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· September, 2005

Stories from Quick Reads from September, 2005

Georgia's Democracy Test

Democracy Rising says that tomorrow's vote in Georgia for five single member constituencies will be a test for the Georgian government.

Mexico: Criticizing Mexican Culture

Mark in Mexico tries to defend an earlier post in which he was critical of Mexican culture and corruption. Today's post has new examples of cultural deficiency such as unclean...

South Korea: New ambassador

The Marmot's Hole comments on the naming of a new South Korean ambassador to the United States.

China: New Party school

China Herald takes a look at the new Party school which opened in Shanghai in March 2005.

Nigeria: Variation on a theme of scam

Via lustig at del.icio.us, a hoax warning about an old Nigerian scam wrapped up in a Palestinian headscarf.

Sudan: Death toll rises

The Passion of the Present posts a comprehensive round-up of news out of the troubled Sudanese region of Darfur, where mounted Arab militia gangs are stepping up their attacks on...

Katrina: An African writes

africa-aphukira highlights a commentary by African author Mukoma Wa Ngugi on comparisons in mainstream media between New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and “The Third World”.

neweurasia: Turkmenistan

neweurasia has launched another of its Central Asia blogs (blogs are planned for each country in Central Asia and the Caucasus). The new one covers Turkmenistan, where the latest developments...

Winners & Losers in Poland

the beatroot runs down winners and losers in Poland's recent election.

Egypt: Protest

Referring to recent presidential election in Egypt, Baheyya writes, “In the name of nine million unemployed, your rule Mubarak is void!.”

Kyrgyzification of Osh

Damian Wampler reports on efforts to claim as culturally and historically Kyrgyz the ethnic Uzbek city of Osh.

Vietnam: Spice up your expat life

Bored in a Vietnamese city on a Friday night? Try wandering around bars pretending to be Michael Caine, writes Friskodude.

China: Graffiti ala mafioso

Tian picks up on a photo from Flickr of an apparent advertisement by a recently released jailbird in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, who wants to join or set...

China: Shanghai streets

Shanghai Sky posts a series of street-level photos on Flickr, including a portrait of the unsung heroes of China's eastern metropolis: the traffic cop's assistants.

South Africa: Fasten your seatbelts

Says commentary.co.za: “There's a very well-sourced rumour flying about the South African aviation world at the moment about the South African Civil Aviation Administration (CAA) and its alleged failure to...

Zimbabwe: Whither democratic change?

Top opposition political adviser Eddie Cross, guest-blogging on Zimbabwean Pundit, looks at the moribund state of the political opposition in Burma (Myanmar) after 17 years of campaigning for change, and...

Forming a Government

the beatroot reports on the negotiations to form a new Polish government.

Soft on Corruption

Armenian students are tolerant of corruption says Oneworld Multimedia. In fact, intolerance of corruption increases the chances of a student's marginalization.

Israel: Widening Campaign

Smooth writes a letter to Muslim and Christian Palestinian Neighbors and says: “Your society has made virtually no effort to understand our narrative. Instead, you have developed what can be...

Chile: “Our PC” Alternative Program

A group of Chilean bloggers have come up with an open source and more affordable alternative [ES] to the government's “My First PC” program.

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