2 November 2005

Stories from 2 November 2005

Petroleum alternatives

  2 November 2005

Chippla's Weblog asks what will come after petroleum? He says there are a number of possibilities such as solar and wind power, fuel cells and nuclear energy and even hydrogen. But according to one Professor Levenspiel when petroleum (crude oil and natural gas) reserves become depleted, the only large-scale alternative...

Guess the presidents

  2 November 2005

Mentalacrobatics asks us to guess the Presidents (photo shown of two men wearing ties) which one was George Bush the other Daniel Arap Moi.

Uganda: Kiva

  2 November 2005

Timbuktu Chronicles reports on a microcredit scheme run by an organisation called Kiva. The scheme empowers individuals to make charitable, microfinance loans to rural entrepeneurs. Currently the scheme is only in Uganda

Ethiopia: Riot police attack civilians

  2 November 2005

Friends of Ethiopia reports on the clashes between riot police and supporters of the opposition party in Addis Ababa, on Tuesday. The clashes started after police arrested and revoked the licenses of 30 taxi drivers who participated in demonstrations against the government and claimed the elections were rigged. The police...

Japan: War Crimes

  2 November 2005

A post by Curzon at Coming Anarchy on former U.S. defense secretary Robert McNamara's remorse at helping plan the firebombing of Tokyo starts a discussion about war crimes and war criminals.

Singapore, Hong Kong: Materialism

  2 November 2005

Responding to a news article about indebted Singaporeans, opposition politician James Gomez says that the promise of continued material growth creates a “false belief that debts accrued now can be cleared in the future.” Stardom Dreamer feels that the only thing wrong with materialism is when one overspends, but rethinks...

Southeast Asia: Threat Poll

  2 November 2005

Macam-macam's Fabian Foo discusses the results of his very unscientific blog poll asking readers what they thought were the “greatest threats to Southeast Asia.” Bird flu came in first, while “Chinese dominance” came in second.

Grand Ayatollah Reads Blogs

  2 November 2005

Last week something extraordinary happened in the Persian blogging community. Mohammad Abtahi, a former vice-president of Iran and an enthusiastic blogger was visiting the eighty-something dissident Grand Ayatollah Montazeri in Qom, a religious city south of Tehran. “How is Mr Abtahi's blog doing,” the Grand Ayatollah jokingly asks during a...

Vietnam: Saigon Miracle

  2 November 2005

Both No Star Where and The Rice Bowl get caught up in the miraculous sight sweeping Saigon: the statue of the Virgin Mary in front of the Notre Dame Cathedral is apparently crying.

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