25 August 2005

Stories from 25 August 2005

The World Reacts to Robertson

  25 August 2005

In the global chatter about U.S. televangelist Pat Robertson‘s remarks calling for the assasination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (for which he later apologized), there is much reflection on religious extremism – and the extent to which it is tolerated in various countries. Calvin Ng, a Malaysian Christian, condemns “Mad...

D.R. of Congo: Girls in armies

  25 August 2005

Congo Girl picks up on a Save the Children report that 12,500 girls are currently involved with both government and non-government troops in the D.R. of Congo, but are seen as “wives” and camp-followers, and are rejected by both their former communities and rehabilitation programs for child soldiers.

Chad: Call for prosecutions

  25 August 2005

Human Rights Watch reports that the Chadian government has promised to remove all the henchmen of former dictator Hissène Habré, and calls for their prosecution.

China: Real names required

  25 August 2005

While Shenzhen-based chat service QQ has been ordered to register the real names of all its customers, it's business as usual for Blogcn, one of China's largest weblog hosting companies, said founder and chairman Hu Zhiguang in BusinessWeek.

Singapore: Blog voyeurs?

  25 August 2005

Newspaper readers are asked whether they agree that “People who read blogs are basically voyeurs who have no lives of their own.” eGen objects to what they called a sweeping statement. “As with most inventions, blogging can be a helpful tool – it depends on why and how we use...