16 September 2005

Stories from 16 September 2005

Interviews With The Diaspora

  16 September 2005

As part of an ongoing series on the potential role of the diaspora in building Armenian democracy, Onnik Krikorian has published his interview with Raffi K. Hovannisian, the US born Foreign Minister of Armenia.

Community Based Tourism in Kyrgyzstan

  16 September 2005

Amira of The Golden Road to Samarkand writes about community based tourism in Kyrgyzstan, a model that is both inexpensive for travelers and that provides direct benefits to local populations, and laments that similar options are not available in neighboring countries.

China: Beijing tabloid

  16 September 2005

Danwei highlights the front page of the tabloid Beijing News, which features a photo of corrective surgery being performed on a three-legged hermaphrodite baby.

China: Shanghai blogger moot

  16 September 2005

China Herald posts a photo from last night's meeting of Shanghai bloggers, linking to participant Brocco Li's account of the event.

China: Guangdong to close mines

  16 September 2005

China Digital Times notes, via the People's Daily, that the authorities in the southern province of Guangdong are to close all coal-mines following a flooding disaster at the Daxing coal-mine earlier this year.

U.S. Treasury fingers Macau bank

  16 September 2005

Barry Briggs at NKZoneblogs briefly about accusations from the U.S. Treasury Department that Banco Delta Asia in Macau is engaged in laundering money for criminal activities by North Korean government agencies and front companies.

Somalia: Political rallies

  16 September 2005

Inside Somaliland reports on two political rallies held to mark the start of campaigning for parliamentary elections in the internationally unrecognized territory, at which Somalia is urged to learn from Somaliland's example.

Zimbabwe: Grass roots action

  16 September 2005

Sokwanele Civic Action posts a story about a Christian activist engaged in helping forced evictees in Matabeleland, who has a brush with the law, with a somewhat unexpected outcome.

Uganda: Release the condoms

  16 September 2005

Human Rights Watch posts an open letter signed by more than 100 groups and individuals inside and outside Uganda, calling on the governments of the United States and Uganda to stop undermining the country's once-successful HIV/AIDS prevention program.

Sudan: Peace deadline passes

  16 September 2005

Sleepless in Sudan posts about the lack of news and the challenge of staying hopeful in the troubled Sudanese region of Darfur, sparking a long comment full of historical background from a Sudanese expat.

Mexican Independence Day

  16 September 2005

195 years ago today, in the town of Dolores, Guanajuato, a Catholic priest named Miguel Hidalgo rang the bell of his church and, in a call for Mexican independence, cried out, “Mexicanos, ¡viva México!” That famous and passionate cry is now referred to as the Grito de Dolores or “Cry...

Qatar: Friends of Al-Jazeera Hacked

  16 September 2005

The Friends of Al-Jazeera website was defaced by Brazilian hackers. Instead of the familiar news stories, the site was replaced by a simple message – “SpyKids of Brazil”. As no political message was posted, it is believed that this was a random attack rather than a politically motivated hack. The...

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