· June, 2006

Stories from Quick Reads from June, 2006

Myanmar: Google Blocked?

  30 June 2006

Search Engine Journal links to a Times of India report that mentions Myanmar's blocking of Google's search engine and email service. Referring to China, where Google started a censored local Google.cn service, the editor of Search Engine Journal says “I highly doubt, in this situation, that the blocking of Google...

Philippines: Tourism in Philippines

  30 June 2006

The blogger at pinoysphere invites reader to check out a Philippines tourism video. The bloggers wonders why Philippines does not feature in people's travel plans. “Asian tourist destinations usually featured in Swiss travel brochures and catalogues include Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, India, and even Laos and Cambodia. The Philippines, inhabited...

Thailand: Persistence Pays

  30 June 2006

Boon, a recent graduate in Thailand is happy that he stuck by his decision to study a tougher engineering subject even though initially he wanted to switch over to easier alternatives.

Vietnam: Hanoi Food

  30 June 2006

Noodlepie asks if there is a single Saigonese who loves Hanoi food and manages to stir up an interesting debate.

China: Senior high reflections

  30 June 2006

Recent high school graduate le journal de Ahom blogger Ahom Guo finishes up his four-part look back at his high school years with the discovery that his high school is renowned for its progressive approach to education: “Teachers in Xiao-Shi rarely interfere students’ private affairs, meanwhile in other schools, ‘shit...

China: Those left behind

  30 June 2006

Seen on Andrés Gentry's eponymous blog is a short but wrenching video looking at those left behind in China's mad rush towards development, including video shot by the villagers themselves of those being forcefully evicted and defending themselves from armed attacks by the police.

Hong Kong: Chinese commander charged

  30 June 2006

Following on the heels of a similar case in Beijing recently, as seen in Nathan Madsen's Xanga blog and Confidential Reporter's Confidential China, a high-ranking naval commander in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou has been removed from his post after charges of corruption and keeping mistresses were brought against...

Hong Kong: Shopping technocrats

  30 June 2006

Given that many goods can be found at lower prices in Hong Kong than in mainland China, is it a surprise that the Flagrant Harbour blogger would bump into the Communist Party of China fourth in command Jia Qinglin's entourage in a shopping mall during the leader's visit there this...

North Korea: Art and nature

  30 June 2006

“Unlike a lot of North Korean ‘Juche Art’ which tends to give kitsch a bad name, writes the Kotaji blogger of the same name in ‘Art and nature in North Korea.’ “I actually think some of the book covers from the 50s and 60s are rather nice and accomplished pieces...

China: Uyghurs extradited

“The two uighurs (Yusuf Kadir Tohti and Abdukadir Sidik) detained in Kazakhstan and at risk of extradition to China (against international conventions) have, tragically, been extradited to China. They are at risk,” writes Celia at China Activist Weekly, “of torture or even execution.”

Uruguay: Comments on Blogs

  30 June 2006

Ganimatux, the weblog of a Uruguayan Debian programmer explains why he's been posting less on his own blog recently (ES): “It's true that we don't all have time to read everyone's blog and then also think of a comment, because sometimes there's nothing to say. But, how about a simple...

Venezuela: Translations

  30 June 2006

Francisco of Caracas Chronicles has translated excerpts of a piece by Juan Carlos Zapata, which argues that a new power dynamic is evolving in Venezuela. Another translation comes from Guillermo Parra, who offers the english version of Antonio López Ortega's reflection on Arturo Uslar Pietri and the concept of “mestizaje”...

Iran: Rationing Gasoline

Yek Livan Chaye Dagh criticised government's decision to halt gasoline imports from September 23 and start rationing gasoline supplies to motorists because of budget constraints. The blogger says government wants to reduce about 42 percent gasoline offer in Iranian market. According to the blogger this means more people will need...

Sudan: Condoms hit

  30 June 2006

Sudanese Thinker - the condom debate finallys hits Sudan……”I think the UN should air drop hundreds of thousands of condoms on Sudan.”

Somalia: Rap about war

  30 June 2006

Harowo.com on Somali rapper: “K'Naan: Rapping about war” ” K'Naan's own story is more remarkable than most, involving a harrowing odyssey that would see him exiled from his war-torn country before living in New York's Harlem district and eventually settling Toronto. Having grown up in an artistic family within the...