19 August 2005

Stories from 19 August 2005

News from Chinese Blogosphere(Aug 14th-20th)

  19 August 2005

1. 60 Anniversary Sino-Japanese War: August 20 was the 60 anniversary marking the end of Sino-Japanese War in World War Ⅱ, lasting from 1937 to 1945. Postshow, the “Boing Boing in China”, summed up the special reports on Chinese internet. Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi apologized for the misdeed done...

Azerbaijan: On Melons

  19 August 2005

Carpetblogger wonders if rumors about nitrites injected into Azeri watermelons are true, or if they make any difference, giving the levels of environmental toxins to be found in the country anyway.

Vietnam: Cottontimer

  19 August 2005

Cottontimer is a Chinese-American who keeps two blogs to occupy her hours as full-time mum in Vietnam – one on her daily life call Cotton Picking Days (read: MSG poisoning), and the other on genetics and public health. She's a former PhD epidemiologist.

  19 August 2005

Counter-culture blog IndCoup touches on Asian values and feels that the Malaysian government is control-obsessed. One of the old tricks seeing new spin is the “pernicious influence of corrupt Western culture“, this time manifesting itself in worm eating common in reality TV.

Thailand: English tests

  19 August 2005

“On an average score of English tests out of nine ASEAN countries, our Thai counterparts came in eighth – just one above the Cambodians”. TV shows don't help much…

  19 August 2005

The e-community for Thai translators has a website at www.wanakam.com (wanakam means literature). It has an excellent link to the collection of Thai literature that had been translated to English, and world literature that had been translated to Thai. Blogger Jeep points us to interpretative translation of Thai poets.

China: Mine Flood Coverup

  19 August 2005

EastSouthWestNorth preserves a surprisingly frank account by a Chinese paper about how mine owners in Ruzhou smothered news about a mine disaster — by paying off both real and pretend reporters.

Japan: Tokyo Noon

  19 August 2005

Japan's parliamentary election campaign is underway. Japundit says ex-PM Junichiro Koizumi is coming out swinging.

Philippines: An Angry Letter

  19 August 2005

Frustrated by the descent into yet another political scandal, a.k.a. Gloriagate, Manila tour guide Carlos Celdran points accusingly at the older generation.

Egypt: We're Watching You Movement

The Arabist Network report the launched of a new movement in Egypt called Shayfeenkum-We're watching you. The movement will provide an avenue for citizens to report any human rights violations, electoral mishaps, and other problems to the media and Egyptian government ministries.

Inside the Japanese Blogosphere

  19 August 2005

Japanese bloggers were able to offer almost realtime accounts of the recent earthquake in northern Japan. Says one Japanese blogger: The fridge door swung open, the goldfish bowl fell off the shelf, and it was just a terrible situation inside the house…There have been a lot of earthquakes here in...

Nigeria: Sex, AIDS and coercion

  19 August 2005

Women's Autonomy and Sexual Sovereignty Movements comments on an op-ed article by a New York Times contributor in Nigeria about women's vulnerability to HIV/AIDS and coercive sex, which is often seen as a cultural norm.

Sudan: Money running out

  19 August 2005

Sleepless in Sudan worries about what will happen if the African Union peacekeeping troops in the troubled region of Darfur don't get paid because of funding shortfalls.

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