Stories from Quick Reads from August, 2009
After reviewing the country's recent economic statistics, News in Bangkok observes that Thailand's economy remains under recession.
Tour de Timor has 300 registered competitors, 50 International volunteers and thousands of Timorese volunteers. The race was organized to promote peace.
Poet and professor Karen Alkalay-Gut of Tel Aviv Diary features a photographic look at the churches of Jerusalem.
“Israel's always had a little more than its share of hippie tendencies,” writes My Urban Kvetch's Esther Kustanowitz, “From communal living arrangements (kibbutzim, moshavim, the army) to sandals and other footwear… Plus, unkempt beards, long hair, songs about peace.”
Photos from the Aug. 31 opposition rally in Moscow – by LJ user mnog (RUS); drawings and an observation – by LJ user pshevelev (RUS): “A few people are chanting ‘Shame!’ and are being seized [by the police], and the other 60 are taking photos and keeping silent. If you're...
Mr. Singh at Kudimaari blog analyzes the good bad and ugly sides of the positive change in the sex-ratio in Delhi. The turnaround is believed to be a fruit of the local government’s incentive program for girl child called the Ladli scheme.
Mighy African's top 10 Ghanaians songs of 2009: “Ghanaian music is at a crisis. People feel we are sounding too much like Western artistes.”
With most bloggers located in the capitals of the three South Caucasus republics, U.S. Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) have been indispensible in posting entries from the regions of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. However, with old PCVs being replaced by new ones when their service ends, it's often been difficult to...
Corruption-free Anguilla says that a fly infestation at a particular garbage dump “results from a failure to deal with the garbage correctly”, adding: “The culprit is one of our biggest hotel developments.”
“I am still having a hard time wrapping my mind around the fact that yet another woman has been the victim of appalling domestic violence,” writes Abeni, adding: “I can only hope that Debbie's biggest impact will be to mobilise Vincentian women into meaningful action…we simply cannot afford to pay...
Economist Peter Nelson writes about the education system of Vietnam.
Khmerbird gives a few pointers for expats on how to make friends in Cambodia
A Mother in Israel weighs in on breastfeeding in public. “The idea that public breastfeeding should be prohibited because it makes people uncomfortable is as absurd as keeping pregnant women in the house because people might think about how they got that way.”
Consummate blogger Jacob Richman celebrates 25 years in Israel with a reflective timeline.
Max Burns wrote an article on the Iranian opposition's presence in Second Life.
Nana posts a photo of a Ghanaian comedian holding KK 47, a gun made in Ghana.
Abena writes about Busta Rhymes trip to Accra, Ghana: “It is official: one of New York's finest sons, the hip-hop veteran Busta Rhymes will be performing in Ghana on September 12th.”
KnowProSE.com weighs in on the battle between a Trinidad and Tobago blogger and a mainstream newspaper: “I don't necessarily agree with everything Richard writes or how he writes it – but I think that he has the right to express his opinion. When you threaten legal action in a case...
Nicolette Bethel continues to follow Ward Minnis‘ posts on the viability of making a living off of art in the Bahamas, commenting: “In order for this viability really to exist, though, the society as a whole has to buy into the idea of supporting Bahamian culture with more than their...
Trevor Dawes, blogging at Abeng News Magazine, says that “Jamaica is bankrupt” and suggests that “it is as a result of the poor to non-existent leadership from either of the two major political parties.”