Stories from 26 January 2006
Orange Ukraine reports on the Pora political party's stance on the issues going into the next election.
the beatroot reports that alternative medicines like the use of leeches is on the rise in Poland and that alongside the growing popularity of these treatments is a rise in the number of cancer patients who die after refusing conventional treatment.
Toutatis claims that a recent headline at the major daily, Clarín plays on Argentine stereotypes towards rugby players. Not an isolated incident, Toutatis hopes that protests throughout the blogosphere will hold national and local papers responsible for their sloppy journalism and misleading headlines.
India: Culture Vulture
India: Remembering Cellular Jail
Bangladesh: Winds of change
Bangladesh: Bibi Russel
Nepal: Protesting in its various forms
Imagethief supports Google launching a special, restricted version of its search for China. He explains why.
Beijing Loafer (formerly Chinafool) translates a comment (ZH) from a Chinese blogger to his post on the contrast between China's ideological past and its materialist present: “I’d like to say, that our generation has been ruthlessly deformed into panda bears. I hope the next generation will be able to openly...
Kanbawza Win, at Burma Digest, tries to uncover the reasons for the ruling junta's decision to move Myanmar's capital from Yangon to Pyinmana.
Note from the peanut gallery says that although surrounded by privilege, he grew up “poor” because his mother wanted to teach him the value of striving.
From a Singapore Angle explains that, when Singapore policy makers say that the country's path follows a “Confucian” way or reflects Asian values, it's really talking not to Singaporeans or to other Asians but to world opinion leaders, particularly that of the Liberal West.
Roland Soong discussed an article from Hong Kong's Apple Daily tabloid saying that the Taipei City Government had a page on its website teaching foreigners how to hit on local girls. The story — and Roland — drew much fire and criticism from foreigners blogging in Taiwan. Read their comments...
The African Union under pressure not to elect Sudan as AU chair has now elected the President of Congo-Brazzaville, Denis Sassou-Nguesso who also has an negative human rights record. Black Star Journal names a few leaders that would have been a better choice - Thabo Mbeki, John Kuffour, Abdoulaye Wade,...
Timbuktu Chronicles points to a Ugandan organisation, Uganda Crafts, “managed by disadvantaged people that helps disadvantaged people. The majority of the artisans are either people who are disabled, widowed or young.”
CyBlug comments on the change in young MTV African watchers who now aspire to own “Hummers” talk like American hip hop artists and dress similarly.
Bankelele reports on new strategies by Europe and American in giving aid to developing countries….”he European Union will set up its own trust fund to disburse aid to Africa without reference to the World Bank ..The US plans to re-deploy diplomats from Europe and send them to developing countries.
African HOUSEIT reports on street battles in Mabopane, outside Pretoria. Township residents battled with police as “they vented their anger over about poor services, and housing delivery”.
Prophecy eludes Kenya once again writes The Girl in the Meadow. “Kikuyus are told of Mugo Wa Kibiru who was a prophet(the only one i know of myself).He warned them of the coming of the White Man. …ignoring prophecy does come to haunt us once again in the disaster that...