16 March 2006

Stories from 16 March 2006

Peru: Bloggers Meetup

  16 March 2006

It's the event that Peruvian bloggers have been waiting for says “Leuzor:” the next bloggers meetup, which will take place on Saturday, March 25th in Lima. From the comments, it looks like it will be a big party.

Kyrgyzstan: Allah's Rooster

  16 March 2006

Registan.net has news of a rooster in Kyrgyzstan's city of Osh that reportedly says “Allah” over and over again. The chicken is credited with turning at least a few people toward increased worship.

Mongolia: TV on the Steppe

  16 March 2006

Just because one leads a nomadic life doesn't mean one should suffer poor television reception. Shards of Mongolia writes that reception stands to get much better for Mongolia's nomads soon.

Mexico: World Water Forum

  16 March 2006

Nick Buxton and Oscar Reyes will be blogging live from the World Water Forum in Mexico. Joe Zacune gives historical context to the forum on OpenDemocracy.

Argentina: Mendoza's Stencil Graffiti

  16 March 2006

Robert Wright explains that he hasn't been posting is usual collections of Buenos Aires stencil graffiti lately because the pickings have been slim. So instead, some stencil graffiti from Mendoza.

Argentina: Mundialmente

  16 March 2006

Fernando Casale has an update (and some sample tracks) of the Argentine-Brazilian band Mundialmente. If you like their music, send them an email says Casale.

Venezuela: A Happy Birthday to All

  16 March 2006

Miguel Octavio sarcastically wishes a happy birthday to “the amazing Gonzalez family.” He's referring to the nearly 2000 registered voters with the last name Gonzalez who were born on the same day, 32 years ago in the he western state of Zulia. Unbelievably, when Steven Dudley and Phil Gunson randomly...

Palestine: Beware the Ides of March

Israel acts not just with absolute impunity, but with the support of western powers: that is the message that has been reinforced in Jericho, Laila El-Haddad said. See her full article in the Guardian's new Comment is Free blog.

Lebanon: Low Internet Penetration

Middle Eastern audiences are literally disconnected from the rest of the world and the rest of their countrymen. Less than four per cent of people in the Arab world are internet users, according to ITU data. The penetration rate is just 3.7% – in a region with an 8.59% penetration...

Taiwan: Cloud Gate Thunders

  16 March 2006

ESWN has translated a transcript of a conversation between top Taiwan choreographer Lin Huai-min (of “Cloud Gate” fame) and the publisher of the pro-KMT United Daily News Wang Shiao-lan. Lin is disappointed at the paper's political positioning and the poverty of coverage, especially of culture.

China: Guo Feixiong taken to Jiangxi

  16 March 2006

China Information Center reports that Guangdong-based human rights lawyer Guo Feixiong has been taken back to his hometown in the eastern province of Jiangxi by the authorities in an apparent attempt to keep him from carrying out sensitive rights work, and to separate him from Beijing-based lawyer Gao Zhisheng, with...

Japan: See it. Film it. Change it.

  16 March 2006

Joi Ito announces his appointment to the board of WITNESS, a group which aims to advance human rights advocacy through the use of video and communications technology, and strengthen grassroots movements for change by providing video technology and assisting its partners to use video as evidence before courts and the...

China: Mashup Camp

  16 March 2006

Back from the NPC, Asia Pundit looks forward to mashup camp in the eastern Chinese city of Nanjing, where a bunch of prominent bloggers are due to meet to discuss Search Engine Strategies and Web 2.0, drink beer and play with model airplanes(ZH).

China: Anti-corruption vaccine

  16 March 2006

The Peking Duck Pond has a discussion thread on attempts to “vaccinate” Chinese schoolchildren against corruption at an early age, with special educational sessions addressing the temptations of power.

China: CDT is back up

  16 March 2006

Non-violent Resistance points to a reappearance of China Digital Times via Feedburner, after reporting it as unavailable in China earlier in the week.

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