13 December 2005

Stories from 13 December 2005

Hong Kong, South Korea: Protest Blog

  13 December 2005

Looking forward to the usual WTO demonstrations? Here's a new blog (in Korean and English) by Korean-Americans documenting and accompanying Korean farmers’ protests at the trade meet in Hong Kong.

Japan: Remembering Ronin

  13 December 2005

David Weber at Japundit writes about the Dec. 14 commoration in Japan of the deaths of 47 ronin — an annual tribute to the samurai way.

Philippines, Singapore: Blog Race

  13 December 2005

theory.isthereason follows the race between Singapore's sexy celeblogger Xiaxue and not-as-sexy Mr. Brown for the title of Best Asian Blog: “While such blog awards help us recognize the most popular bloggers on the Internet, these sort of awards technically perpetuate the popularity of the select bloggers.” Commenting on the same...

El Salvador: Who do Salvadorans trust?

  13 December 2005

Tim's El Salvador Blog looks at a recent study by the University of Central America, which asked participants where they placed their confidence. Churches and political parties were far apart.

Southeast Asia: Skeptic's Constitution

  13 December 2005

After Southeast Asian leaders signed a pact to write a regional constitution, Rajan Rishyakaran claims he has an early draft — a skeptical, darker version that describes the realities both the region and its charter would have to answer.

Vietnam: Hair Ban

  13 December 2005

At the Saigon-based art blog diacritic.org, a post bemoaning the year-and-a-half-old law from Vietnam's Ministry of Culture prohibiting radical hairstyles.

Russia: The Revolving Door

  13 December 2005

Scraps of Moscow reports on the revolving Russo-German door–in which Gerhard Schroeder has taken a position with a major (Russia's) Gazprom-led gas pipeline project shortly after leaving office.

South Africa

  13 December 2005

South Africa provides some “food for thought” on South African media.…Four major newspaper groups – Independent Newspapers, Johnnic Communications, Naspers and CTP/Caxton, dominate the South African print media market.

South Africa: Spying in Zimbabwe

  13 December 2005

The Fish Bowl reports on the arrest of a South African spy for running an espionage ring in Zimbabwe! ciommenting “If that's the only thing we, and the people of Zimbabwe, get out of quiet diplomacy, it really has been a waste of time..”

Kenya: personal reflections

  13 December 2005

Feminist African Sister publishes some personal reflections on her life at present…….My body has shut down, essntially saying that this December the brain and soul are on their own. My body is on strike! But in the meantime, the following thoughts have been running through my brain. Not all at...

Nigeria: Housing sell off

  13 December 2005

Chippla's Weblog voices his disgust at the latest privatisation of the housing sector in Nigeria…..”Welcome to the Nigeria of the future where the government will continue to sell off its interests in public companies. And such interests include its holdings in housing infrastructure in the commercial capital of Lagos………Yes it...

Lebanon: Personal grieving for Gebran Tueni

  13 December 2005

Rami writes; Gebran Tueni is not responsible for sectarian divisions in Lebanon. His entire platform was built around unity, a unity that he partially embodied. Those who decry his words are those that stand against a unified Lebanon. To substantively engage what he has said and to call him out...

Kenya: Book reviews

  13 December 2005

African Bullets & Honey posts some critical reviews of “Okri, Naipaul and Arundhati” by one John Dolan and basks in his (Dolan's) particularly unpleasant bushwaking of the three writers..

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