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September, 2005

Stories from September, 2005

Georgia's Democracy Test

  30 September 2005

Democracy Rising says that tomorrow's vote in Georgia for five single member constituencies will be a test for the Georgian government.

Mexico: Criticizing Mexican Culture

  30 September 2005

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.

China: Graffiti ala mafioso

  30 September 2005

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: Shanghai streets

  30 September 2005

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.

South Africa: Fasten your seatbelts

  30 September 2005

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

  30 September 2005

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?

  30 September 2005

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

  30 September 2005

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”.

neweurasia: Turkmenistan

  30 September 2005

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

  30 September 2005

Armenian students are tolerant of corruption says Oneworld Multimedia. In fact, intolerance of corruption increases the chances of a student's marginalization.

Israel: Widening Campaign

  30 September 2005

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.”

Egypt: Protest

  30 September 2005

Referring to recent presidential election in Egypt, Baheyya writes, “In the name of nine million unemployed, your rule Mubarak is void!.”

Jordan: Albawaba Blogs

  30 September 2005

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.

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