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21 December 2005

Stories from 21 December 2005

Russia: Heavy Traffic

Cyber-Generation reports that it's the busiest time of year in Moscow as people prepare for the holidays and has photos of some of the horrible traffic.

Elections in the Bolivian Blogs

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...

Trinidad and Tobago: Wining

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...

Travels in the Kurdish Blogosphere

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...

China, Hong Kong: Banking Haven

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...

Philippines: Once in a Lifetime

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

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...

South Korea: Not a Barbie Girl

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

At, 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...

Bangladesh: Press freedom

Bangladesh: Press freedom

India: Battling HIV

India: Battling HIV

Bangladesh: What does Bill really want?

Bangladesh: What does Bill really want?

Nepal: Season of protests

Nepal: Season of protests

Pakistan: Rest in Peace

Pakistan: Rest in Peace

Iran: 352 comments & No Post

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...

Iran: More Sites Filtered

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...

Khatami goes Blogging, Air Crash & survivors, Bread & Freedom!

According to Zannevesht, Iranian female blogger & journalist, former President Khatami has decided to go blogging at the end of this week. His blog , Khatamionline, is ready without a...

Congo: Gold

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

Kenya: Scientific maps

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...

Lesotho: cheap imports from China

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...

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