18 November 2005

Stories from 18 November 2005

Turkmenistan: Apologize

  18 November 2005

Rico of neweurasia reports that Turkmenistan is demanding apologies from foreign media outlets for reporting the existence of an Islamic Movement of Turkmenistan. (Probably a sloppy mistake regarding the Islamic Movement of Turkestan.)

Chile, China: Free Trade Agreement

  18 November 2005

The presidents of China and Chile have signed a free trade agreement. Gloria Delucchi writes in El Morrocotudo that she envisions that the region of Tarapacá will gain importance (ES) as unfinished goods are imported from China to be fully assembled and marketed for Chilean consumers.

Brazil: Google and Swarzenegger

  18 November 2005

After opening offices in Mexico and Brazil, Richard Miller says Google News now also has a site dedicated to Brazil. Made in Brazil has some memorable photos of California governor, Arnold Swarzenegger while he was vacationing in Rio.

China: Interpreting the Mascots

  18 November 2005

Mutant Frog Travelogue analyzes the symbolism behind China's recently unveiled five mascots for the Beijing Olympics. “China’s choice also says something about the degree to which its “peaceful rise” diplomacy has been incorporated in creative and non-traditional ways into popular culture. Whether one buys into the message or not, one...

Malaysia: Judging Anwar

  18 November 2005

Ada apa dengan ShinShin? asks whether disgraced former Malaysian deputy premier Anwar Ibrahim is an asset or a liability to the opposition party he associated with.

Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand: Raiding Burmese

  18 November 2005

Burma Underground compares raids on Myanmar refugees and activists in Malaysia and Thailand. “In Chiang Mai, I would sit on the floor at my Kachin friends’ house, and Naw Kham would tell me traditional stories from the Jinghpaw, their tribe. Here in KL, I sit in the kitchen of the...

Singapore: Maid Perceptions

  18 November 2005

Singapore's serialdeviant.org(y) says that a domestic helper ought to be treated as an employee not a servant, and that their employ should be the same as employing anyone else for a job.

South Korea: Graduation Speech

  18 November 2005

Korean-Canadian Jun-Gang of A Canadian-Gyopo's Tour of Duty posts the speech he gave in Korean at his graduation, which discusses why he decided to go to Korea to learn his parent's native tongue: “What’s more important to me though is the one thing I've always wanted to be able to...

Iran: 25000 books got burned

  18 November 2005

Pejvake Khamoush (means silent echo), an Iranian cleric & blogger, writes “According to Mehr News agency 25000 books were burned after fire destroyed library of faculty of Law in Tehran university. (Persian)

Iran: We are Iran book

  18 November 2005

Khabgard says “We are Iran” which is about Persian blogs, is not a reliable source. Book only talks about less than 2 percent of blogs. Khabgard writes Nasrin Alavi's, book's writer, claim that 70 percent of Iranian are young and they want a secular democracy, is based on speculation not...

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