‘Search’

What do Bahrainis think of conspiracy theories? How pleased are they with the services their ministries offer and the statements coming out of their ministers' mouths? And what does a Bahraini studying in Japan have in common with a homeless man? To answer these questions read this week's review of Bahraini blogs by Ayesha Saldanha.

Africa: Blogging TED Global

  15 June 2007

Africa's business blogosphere is known for being many things: Diverse Analytical Funny Engaging And the list could go on and on. But one thing that it is not generally known for is uniformity. During the historic week of June 4 – 8, 2007, however, this was all to change –...

G8 Summit: Is the world a better place yet?

  14 June 2007

The G8 (+5) met in Heiligendamm, Germany last week. The world's richest countries came to agreements on climate change and poverty in Africa that are unlikely to satisfy most critics of global capitalism. Global Voices has linked to comments from India, Russia, and Africa in the past week. And people...

Hong Kong: Queen's Pier Preservation Action Elevated

  13 June 2007

Yesterday, a ritualistic demonstration took place at the Queen's pier to show people's determination in preserving the pier via civil disobedient act. Chong from interlocals.net translated the statement by preservation activists. A Chinese version can be found at inmediahk.net.

Hong Kong: Citizen VS Developer

  13 June 2007

Chui Lu-wei reports on my 1510 about the aution of a piece of land in West Kowloon seaside. A local citizen applied for judicial review against the construction of screen buildings in the area as that piece of land provide the only channel for sea wind to enter old district...

Ukraine: Kyiv Street Cleaners Get a Raise

Kyiv street cleaners - all 6,000 of them - will be getting $400 a month from now on. This raise, city administration officials hope, will help hire 3,500 more people needed to keep the Ukrainian capital tidy. Judging by a discussion that erupted after the Ukrainian news website Korrespondent.net ran an item on this salary increase initiative, Kyiv's laborer corps might soon become overstaffed - and many of the new recruits are likely to be overqualified for the humble yet arduous work of a street cleaner.

Egypt: Land Sale Scam

Egyptian blogger Zeinobia writes: “I don't know exactly where we are heading Egypt ,surely we are not heading towards the safe side , no way we are going already in the wrong turn and we seem to be going deep and deep to the bottom faster than ever. Not that...

Cambodia: Oil Discovery and Optimism in Cambodia

  11 June 2007

Borin discusses some of the scenarios if the claims that Cambodia has huge oil reserves comes true. “Now let’s assume that Cambodia has large oil deposit that we call sell it all over the world, what happen next? Here’s what I think:“

China: Taiwanese tycoon behind Xiamen PX

  11 June 2007

Chong from interlocals translated an article from Yazhou Zhoukan about the background of the notorious Taiwanese tycoon operating behind the Xiamen PX project. Earlier in June, Xiamen citizens demonstrated against the construction of the chemical factory campus.

Tanzania: Believe, Begin, Become

  9 June 2007

Afromusing blogs about the launch of Believe-Begin-Become program in Tanzania: “The programs’ goal is to support the youth in entrepreneurial pursuits by providing training, networking, and mentoring through technoserve and in partnership with the government. The plans they are looking for through business plan competitions in Tanzania, ought to be...

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