Stories from 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...
Joanne Rodriguez mourns the loss of jobs in La Vega, Dominican Republic where her mother once worked.
Bjorn's Blog writes about mob rule in Guatemala.
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.
Black Star Journal comments on the release of Moroccan prisoners taken during the conflict in Western Sahara, giving concise background on this little-known story of post-colonialism and occupation.
A blog from Myanmar by Kyaw oo. Not on Aung Sang Suu Kyi, but it's about science, space and astronomy.
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.
“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…
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.
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's parliamentary election campaign is underway. Japundit says ex-PM Junichiro Koizumi is coming out swinging.
Frustrated by the descent into yet another political scandal, a.k.a. Gloriagate, Manila tour guide Carlos Celdran points accusingly at the older generation.
Nepal: Democracy Wall
India: Back from Gujarat
India: Sonagachi Documentary
Bangladesh: Identity and Abroad
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.
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...
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.
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.