6 October 2005

Stories from 6 October 2005

Palestine: Checkpoint Death

umkahlil writes about the Palestinian mother, which Bleed to death at Israeli military checkpoint and says that westerners who get their news from headlines won't know that Haifaa’ Daoud Mohammed Hindiya was shot from two meters away at a checkpoint by Israeli soldiers.

Israel: Divest from Palestine

  6 October 2005

Smooth says that a Jerusalem man was kidnapped and murdered by Hamas, and calls Americans, concerned citizens and governments all over the world to organize a comprehensive campaign of economic disinvestment and divestment from Palestine.

Egypt: Democratization in the Middle East

  6 October 2005

Issandr El Amrani from The Arabist Network says that majority of Americans believe their country should not encourage democratization in the Middle East. The poll was conducted by the Knowledge Networks for the Program on International Policy Attitudes and the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations.

Indonesia: Military role

  6 October 2005

Jakartass analyzes a recent presidential speech, and wonders if the Indonesian military may take a higher profile following the Bali bombings.

Malaysia: Well done, son!

  6 October 2005

Jeff Ooi congratulates contemporary dance artist and choreographer Azizi Sulaiman on his scholarship to study dance in the South Korean capital, Seoul.

Singapore: No gay parades

  6 October 2005

Singabloodypore comments on recent comments from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong which appeared to rule out the possibility of a gay parade in the city-state.

Thailand: Scooter rally

  6 October 2005

Stilee at ThaiBlogs.com posts text and photos on a Classic Motor Competition in Betong, Thailand, the highlight of which appears to have been a parade of multicolored, Vespa-style scooters.

China: Track record

  6 October 2005

ESWN reports that Xici Hutong appears to have been shut down, as have many of the phenomena praised on the blog this week.

Cambodia: Cheap laptops

  6 October 2005

Beth Kanter has a follow-up post with debate on whether Negroponte's recently unveiled U.S.$100 laptops would really be a good idea for Cambodia.

Taiwan: Google map row

  6 October 2005

Angry Chinese Blogger posts a long commentary on the row over Google's map of China and Taiwan, on which the latter is labeled as a province of the former.

Zimbabwe: Shocking prices

  6 October 2005

Sokwanele flags a price-list for a typical basket of Zimbabwean groceries, illustrating the average person's daily struggle with inflation.

Kenya: Democracy of darkness

  6 October 2005

What does “darkest part of Africa” mean, anyway? asks What an African Woman Thinks. ” That there’s no electricity? That the people are unenlightened? That they speak a different language, hold different values and subscribe to a different set of beliefs? That they don't know what a television is or...

Kenya: VoIP for all

  6 October 2005

Reports Bankelele: all existing internet service provider licences will be amended by the Communications Commission of Kenya allowing providers to offer internet telephony (VoIP) services.

Rwanda: Invasion of Congo

  6 October 2005

BOB-nominee Black Star Journal finds background links for an article in the UK's Independent newspaper about the Rwandan army's invasion of the D. R. of Congo soon after the genocide. Here, too, mass graves mark the site of past atrocities.

Kenya: Northeastern massacre

  6 October 2005

Afromusing links to a video webcast from a village in northeastern Kenya, where two schoolchildren were reportedly shot in the back of the head by an armed gang, and dozens lie in mass graves. Violence continues in the region, but is rarely reported in the mainstream media.

Bolivia: Tear Gas Used Against Protesters at US Embassy

  6 October 2005

Jim Shultz describes the scene at a protest in front of the US embassy in La Paz in support of a formal request by the Bolivian government to extradite former President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada from the US to stand trial in Bolivia. Bolivian police protecting the embassy resorted to...

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