21 December 2005

Stories from 21 December 2005

Elections in the Bolivian Blogs

  21 December 2005

Editor's note: I was so impressed with Miguel Esquirol's summary of blog commentary on Evo Morales’ presidential victory in Bolivia that I asked our ever-growing army of translators to offer up an english version. Juliana Rincón Parra was kind enough to volunteer. What follows below is her excellent translation, which...

Trinidad and Tobago: Wining

  21 December 2005

Some of us prepare for a vacation by poring over travel books, but not the South African tourist who wrote to Caribbean Beat magazine requesting information on “wining” (the gyrating dance Caribbean people do to soca and calypso music – an inability to do it properly is one of the...

Travels in the Kurdish Blogosphere

  21 December 2005

This was my first week of using a feed aggregator for watching the Kurdish blogs and I am not sure how I feel about it. Part of me really enjoyed checking every single blog each week, but it can be terribly time consuming. I set up the aggregator for the...

China, Hong Kong: Banking Haven

  21 December 2005

Sun Bin suggests that China ought to create a Caribbean-style banking and tax haven to add 0.1% to its GDP. He maps out some places in the Pearl River Delta a short trip from Hong Kong that Beijing could consider.

Philippines: Once in a Lifetime

  21 December 2005

Jessica Zafra is discombobulated meeting musician and artist David Byrne in Manila. The ex-leader of the Talking Heads was in town researching a new musical he's writing on Imelda Marcos.

Singapore: Freedom is Not Free

  21 December 2005

Oppositionist politician Goh Meng Seng on his blog Singapore Alternatives writes about the price of freedom: “Freedom is not free. And most importantly, freedom has the element of free ridership in it. Everyone may want it, but all waiting for someone to get it for them.”

South Korea: Not a Barbie Girl

  21 December 2005

As the Seoul Arts Center hosts an exhibit about Barbie dolls, The Asia Pages reminisces about her first encounters and swift disappointment with “Oriental Barbie.”

Vietnam: Imitations

  21 December 2005

At diacritic.org, R. Streitmatter-Tran discusses the embarrassment to Vietnamese art when local award-winning works are revealed to have been plagiarized including one from a work that won an award in Vietnam six years earlier.

Iran: 352 comments & No Post

  21 December 2005

Khatamionline is apparently a weblog where former President,Mr.Khatami, will go blogging. Before he starts to write more trhan 350 people left comments or message for him. You can find anything among them. (Persian)

Iran: More Sites Filtered

  21 December 2005

Reporters Without Borders welcomed an initiative by 13 Iranian deputies who have written to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to protest against censorship of the Internet, which they described as “unconstitutional”.The Iranian representatives urged the head of state, who is guarantor of the constitution, to lift filtering of three news websites in...

Congo: Gold

  21 December 2005

Congo Watch points to a report by the BBC called ” On the trail of DR Congo's ‘cursed’ gold”

Kenya: Scientific maps

  21 December 2005

Kikuyumoja’s realm shares her wonderful discovery of scientific maps of Kenya….and came across a HUGE collection of amazingly detailed maps for scientific use – scanned & published online by the DG Joint Research Centre of the European Commission: the “European Digital Archive on Soil Maps of the World (EuDASM) “....

Lesotho: cheap imports from China

  21 December 2005

Sotho reports on a piece in IOL about the deluge of cheap imports from China and how this is affecting local industries and jobs……..“From South Africa to Lesotho, to Zambia and Nigeria anger is mounting over what one union leader called ‘a tsunami of cheap Chinese goods’ that many say...

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