Stories from 1 December 2005
World Aids Day:
World Aids Day – AfroMusing, Kenyan Pundit
Racism: Football (Soccer)
Black Star Journal criticises the Italian Soccer Federation for their failure to deal with racism in Italian football.….”England has long had a terrible reputation for racism and hooliganism at their soccer grounds. But this black eye is a holdover from the 1970s ad 1980s when they truly deserved it. While...
Kenya: Women enrepreneurs
Kenyan blogger Bankekele posts on a recent report highlighting issues around Women Entrepreneurs in Kenya....”.46% of SME’s in Kenya are owned by women who face numerous constraints in establishing and running their business. The goal of the program is to transform women enterprises from being informal and micro-sized, located on...
Uganda: Release Besigye
The Coalition for Darfur reports that the Pan African Parliament has “passed a resolution calling for the immediate and unconditional release of the jailed leader of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Col. Dr Kizza Besigye”
This is Zimbabwe reports that for the first time prevention programmes are finally beginning to help bring down the rate of infection in Zimbabwe. “In Harare, HIV prevalence in women attending antenatal or postnatal clinics fell from 35% in 1999 to 21% in 2004. In rural eastern Zimbabwe, declines in...
UAE: Online Journalism in the Arab World
Shaden attended the Online Journalism in the Arab World conference conducted at University of Sharjah, 22nd-23rd Nov. 2005. She write a very comprehensive review of the event and it's outcome.
Jordan: Feminism in Jordan
Rami say, although there are some shiny and splendid official figures such as women enrollment in education, which accounts for a staggering figure in the vicinity of 90 percent, there are somethings that numbers cannot count. Sadly although women represent half of the society, their chances of finding a job...
China: Modernized Politics
On Anti's English Blog, an article translated from Chinese on how only modernized politics can save China's socialist reform.
China, Japan, Korea: Critiquing Critics
The Asia Pages comments on Asian critics’ negative reactions to Hollywood's choices in bringing the book Memoirs of a Geisha to the screen. “While it would be nice to see a Hollywood production give justice to another culture, it's rarely been seen,” she explains.
Singapore: Execution Eve
As convicted Australian drug smuggler Nguyen Van Tuong enters his last hours before his hanging, Singapore bloggers continue to write about his situation. Says Xeno Boy: It's all about face. Chemical Generation Singapore is sad that a promising discussion about the death penalty was cut short by self-censorship. From a...
Thailand: Media Mogul Misadventures
Over at Sarasonteh, Tom Vanvanij and his commenter, Post Staffer, have been involved in an informative discussion about the present misadventures of former Thai media mogul Sondhi Limthongkul, whose dreams of an Asia-wide media empire collapsed in the late 1990s.
Vietnam: Rickshaw Ride
No Star Where describes being a foreigner riding a rickshaw in Saigon and quotes Pearl S. Buck: “They are such fools they do not know the proper price of anything, and let the silver run out of their pockets like water.”
Iran: Free Samininejad!
Sarzamine Aftab ( means Sun land) (link in Persian) writes about jailed blogger, Samininejad (link in English), who must stay in prison for two more years. Sarzamine Aftab says other bloggers were released from prison because they were famous . Samininejad is all alone and we must back him.
Kazakhstan: Uzbek Border Issues
neweurasia reports on Uzbek-Kazakh border disputes.
Armenia: Discussing the Constitution
Notes from Hareinik has a lengthy discussion on Armenia and democracy in light of last weekend's constitutional referendum.
Uzbekistan: Gas Shortages
Vseuzniy Blog has photos and a short report (in Russian) on new gas shortages in Tashkent. (Background on the situation in English can be found at Registan.net)