18 January 2006

Stories from 18 January 2006

Hungary: Nationalizing Organs

  18 January 2006

Pestiside.hu reports that Hungary's health minister opposes the country joining Europe's organ transplant matching service, saying that he thinks Hungarian organs, “national assets” as he calls them, should only go to other countries in the rarest circumstances.

The Week That Was – Bolivian Blogs

  18 January 2006

Este artículo también está disponible en español en Blogs de Bolivia Bolivia will not be participating in this year’s World Cup in Germany. In fact, they did not even come close to qualifying, finishing at the bottom of the table in the South American region. Even though footballing success on...

The Kurdish Blogs-The 3 Week Update

  18 January 2006

I have been remiss in my duties to you, dear Global Voices readers, in not posting about the Kurdish Blogosphere for three weeks. Today I will try to catch you up in the ongoings of the Kurds in this new year. As to why I missed my articles, let's just...

Nicaragua: Outsider's Observations

  18 January 2006

Jason Greving of Nicaragua Travels continues his cultural observations with three more notes. Rather than the North American “furrow of the eyebrows,” he says, “here the Nicas have the same concept, but they scrunch upwards with their cheeks.”

Paraguay: Rumsfeld to Visit Again

  18 January 2006

Gilbert Ramirez links to an article which says U.S. Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld will visit the country to “deepen the democratic processes in the region.”

Peru: Festival of Blogs

  18 January 2006

BlogsPerú has brought back the festival of blogs (ES) where one topic is chosen for all of the community to blog about. This festival's theme is “Blogs and Journalism,” which will be discussed until the festival closes on Friday. A summary of the discussion will be published.

Venezuela: The Flag

  18 January 2006

A.M. Mora y Leon has an entire post about the Venezuelan flag, commenting that “no one, not even north Americans or Mexicans, waves the national flag quite as intensely as Venezuelans do.” Daniel Duquenal brings up parliamentary discussion on changing the nation's flag and coat of arms. Finally, Luigino Bracci...

Jamaica: Restorative Justice

  18 January 2006

Jamaica Express announces a lecture on Restorative Justice in Jamaica taking place on Thursday 19 January at the Ames Courtroom, Harvard Law School at 7:30pm. The event is sponsored by the Berkman Center and the featured speakers are Kevin Wallen, Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, and Courtney Kazembe, who, according to the...

Americas: Coffee and Tequila

18 January 2006

Boz has an interesting collection of links related to coffee and tequila in the Americas. The good news for margarita lovers is that the tequila behind the bar should no longer be watered down.

China: Two Rules When Dealing with China

  18 January 2006

Angry Chinese Blogger discusses two rules when dealing with China — never put a Chinese in a situation where they will lose face and never insult Chinese culture — and applies it to China's refusal to give in to the EU's demand that it close its bear farms.

Indonesia: Lobby List

  18 January 2006

Yosef Ardi imagines the wish list of U.S. business lobbyists currently visiting Indonesia, beginning with No. 1: “Boeing: Sell more airplanes to beat Airbus.”

Myanmar: A Changeless Land

  18 January 2006

On the 120th anniversary of the beginning of British colonial rule over Myanmar, Burma Digest translates an article comparing military dictatorship and colonialism. “How’s it different from today? Not much!” writes the author.

Singapore: Closet Agenda?

  18 January 2006

Blogs in Singapore are discussing a recent government grant to a group known as “Liberty League,” formed to help “gays and lesbians understand their sexual identity.” Sayoni Speak, a new queer blog, writes that the group's name is misleading — it's actually a Christian group of ex-homosexuals “trying to ‘stamp...

China, Korea: Mandarin Required

  18 January 2006

The Asia Pages asks: “Who needs to study Mandarin?” While China's rise is important and far-reaching, she admits, Mandarin is difficult for Westerners to learn and Chinese in business meetings that she's attended in Korea have all said they would prefer to use English. “Even the translator messes up on...

Saudi Arabia: Saudi Women at Football Stadium?

  18 January 2006

Something interesting might happen tonight in Riyadh. Saudi Arabia is going to play an international football match against Sweden, which pressured Saudis to allow women to attend the match. Sweden is going to play with their reserve team, as most of their stars refused to join the team for this...