Stories about North America from May, 2010
The Japanese counterpart of Make Magazine, an American quarterly magazine for DIY enthusiasts, organizes a regular event in Tokyo called Make Tokyo Meeting (MTM). The fifth MTM, held at the Tokyo Institute of Technology on May 22-23, was the largest yet, featuring everything from bicycle wheels with LED lights, to complex wooden ball machines, to mechanical robot birds. Check out reports on the event on blogs, Twitter and YouTube.
Windows to Russia turns attention to the only American soldier in the second world war serving in both the US and Soviet armies, who allegedly was also the father of current US ambassador to Russia.
Amanda Ferrandino, an US Fullbright scholar, is finishing her study in Bangladesh and lists 14 things she will miss about Bangladesh when she goes back home.
Rima Fakih, an Arab Muslim immigrant, won the Miss USA Pageant. There are those who considered her award an Arab victory, those who considered her a Muslim disgrace, and others who dug up her past.
During a recent visit to a Maryland school, US First Lady Michelle Obama received a question from a schoolgirl of Peruvian descent, who asked why people without immigration papers were being taken away and who disclosed information about the status of her parents.
Ianyan comments on yet another killing in Los Angeles and says that it's about time that Armenians stopped focusing on the past in order to resolve their problems in the here and now.
American journalist Doug Henwood argues that the political right does better than the left in elections during recession periods in his blog Left Business Observer.
In tough economic times, why would anyone ban industrial farming of a highly profitable and useful plant that requires almost no pesticides?
The University of Puerto Rico's month long protest against budget cuts is still going strong. Through online video the students hunkered down inside the Rio Piedras campus keep the information flow active.
Upon the 5th anniversary of the Huffington Post, five harsh critiques of the infamous U.S. lefty news website on Columbia Journalism Review.
A controversial Facebook campaign called “Everybody Draw Muhammed Day” has irked many Muslims across the world. This has also caused an uproar in the Pakistani blogosphere and many bloggers are questioning the motives, the necessity and the hypocrisy behind this initiative.
American professor Noam Chomsky has been denied entry in to the West Bank by Israeli authorities – Black iris of Jordan comments.
“If Japan is cool now, can it possibly stay that way?” Roland Kelts explains Why ‘Cool Japan’ is over.
Mark Adomanis stumbles upon an atypical “women seeking men” ad on moscow.craigslist.org and writes on True/Slant about “the apparent inability of many Russians to distinguish between plans (or other future activity) and reality.”
Earlier this month an attempted Bomb attack at the Time Square in New York City raised security alerts across USA. A Pakistani-American man was detained in this connection which raised much speculations and triggered a debate on US-Pakistan relations. Pakistani bloggers discuss about stereotypes and how to find a sustainable solution.
Bill writes about Africa Gathering event in Washington DC” “I wrapped up a month of travel last week, including a visit to Washington DC to attend Africa Gathering, a conference highlighting innovation and entrepreneurship focused on the continent…”
The Haitian Blogger asks: “Why does a country with one of the lowest crime rates in the Western Hemisphere need 9,000+ UN troops, US troops and 4.4 million dollars for prisons?”
Several Macedonian bloggers joined the May 9 celebration of victory over fascism in World War II.
RFE/RL's The Power Vertical writes about Russia's plans “to reorient its foreign policy in a more pragmatic and pro-Western direction.” Robert Amsterdam writes about the cooperation between Russia and Turkey.
Angry Chinese blogger comments on the U.S government's accusation of the inflow of low grade technology products, such as fake chips into the U.S military.
SCAOM has a report on a poisoning incident at a subsidiary factory of Wintek Corporation, which is an Apple Computers contractor in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province. The incident is believed to be related with the chemical, hexane, used for cleaning the touch screen of i-Phones