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· May, 2006

Stories from Quick Reads from May, 2006

Hong Kong: Bus Uncle and Chief Executive

  31 May 2006

The Bus Uncle video (a video taken on a mobile phone of a young man and older man arguing on the top of a bus) has spread from the internet BBS and blogsphere to the mainstream media. ESWN has a full collection of all the internet products related to the...

Lebanon: Looming Clash

lebanon.profile: published in anger over the recent Israeli bombing of Lebanon, the Israeli threat to bomb Beirut, and the need to call in Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice to halt Israeli military action given the impotence of Hezbollah and the Lebanese and Syrian governments. A dangerous war of ideologies is...

Argentina: Music: Travesti

  31 May 2006

Fernando Casale introduces readers to Travesti: “It means ‘transvestite’ and it’s the name of an Argentinian duo that came out from within the suburbs of Buenos Aires (by the way, neither of them are actual transvestites).” Several of the songs are available in mp3 format.

Czech Republic: Wedding Tradition

David of Prague Blog writes about a fun wedding tradition that the Czechs seem to observe: “After the wedding ceremony, and before the reception, the best man “kidnaps” the bride and takes her to a pub. […] They drink whatever they want, and the groom goes searching for them. If...

Belarus, Russia: IMF Approves of Common Currency

TOL's Belarus Blog criticizes the IMF's approval of the common currency of Belarus and Russia: “Oh, yeah, IMF is not a political body and does not care or understand that ‘currency union’ has nothing to do with economics but only disquises attempt of political incorporation.”

Malaysia: Visiting Sabah

  31 May 2006

Filipino blogger Amelie at manila rat visits neighbouring Malaysian state of Sabah and shares some observations on the differences between Sabah and the Philippines.

Iraq: Incomplete cabinet

Observers and Mohammed do not expect any considerable progress to happen soon and it seems that there will be more obstacles to deal with before the cabinet is complete. It makes Mohammed feels that the sound and smoke of explosions in Baghdad were not enough to wake up our politicians...

Egypt: Hunger Strike Escalates

Hossam el-Hamalawy report that the Egyptian prison authorities cracked down on the hunger-striking detainees in Tora, as the strike escalated, with 13 activists in total taking action on its second day. The strike started on Saturday night/Sunday morning, with six detainees refusing to eat. The prisoners made it clear to...

Mexico: Preview of Open Source Movie Elephants Dream

  31 May 2006

Eduardo Arcos informs his readers that a preview showing of the film “Elephants Dream,” which was made using only open source software and is licensed with a Creative Commons 2.5 attribution license will be shown on Friday, June 2 at Non solo bar in Mexico City.

Peru: Creative Commons Launch

  31 May 2006

With exclamation marks of enthusiasm, Derecho y Cultura Libre desde Perú announces the planned launch date for Creative Commons licenses to be June 27th at the iLaw Peru workshop.

Indonesia: Quake Proof Housing

  31 May 2006

SarapanEkonomi wants the Indonesia government to make people aware of the importance of building earthquake proof houses. The blogger also asks the government to encourage people in quake-prone area to buy disaster insurance by giving them tax breaks.

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