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17 March 2006

Stories from 17 March 2006

Mirwais at Afghan Reality says that the donor agenda for Afghanistan is neglecting pressing needs of most Afghans.

Armenia: Cops at Work

ArmYouth Blog reports that pay increases for police that went into effect last year might actually be having the intended, positive effect of reducing corruption.

Kyrgyzstan: Celebrate the “Revolution?” II

neweurasia reports that the debate amongst politicians over whether or not to make March 24th a holiday to mark the first anniversary of the Tulip Revolution is getting heated..

Kyrgyzstan: Student Blog

A new blog written by students of universities in Bishkek and Karakol, Kyrgyzstan has launched with a post written by a law student criticizing the country's president.

Kyrgyzstan: Aksy

Today is the anniversary of the 2002 killing of 6 protesters in the Aksy region of Kyrgyzstan's Jalalabad province. neweurasia has a post commemorating the anniversary.

Who Won the Elections in El Salvador?

Translation of an article written by JJmar in Hunnapuh on the elections in El Salvador.

Belarus: Balloon Revolution

“[…] Good psychological weapon against the troops” – in order to show the regime they are not terrorists, everyone should come to the rally in Minsk with a toy balloon,...

China: “Blog-gate” in the Bath-house

Shanghai businessmen are rediscovering the delights of the bathhouse as a venue for business bonding, reports Bingfeng Teahouse, who finds a strange angle on the Massage Milk hoax as reported...

North Korea: American defector in Japan

OhmyNews! runs an in-depth interview with U.S. Army deserter Charles Jenkins, now living on Sado Island after spending four decades in North Korea. “My life is not worth five cents,...

China: Zhao Yan released

Angry Chinese Blogger is surprised at the release of former New York Times researcher Zhao Yan, ahead of the visit to the United States by Chinese President Hu Jintao. He...

South Korea: Shamrocks and kimchi

The Asia Pages, who identifies herself as Korean-Irish-American in honor of St. Patrick's Day, makes a striking case for similarities between Irish and Korean men, particularly the inhabitants of Busan....

Belarus: Backlash Against Opposition; Test for Europe

br23 blog and Andrei Khrapavitski both report on the continuing repressions against opposition activists in Belarus. One of Andrei's friends got expelled from the university, another got arrested. Andrei also...

Belarus: Intimidation Campaign

Belarusian KGB chief said going out into the street on Sunday would be qualified as terrorism and those caught would face tough sentences, including capital punishment, reports br23 blog: “[…]...

Slovenia: Zlatorog

Isoglossia shares all he knows about Slovenia's Zlatorog, or the Golden Horn: “the goat, the myth, the beverage, the soap.”

Guyana: PR journalists

Guyana 360 expresses concern over journalists who lend their services as PR personnel for political parties.

Slovenia: Civil Servants’ Salaries

Michael at The Glory of Carniola reports on how much Slovenian civil servants were earning in 2005.

Serbia & Montenegro: Eurovision Conflict

Ed at Balkan Baby writes that Serbia and Montenegro seriously disagree on who should represent their country at this year's Eurovision Song Contest: No Name, a Montenegrin boy-band, or a...

Japan: Mind your language

Japundit‘s post on Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's reprimand of a lawmaker for using English financial terms in the course of a parliamentary session sparks further debate in the comments section.

China: Missing AIDS activist

Zeng Jinyan, the wife of Chinese AIDS activist Hu Jia, is blogging about her attempts to find her husband (ZH), who disappeared a month ago. She attempts to file a...

Indonesia: Potemkin Harvest

Sarapan Ekonomi comments on local farmers on Buru Island being prevented from harvesting their rice until the President of Indonesia shows up for “Great Harvest Day.”

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