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· November, 2006

Stories about Ideas from November, 2006

Interview with Kosoof, a leading Iranian Photo Blogger

30 November 2006

Arash Ashoorinia is a leading photo blogger whose blog, Kosoof, won the Reporters Without Borders prize in the BOBs (Best of the Blogs) competition organized by German broadcaster Deutsche Welle. Arash's photos have been published all over the world in publications and on web sites such as the Washington Post...

China: What pols blog, where subways end

26 November 2006

Hexun blogger Guan Jiantao on a city in eastern China's Jiangsu province, where twelve senior government leaders were told to take up blogging, in their own names, following the flood of feedback to municipal Party Secretary Zhang Shixin's recent blog post, in which he criticized the hygiene, spitting, littering, picking...

United Arab Emirates: Road Toll

26 November 2006

Moryarti explains why Road Toll is the solution for horrible roads traffic between Dubai and Sharjah. “If you live in Sharjah, you pay less rent, but in return you get stuck in traffic for at least 3 hours more every day. But with Road Tolls, main roads will clear out...

Bahamas: Better living through travel

23 November 2006

“. . . until we understand why people travel, unless we can step into their shoes, we are going to stay right where we are, and other people are going to catch us up and grow taller,” writes Nicolette Bethel, making the case for Bahamians to become different kinds of...

Shock and Tragedy in UCLA, Murder in Iran

23 November 2006

According to reports in the media, Mostafa Tabatabainejad, a UCLA student, was repeatedly stunned with a taser and then taken into custody after he failed to exit the CLICC Lab at the Powell Library at UCLA in a timely manner. Community Service Officers had asked Tabatabainejad to leave after he...

Singapore: Official Cupid Disbanded

23 November 2006

Coffee and Cigarettes welcomes the demise of a government sponsored match making agency and questions some of the other “top-down” initiatives in Singapore.

Afghan Whispers:War, Drugs and USA election

13 November 2006

According to media insurgent activity in Afghanistan has risen fourfold this year. Afghan Warrior says operations against terror should be expanded in Pakistan.He adds for the first time the Pakistani Air Force conducted an air strike against suspected Taliban in Bajaur, a tribal area of Pakistan, which killed over 80...

Caribbean, Africa: The concept of fine art?

11 November 2006

Afro-Caribbean musician Rasheed Ali ponders the question: what is the concept of fine art in Africa? “For western thinkers and art collectors there may be a sense that these arts pieces are devalued by there sameness. Yet upon further examination we find that the style of many art pieces has...

Iran:TinTin in Tehran

3 November 2006

In Forever Under Construction blog, we can discover one of Zartosht Soltani's art work:TinTin, famous reporter in comic books, in Tehran, an imaginary cover for TinTin's trip to Tehran.

Jamaica: Marley/Rastafari survey

2 November 2006

Geoffrey Philp publishes the results of his Bob Marley/Rastafari survey and posts an “In My Own Words” piece with Jamaican writer Donna Weir-Soley.

Jamaica: An absent skill

2 November 2006

Francis Wade tries to put his finger on the thing he believes makes Jamaicans an “unreflective” people: “Our reluctance to pursue these inner questions leaves the wild contradictions in our lives firmly place. It therefore means that they never get resolved on a national scale.“

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