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19 January 2006

Stories from 19 January 2006

Kazakhstan: Dutch Disease

Ben of neweurasia reports that Kazakhstan is seeking to avoid the problems associated with an economy based on resource extraction by investing in industry with a high value added component.

Tajikistan: Traffic

neweurasia reports that Tajiks are suffering from the increased drug traffic across the country from Afghanistan.

Poland: Plumber Sacked

the beatroot reports that the brains behind the wildly successful “Polish Plumber” ad campaign has been fired by the new government.

Armenia: Yerevan Homeless

Both Zarchka and Onnik of Oneworld Multimedia has additional reports on the homeless in Yerevan.

Albania: Whiskey

Our Man in Tirana cautions that if one finds what appears to high-quality whiskey, it very well may be local rotgut in a good bottle.

Guatemalan Blogs in 2006

This post was originally written in Spanish by Guatemalan blogger, Mauricio Romero. Translation by Juliana Parra Rincón TIME declared 2004 as the beginning of the golden age for blogs and...

Jordan: Jews tourists

Jordan Turns Israelis Away For Being Too Jewish? The answer is of course they don’t want Jordanians to identify them as Israeli tourists and “religious” Jews come with symbols; the...

Lebanon: Lebanese can't manage own affairs

A day after organizing a protest against alleged foreign meddling in Lebanese affairs, Hizbullah secretary-general Hassan Nasrallah told al-Hayat that the cabinet crisis he created proves that it is difficult...

Jordan: Human Rights Teaching

Inaccurate ‘human rights’ teaching in Jordan's national schools textbooks was reported by a Jordanian National Centre for Human Rights, Sabbah said.

Taiwan: Taiwan's Myspace.com

the leaky pen talks about the pros and cons of Wretch, a Taiwan blog-hosting service much like myspace.com that appears to attract not just teenagers but politicians and local celebrities.

Thailand: In-Between

vdaniel writes at Thai-blogs.com about his unease at being an Asian male in the U.S. yet not quite accepted either in Thailand. “If America annot accet me and Thailand views...

China: China is Like a Game

Sinosplice‘s list of things that make living in China like playing a role-playing game has warmed the hearts of China-involved nerds everywhere.

China: Made “in China”

Matthew Stinson approves of a recent Businessweek article that deflates some of the exaggeration surrounding the threat posed by the Chinese economy, including the fact that many products labeled “made...

China: “Geisha” Banned?

Angry Chinese Blogger comments on the indefinite postponement of the opening of Hollywood movie “Memoirs of a Geisha” in China. The movie has attracted a lot of criticism from Asians...

Nigeria: The Persistence of Racism

Black Looks, by Global Voices’ own Sokari Ekine, offers a roundup of posts reflecting on the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and observing the persistence of racism around the...

Cambodia: On the Scene

Cambodia-based blogger Jinja happens to witness an opposition rally — in the midst of a power outage — while typing in a post.

India: Education

India: Education

Bangladesh: Odhikar Report

Bangladesh: Odhikar Report

Bangladesh: 1971 remembered

Bangladesh: 1971 remembered

Bangladesh: Jamaat

Bangladesh: Jamaat

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