· October, 2007

Stories about Development from October, 2007

Touring Libyan Blogs: Eid el Fitr 2008

  13 October 2007

Fozia Mohamed, our Libya volunteer, is back to blogging after a short break, with news and views from the Libyan blogosphere. Issues covered this week include readjusting to life in Libya after living in the UK, medical ethics and the Maqams - the resting places of 'Saints' and men of religion.

Czech Rebublic: Radar Base, Pro and Con

  12 October 2007

Petr Bokuvka of The Czech Daily Word argues that the Brdy Mountains villagers should welcome the U.S. radar base: “They know they can live without the base and they refuse to even consider what they could do after the base is built. Not just with the money their municipalities receive,...

Taiwan: Freeway Project

  12 October 2007

Michael Turton blogs about a 89 km freeway project between Suao and Hualien. The project has been opposed by environmental groups but back to agenda after the recent typhoon attack.

China: The Richest of the Rich

  11 October 2007

Hurun and Forbes have both published the 2007 wealthy lists of mainland China. A 26-year-old woman as a real-estate developer topped both lists with a rough worth of $16 billion. However, the stories behind the stellar names again arouse public's questions, criticisms and controversies. What is going on beyond the lists?

Uganda: Of Cons, Cars And Losing a Job Because Of a Blog

  11 October 2007

This week, Ugandan Insomniac poses an always pressing question that sets the tone for much discourse, "Why are millions of Ugandans still living in abject poverty when an increasing number of people in the country can afford a brand new set of wheels and personalized number plates every year?"

Moldova: Women's Representation

  10 October 2007

TOL's Moldova Matters reports: “At the present moment, women’ participation and representation in political and social spheres is far from satisfactory and equal. However, some inclinations to eradicate gender-biased approaches are also observed, predominantly among the erudite society.”

Waiting in the PMR

  10 October 2007

Lyndon Allin translates a few posts by bloggers from the PMR, "the secessionist entity (or de facto state, depending on your preferred terminology) located along Moldova's eastern border on a patch of land called Transnistria, Transdniestria, Transdniester, Transdnestr, or Pridnestrovie (again, depending on your preference and politics)."

China: World Record

  10 October 2007

Voice in V360 have a list of Chinese records in the world (zh): 1. accounts for 80% death in mine accidents; 2. accounts for 30% suicide rate in the world; 3. has 7 cities in the top pollution list; etc.

Bahamas: Death of the neighbourhood

  6 October 2007

“The neighbourhood — that locale which is a citizen's larger home … is dying in Nassau,” writes Nicolette Bethel at Bahama Pundit, as she urges a rethinking of urban planning policy in the Bahamas.

Hong Kong: Global City Transportation Network

  5 October 2007

Chu from zoomimagining comments on a talk given by Arjun Appadurai on the global city transportation network (zh). He feels that the situation in Hong Kong is similar to Appadurai's description, the segregation between rich and poor is very serious because of the government's planning policy.

Hong Kong: PLA Berth Won't Open To Public

  5 October 2007

Hoidick from inmediahk.net quoted from the planning department in a public forum that the future People Liberation Army Berth in Central waterfront, wouldn't be opened to public access (zh). Earlier on, top government official openly said that the PLA berth would be opened to public access when it is not...

China: Shenzhen Nailhouse Owners

  4 October 2007

“According to Guangdong province statistics, 98% of all nail house owners die in car accidents.” A shenzhen city government official told the nail house owners who had just received millions of compensation from the developer. ESWN has translated the story from next weekly.

China: Land Price

  4 October 2007

Yaoblog calculated the land price differences between the land expropriation price and the government listed price to the developers (zh). It is up to RMB4-500,000,000. Where does the money go then?

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