16 January 2006

Stories from 16 January 2006

Afghan Whispers

  16 January 2006

Afghan Reality says that according to a poll released by WorldPublicOpinion.org, 83 per cent of respondents think things in the country are going in the right direction. The blogger adds: “Two imporant considerations must be taken into stock: a greater need for labour intensive programs to tackle the ‘opium economy’...

Taiwan: Chinese Fire Drill

  16 January 2006

Taiwanonymous describes the unique fire escape items used in Taiwan, including a plastic “smoke-free” bag one puts over one's head while fleeing.

China, Vietnam: Character-less

  16 January 2006

Pinyin News translates comments by a Chinese writer who claims that the foundation for Vietnamese culture is “extremely superficial” since Vietnam gave up writing Vietnamese in Chinese characters.

Biking to WSF

  16 January 2006

Colombian ecologists are riding their bikes from Pamplona (Colombia) to Caracas (Venezuela) to attend the WSF. The 8-days tour aims to promote environmentally friendly transportation.

Argentina: Tourism's Good and Bad

  16 January 2006

Jeff Barry writes out his definitive list of 30 things to do when visiting Buenos Aires while Jorge Gobbi takes a closer look at the negative impact tourism can play in the city of Tilcara.

Chilean Elections in the Blogosphere

  16 January 2006

Este artículo fue traducido por Fernando Meza. On Sunday, Michelle Bachelet, the socialist candidate, won the Chilean presidential election over the more conservative Sebastián Piñera with 53.5% of the vote. One would expect the blog reaction to be equally split. Interestingly, when I checked Technorati earlier today, the posts were...

China: Chinese Map of the Americas

  16 January 2006

Frog in a Well, the China history blog, weighs in on the ongoing discussion over a 15th-century map allegedly showing that the Chinese encountered the Americas before Europe did.

China: Coverage of the Zhongshan Incident

  16 January 2006

EastSouthWestNorth posts selections from English-language and Chinese-language (translated into English) coverage of the “Zhongshan incident” — a clash over the weekend between protesting villagers and local authorities in Guangdong province.

Hong Kong: Expatriate Pay

  16 January 2006

The Hong Kong legislature is apparently considering a law to curb the “expat package” — the controversial practice of company offices paying Western foreign workers more in benefits and salaries than similarly qualified locals. OrdinaryGweilo — himself an expat — doesn't think such legislation is necessary given the changing economy,...

South Korea: Presidential Overblog

  16 January 2006

Apparently, South Korean president Roh Moo Hyun has three blogs. Writes Oranckay: “Some have said one of Roh’s biggest problems is that he’s got his head buried in the internet. You know, instead of just governing without constantly trying to be best buddies with The Netizens all the time. I...

Singapore: Blog “Queen” in Another Controversy

  16 January 2006

Recall Xiaxue, who soon after New Year's 2006 started an online petition to ban aerosol foam sprays from Singapore after unhappy encounters with both foam sprays and Bangladeshi foreign workers on New Year's Eve? No you don't. But many Singapore bloggers do. Some have accused her of thinly-veiled racism against...

Vietnam: Noodlepie's Podcast

  16 January 2006

Vietnam-based foodblogger and freelance journalist Noodlepie takes a breather from his usual offerings to expound on blogs and journalism on his blog and in a podcast interview. “Rethink newspapers. Give every journalist a blog,” he writes, in his further thoughts on his new blog space, stillbop.

Uruguay: News Aggregator

  16 January 2006

Pablo Hoffman (ES) has created an aggregator of Uruguayan news (ES) using his own open source project, Noti. The site, called NotiUY has a handy RSS feed.

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