11 October 2005

Stories from 11 October 2005

Russia: Ordinary Detergent

  11 October 2005

While comparative advertisement is illegal in Russia, using a generic product name featured in a competitor's advertising is not. Konstantin Dlutskiy reports on how this led to the birth of Ordinary Detergent.

Armenia: Asbestos Everywhere

  11 October 2005

After discovering that his roof is asbestos, Ara of Martuni or Bust!!! reports on the prevalence of asbestos in Armenian homes and the costs of replacing it.

Iranian Bloggers are Writing about Cinema

  11 October 2005

Iranian films have been prize winners in festivals for several years. Thanks to movie directors such as Kiarostami, Panahi, Majidi,…Iranian can be proud of their cinema. Each year a few Iranian movies find their way to theatres in the West. Some Iranian directors and cinema students are blogging and share...

China: Xinhua unveiled

  11 October 2005

Simon World picks up on a new report from Reporters Without Borders (RSF) about the official Chinese news agency, Xinhua, which it says is one of the world's largest official propaganda machines.

Philippines: How many bloggers?

  11 October 2005

Yuga takes issue with a recent estimate from the Blog Herald that there are around 75,000 bloggers in the Philippines, promising to come up with some more credible numbers.

Indonesia: Bombing theory deconstructed

  11 October 2005

Paras Indonesia posts a long essay deconstructing prevailing views of Bali as the “natural” location for Islamist suicide bombers to attack Western tourists in their reactions against the forces of imperialism. Kemal Taruc writes: “Many people may choose their preferred explanation as long as they can have peace in their...

China: Lu Banglie beating

  11 October 2005

AsiaPundit defends his fellow hack Benjamin Joffe-Walt, saying the Guardian correspondent isn't reponsible for the beating of Hubei lawmaker Lu Banglie in the southern Chinese village of Taishi. But he also reports some of the angrier comments in the blogosphere and among other foreign journalists that are circulating about his...

Liberia: Presidential elections

  11 October 2005

Liberians vote for a new president, and Chippla says that “an election in West Africa should be a thing of joy.” Who could have imagined this only two years ago when the dictator Charles Taylor was still in power, he muses.

Senegal: Migrants deported

  11 October 2005

Black Looks reports on the expulsion by Spanish authorities of a number of Senegalese migrant workers to Morocco. The move, which she says is illegal, has put the men at risk of further hardship and brutality. “The migrants are now trapped and cornered like hunted animals between the Moroccan desert...

South Africa: Bad night in Jo'burg

  11 October 2005

commentary.co.za posts an anonymous report about the incompetence of the Johannesburg police when answering an emergency call in which a child was at risk from a knife-wielding drunk, sparking debate and some recognition in the comments section.

Sudan: Genocide Intervention Fund

  11 October 2005

The Passion of the Present calls on bloggers around the world to link to the Genocide Intervention Fund to help victims of violence in Darfur, reminding us that 2.5 million displaced people remain too frightened to go home, 3.5 million are in need of food, with the security situation sliding...

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