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· March, 2006

Stories from Quick Reads from March, 2006

Bolovia: Airport Protest Photographs

Indymedia Bolivia has lots of interesting photographs and comments (ES) from Cochabamba's Jorge Wilstermann airport, where airline employees are protesting.

Bolivia, Chile: Who Invented the Potato?

Maria Passo has a long list of what she believes are Peruvian cultural inventions that have been “stolen” by Chile. One commenter, Danica says jokingly, “chile sucks. I'm bitter. gimme...

Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela, Colombia, Nicaragua, Mexico: Poll Numbers

Punctual as always, Boz has his Friday poll numbers from across Latin America.

Czech Republic: Making Brno Cleaner

Jesse of Bored in Brno writes about the city authorities’ somewhat irrational attempts to make the city cleaner and shares his own ideas.

Latvia: Tourism Official's Utopian Plans

All About Latvia writes about one official's utopian plans to turn Latvia into Europe's main tourist center. [A belated update: The official's name is Ola Prilof … April Fool!]

Belarus: Lukashenko's Disappearance and Other News

Andrei Khrapavitski, br23 blog and TOL's Belarus Blog write about reports of the first March 25 casualty, Milinkevich's visit to Poland, Polish ex-ambassador's hospitalization – and Aleksandr Lukashenko's disappearance.

Korea: Crime prevention

Robert in The Marmot's Hole questions whether Korea is as dangerous as the Korean National Police Agency's new crime prevention guide for foreigners makes it out to be. “The National...

China: Organ trafficking

Lonnie B. Hodge at OneManBandwidth shares his research on organ trafficking in China.

China: Democratic diaspora

“Who even knew that the [Chinese Democratic Party] existed?” asks Michael from The Opposite End of China, in the midst of a trip back home. “I returned to the Chinese...

Guinea: currency devaluation

Black Star Journal laments about the devaluation of the Guinean franc relative to the US dollar. In the past 20 years, the Guinean franc appears to have lost almost 18,000%...

Peru: Presidential Election

Taking a break from the usual tech focus, Patrice introduces his readers to Sunday's elections in Peru, noting that they will probably lead to a second round runoff. Peru Election...

Venezuela: Op-Ed Translations

Katy of Caracas Chronicles has translated an opinion piece, originally published in Tal Cual by Marino González, a professor at Simón Bolívar University. Venepoetics translates an op-ed, also from Tal...

Belarus: First Detainees Released

Ivan Lenin of Rush-Mush reports on the first prisoners being released from Belarusian jails.

Czech Republic: Flood Updates

Douglas Arellanes posts regular updates from the Czech Republic's “flood front.”

Belarus: Ignore What Seems Like a New “Gas War”

VW at TOL's Belarus Blog advises on how to react to what seems like the beginning of a new “gas war,” this time between Russia and Belarus: “Simply pay no...

China: trans-Asian oil pipeline

Regarding an oil pipeline planned to link Russia and China, with a branch extending through Pakistan into India, the Our Silk Road blogger suggests the old Silk Road could very...

Japan: Kawaii culture

The Japundit takes us into a discussion on the aesthetic sensibility of kawaii. (Kawaii translates approximately as “cute“.)

China: Google News

Musing Under The Tenement Palm‘s Davesgonechina questions the people at Google on how they determine what is to be included in Google News and is not satisfied with their response.

Japan: Corporate culture

Japanese corporate culture gets personal for Riding Sun‘s Gaijin Biker when an analyst at his firm receives an e-mail from a disgruntled ex-employee of one of their clients. “Blaming [investor...

Positive Nigeria

From its warm and friendly citizens, soccer stars, its community spirit, movie industry and musical tradition, ijebuman’s diary celebrates all that is positive about Nigeria.

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