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26 September 2005

Stories from 26 September 2005

Comments problems

Sincerest apologies to anybody who tried to post comments over the past two days. This was caused by an unfortunate technical mess-up on my part while attempting to block a...

China: Shanghai book swap

Sinosplice organized an English-language book-swap in Shanghai at the weekend. Judged a success with a 10-person turnout, the event sadly lacked a participant from Hangzhou and the chance to acquire...

Japan: Hello Kitty lawsuit

“Still more evil from the mouthless one from Sanrio,” report both AsiaPundit and SimonWorld on an intellectual copyright lawsuit brought by Hello Kitty creators Sanrio against a group of Hong...

PolBlog: Local View on Election

PolBlog interviews a Polish voter about last weekend's election.

Hong Kong: Mickey Mouse economics

SimonWorld picks up an article by online financial commentator David Webb, who puts the SAR government's calculations on recent major land transactions–including that for the Disney theme park–under the microscope.

Shamiran

Onnik Krikorian once again made the annual pilgrimage to Shamiran to cover the Armenian Yezidi community‘s late September festival. In addition to a brief report, he brought back many photos.

Singapore: Habeat mulier animam?

Singabloodypore joins what a local media report terms an ‘old debate’ about whether domestic helpers in the city-state need a day off. Via SimonWorld.

China: Rich-poor gap alert

Corporate Social Responsiblity Asia notes that the gap between rich and poor in China has got to what officials in Beijing are calling the “yellow alert” level.

Kenya: IT infrastructure

Bankelele reports that the state-owned Telkom Kenya has launched an Internet telephony, or VoIP, service, and has begun laying a fiber-optic cable connecting Nairobi to Mombasa.

Nigeria: Overpriced taxis

Chippla reports on the emergence of another new street item in the Nigerian capital of Abuja: smart new taxis which are bookable by phone–but unaffordable for the average resident of...

South Africa: Potato famine

Commentary.co.za wryly notes a recent comment from Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe: “We have heaps of potatoes but [the] people [of Zimbabwe] are not potato eaters.”

Uganda: Gulu Walk Day

UgandaCAN is organizing an event called Gulu Walk Day in major cities across the world on Oct. 22 to campaign for peace in northern Uganda.

Sudan: Mounting tension

Aid worker Sleepless in Sudan reports that thousands of Arab camel-herders are gathering near the Kalma camp for displaced persons, while elsewhere in the troubled region of Darfur, rebel militias...

Hetq blocked in UAE

Martuni or Bust!!! reports that Hetq Online is blocked in the United Arab Emirates in the wake of its reporting on the trafficking of women and girls to the UAE...

Strange Things in Azerbaijan

While travelling about Azerbaijan, Carpetblogger encountered a few oddities.

Zimbabwe: Remembering Memory

“Who will remember Memory?”, asks Faithful at Sokwanele, referring to the baby daughter of a Zimbabwean man whose home was destroyed by the government of President Robert Mugabe.

Azerbaijan Election Report

Neweurasia has posted its latest weekly Azerbaijan election report.

Ghana: Entrepreneurial pride

Timbuktu Chronicles highlights the success of an up-and-coming Ghanaian food-processing company, and its conveniently packaged traditional flours and foodstuffs.

Jordan: The Power of Blogging

Wondering how powerful love blogging can be and effect of that on business? Well, here is a good example from Jordan. Jad has a very good example which actually hits...

Brazil: Baile Funk Podcast

Atari has compiled a podcast of her favorite Balie Funk tracks discovered on her recent trip to Brazil.

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