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13 December 2005

Stories from 13 December 2005

Hong Kong, South Korea: Protest Blog

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

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

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...

Singapore: Mr. Wang on Marriage

Mr. Wang picks apart the reasons why younger Singaporeans say they don't want to get married.

El Salvador: Who do Salvadorans trust?

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

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...

Vietnam: Hair Ban

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: False Vodka Advertising

Russia Marketing Blog reports that the government is taking steps to stop the marketing of vodka as such things as candy or mineral water.

Russia: The Revolving Door

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.

Russia: Volgas

Carpetblogger reports the demise of a beloved (well, by some people anyway) Russian automobile, the Volga.

Kyrgyzstan: Crippling Credit

Sasha reports on Kyrgyzstan's credit system.

Kyrgyzstan: Economics & Migration

neweurasia's Baktygul discusses economics and migration in Kyrgyzstan.

Uzbekistan: Embargo

Nick reports on efforts by some to enact an embargo on Uzbek cotton at neweurasia.

South Africa

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

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...

Kenya: personal reflections

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...

Nigeria: Book review

Musings of a Naijaman reviews a book by Sudanese writer Leila Aboulela called “Coloured Lights”

Nigeria: Housing sell off

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...

Kenya: Poetry

ThinkersRoom gets into some melancholy poetry…. “The Rain of Tears“….

Lebanon: Personal grieving for Gebran Tueni

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...

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