22 August 2005

Stories from 22 August 2005

Abaaya at workplace

Arab Pearl of Chronicles of Life from Oman is discussing the interesting issue of work dress code, of woman at Arab world in general and gulf countries in particular. She asks, why should not dressing Abaya become such an issue especially in countries where the abaya is not enforced upon...

Philippines: Coconet

  22 August 2005

Philippines’ coconut geotextile (coconet) for soil erosion control has been chosen as one of the 12 finalists in Newsweek and BBC World’s World Challenge.

Vietnam: More TV stations

  22 August 2005

Viet Nam Television (VTV) will have eight channels by 2010, and broadcasting time will be increased to 168.5 hours per day, with 80% of total broadcasting time devoted to in-house programmes, reports Vietnamese journalist-blogger Le Quoc Minh. His weblog, Vietnam-journalism, provides insight into journalism in Vietnam including ‘personal stories by...

Vietnam: Enduring culture

  22 August 2005

Vietnamese God is a Hanoi-based Vietnamese who blogs in excellent English and superb photos. Working in the tourism industry, he has grown used to people who choose Wild Rice for the last meal before leaving Hanoi. Recently, he sent off some guests and welcomed new ones. He tells nice pictorial...

Singapore: The right to vote

  22 August 2005

After the Presidential Elections that never were, here comes the awakening: Straits Times political editor Zuraidah Ibrahim argues that the institution of Elected President is not very important, and blames the citizenry's mixed feelings as being “misguided and misdirected”. Her news analysis has aroused discomfort among Singaporean bloggers such as...

China: Wife-swapping

  22 August 2005

China is changing. The increasingly popular phenomenon happening in Guangdong is wife-swapping among white collars made up of lawyers, businessmen and administrators, who are generally highly educated. The mantra: “Neo-polygamy” in order to “fill a void”.

Malaysia: Richard Stallman

  22 August 2005

Richard Stallman, founder of free software movement, will conduct two seminars on “Software Freedom and Danger of Software Patents” in two Malaysian universities later this week.