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3 October 2005

Stories from 3 October 2005

Armenia: Dispatch from the Music Scene

  3 October 2005

Oneworld Multimedia reports that Bambir's latest concert in Yerevan was excellent, and that despite their popularity with locals and foreigners alike, the band has yet to become popular with Diasporan Armenians.

Argentina: 400 Years of Don Quixote

  3 October 2005

Buenos Aires, City of Faded Elegance posts about the 400th anniversary of the publication of Don Quixote and points readers to 400 Windmills, “a group blog dedicated to discussing Don Quixote.”

Liberia: Campaign trail

  3 October 2005

Black Star Journal comments on why campaigning for the forthcoming Liberian general elections on Oct. 11 is concentrated in and around the capital, Monrovia.

Sudan: Surprise at State Dept. report

  3 October 2005

The U.S. government has decided that Sudan is making progress on preventing sexual violence against women, reports Darfur-based aid worker Sleepless in Sudan, concluding that the State Dept. can't have read a recent United Nations report on the subject.

Uganda: Troops mass near border

  3 October 2005

Following reports that thousands of Ugandan troops are amassed near the country's border with the D.R. of Congo, Uganda-CAN urges the government of Uganda and the United Nations to delay attacks on a group of Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) fighters there, pending negotiations.

Zimbabwe: Senate elections

  3 October 2005

Zimpundit comments that the 66 Mugabe-nominated candidates for the forthcoming senate elections might as well be appointees, now that the government has done away with primaries.

Japan: Geisha Watch

  3 October 2005

Sushi and Sensibility has a two-part interview with Sheridan Prasso, author of The Asian Mystique: Dragon Ladies, Geisha Girls & Our Fantasies of the Exotic Orient.

North Korea: Fake beating video?

  3 October 2005

At NKZone, Seoul-based professor Andrei Lankov airs his doubts about the authenticity of recently blogged video footage, apparently showing North Korean border guards beating a returning defector.

Indonesia: Where democratic minds meet

  3 October 2005

A. Fatih Syuhud is in a low mood following the Bali bombings, but finds the energy to recommend a blog recently added to his directory: Paras Indonesia. “Where democratic minds meet.”

China: Taishi village standoff

  3 October 2005

ESWN posts a detailed chronology and background resource with photos for anyone interested in the Taishi village campaign to remove their elected chief.

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