Stories from September, 2005
Georgia's Democracy Test
Democracy Rising says that tomorrow's vote in Georgia for five single member constituencies will be a test for the Georgian government.
Kyrgyzification of Osh
Damian Wampler reports on efforts to claim as culturally and historically Kyrgyz the ethnic Uzbek city of Osh.
Mexico: Criticizing Mexican Culture
Mark in Mexico tries to defend an earlier post in which he was critical of Mexican culture and corruption. Today's post has new examples of cultural deficiency such as unclean ponds on Mexican golf courses.
Vietnam: Spice up your expat life
Bored in a Vietnamese city on a Friday night? Try wandering around bars pretending to be Michael Caine, writes Friskodude.
South Korea: New ambassador
The Marmot's Hole comments on the naming of a new South Korean ambassador to the United States.
China: Graffiti ala mafioso
Tian picks up on a photo from Flickr of an apparent advertisement by a recently released jailbird in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, who wants to join or set up his own criminal organization.
China: New Party school
China Herald takes a look at the new Party school which opened in Shanghai in March 2005.
China: Shanghai streets
Shanghai Sky posts a series of street-level photos on Flickr, including a portrait of the unsung heroes of China's eastern metropolis: the traffic cop's assistants.
Nigeria: Variation on a theme of scam
Via lustig at del.icio.us, a hoax warning about an old Nigerian scam wrapped up in a Palestinian headscarf.
South Africa: Fasten your seatbelts
Says commentary.co.za: “There's a very well-sourced rumour flying about the South African aviation world at the moment about the South African Civil Aviation Administration (CAA) and its alleged failure to meet the standards of the last regular six month safety check up by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).”
Sudan: Death toll rises
The Passion of the Present posts a comprehensive round-up of news out of the troubled Sudanese region of Darfur, where mounted Arab militia gangs are stepping up their attacks on villages and camps.
Zimbabwe: Whither democratic change?
Top opposition political adviser Eddie Cross, guest-blogging on Zimbabwean Pundit, looks at the moribund state of the political opposition in Burma (Myanmar) after 17 years of campaigning for change, and wonders: “Are we destined for a similar fate?”
Katrina: An African writes
africa-aphukira highlights a commentary by African author Mukoma Wa Ngugi on comparisons in mainstream media between New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and “The Third World”.
Forming a Government
the beatroot reports on the negotiations to form a new Polish government.
neweurasia has launched another of its Central Asia blogs (blogs are planned for each country in Central Asia and the Caucasus). The new one covers Turkmenistan, where the latest developments in the country's gas industry are discussed.
Soft on Corruption
Armenian students are tolerant of corruption says Oneworld Multimedia. In fact, intolerance of corruption increases the chances of a student's marginalization.
Winners & Losers in Poland
the beatroot runs down winners and losers in Poland's recent election.
Israel: Widening Campaign
Smooth writes a letter to Muslim and Christian Palestinian Neighbors and says: “Your society has made virtually no effort to understand our narrative. Instead, you have developed what can be called a “culture of denial,” that denies the most basic truths of the Jewish story.”
Referring to recent presidential election in Egypt, Baheyya writes, “In the name of nine million unemployed, your rule Mubarak is void!.”
Chile: “Our PC” Alternative Program
A group of Chilean bloggers have come up with an open source and more affordable alternative [ES] to the government's “My First PC” program.
Jordan: Albawaba Blogs
Ammar announce that the first region-wide (Mideast) Bilingual blogging service is up and running. The service is not officially launched, it's still on beta. Go, test drive Albawaba Blogs.