19 January 2006

Stories from 19 January 2006

Kazakhstan: Dutch Disease

  19 January 2006

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.

Guatemalan Blogs in 2006

  19 January 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 ABC News declared Bloggers as the people of the year, during 2005 blog's growth didn't stop and according to Technorati...

Jordan: Jews tourists

  19 January 2006

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 outer wear. And that will make them stick out like sore thumbs where they would ordinarily pass as European tourists,...

Lebanon: Lebanese can't manage own affairs

  19 January 2006

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 for the Lebanese to manage their own affairs, Kais said.

Taiwan: Taiwan's Myspace.com

  19 January 2006

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

  19 January 2006

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 me as a stranger , where do I belong? Australia maybe?” Read the discussion that follows as well.

China: China is Like a Game

  19 January 2006

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”

  19 January 2006

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 in China” don't come from Chinese companies. “As such, the West, while making demands upon China to open up and...

China: “Geisha” Banned?

  19 January 2006

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 who decry (for different reasons) a Chinese actress portraying a Japanese hostess.

Cambodia: On the Scene

  19 January 2006

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

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