19 April 2006

Stories from 19 April 2006

Tajikistan: Mosques & Computers

  19 April 2006

James of neweurasia writes about a foreign donor-funded computer training program to be run by a mosque in Tajikistan and says that if this is not an explicit strategy to bolster moderate Islam, perhaps it should be.

China's growth model a challenge to US influence

  19 April 2006

Many developing countries are now looking at China's model of state guided growth favourably compared to the US one of minimum intervention. Indonesian blogger Martin Manurang asks if the success of Chinese economic policies will help reduce American influence in the world.

DRC: Upcoming UDPS Forum in Belgium

  19 April 2006

Opposition party UDPS will hold a forum entitled “Political Crisis in the DRC and UDPS’ Refusal to Participate in the Electoral Process” on May 1 in Liege-Outremeuse, Belgium, writes (FR) UDPS Liege. ( Time and address provided in the post.)

Caribbean, US: Deportees and crime

  19 April 2006

The US Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean “says there is no factual basis on which to suggest that criminal deportees from the United States are contributing to the escalating crime situation in the Caribbean”. Francis Wade isn't convinced.

India: Sex and the Internet

  19 April 2006

Asian Sex Gazette on rape in India, the notion of friendship and a crucial question – “Women in the city question why men often interpret friendly gestures as a sign of promiscuity. “

Sri Lanka: Violence in the University

  19 April 2006

Moju on University politics and the violence on campus in Colombo. “At the same time, the sort of violence in which students engage is becoming more and more harmful and has spawned a new culture of violence among youth everywhere.”

Pakistan: Baisakhi

  19 April 2006

Baisakhi celebrations in Pakistan via Metroblogging Islamabad – “Thousands of Sikh pilgrims from across the world, including India, Britain, Canada, Afghanistan, Germany and Switzerland, arrived early in the morning to participate in the three-day celebrations.”

Unbuilding bridges

  19 April 2006

There's no bridge, and a lot of troubled water in Malaysia. It's all about the cancellation of Malaysia's plan to build a bridge to Singapore. Jeff Ooi has been following the fallout and also wondering whether the Malaysian press was gagged over the story.

Jedi elections. In Singapore?

  19 April 2006

mrbrown emphasises that his most recent podcast does not contain “explicit political content” because that is prohibited during the election period under the Singapore's Election Advertising Regulations. Instead it is about “a galaxy far far away” which happens to contain a complex civilisation holding elections.

Thailand's Senate criticised

  19 April 2006

Does Thailand need a Senate? a particularly well-timed question, given that it's being chosen right now, aired on the Senate Elections post at Bangkok Pundit. One of the country's political scientists thinks the Senate is a farce.

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