Stories from 23 December 2005
Saudi Arabia has long been a major destination for Filipinos seeking work. The PCIJ blog hosts a podcast from a journalist who lived there for three years, on how they deal with their loneliness and isolation there.
Japanduit has colorful photographs of hagoita, wooden paddles used in a traditional Japanese game much like badminton that is played around New Year's. The paddles are adorned with Kabuki images, cartoon characters and representations of celebrities.
danwei prints a post by a publishing consultant in Shenzhen on Cankao Xiaoxi, a Chinese-language digest of articles from world press formerly restricted to the Communist party elite but now available to the public. “But there are three areas in which Cankao Xiaoxi takes liberties,” he writes. “It runs its...
In 2004, China's President Hu Jintao shook the hands of two AIDS patients in a hospital. The resulting exposure changed their lives, and not for the better. EastSouthWestNorth translates a story from China Youth Daily.
I'm Your Huckleberry is a blog in English and Indonesian by a native of Indonesia's rebellious province of Aceh. He's working there for the U.N.D.P. and writes, in one post, “If this success, we can do more for this region, my home land, home of the rebel. Hopefully!”
David Walther reports on the cost of freedom in Uzbekistan..
Russia Marketing Blog discusses how free PR and product placement made a certain Russian brand that has never advertised one of the world's most recognizable.
Alistair reports that demand for dairy is on the rise in Russia while the number of cows in the country is falling.
Glendale Chick encourages people to green light a video on the Armenian genocide submitted to appear on Current TV.
Eduardo Avila says president-elect, Evo Morales was the victim of a crank call, which you can hear for yourself.
PeruBlogs has photos of the latest Peruvian bloggers meetup (ES). Check out the t-shirts.
Acá Fede gives a photographic tour of Montevideo. Todos Puteros, responding to a recent study which found that British girls “abuse” their barbies, sarcastically says (ES) that Mattel still has new markets to explore.
Taking a break from the political dialogue (well, almost), Miguel Octavio (recent winner of best Latino, Caribbean, or South American weblog), Daniel Duquenal, and Oil Wars all wish their readers a very happy holiday season.
Expat Argentina gives an Argentinean perspective of South America's “march leftward” while Matt explains why he is “the chicken.”
Sri Lanka: Tamils in Colombo
Nepal: OS in Nepali!
Nepal: Why Kaplan said what he said
Nepal: Deep Disappointment
Pakistan: Higher Ed
In Free Thoughts, a collective Iranian blog, we read The President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has decided to ban all Western music from his nation’s state radio and TV stations. According to TCS daily, Newspaper columnists attacked Ali Rahbari,who was the conductor of Tehran’s symphony orchestra and chose to perform...
Onnik Krikorian reports on the destruction of an old Armenian cemetery by Azeri soldiers in the exclave of Nakhichevan.