20 May 2006

Stories from 20 May 2006

China: MSN users locked out, speak out

  20 May 2006

Things have definitely been getting worse for users of MSN services in China since Microsoft recently shifted its Passport login process to Live.com. Following Global Voices Online blogger Frank Dai's post on this problem two weeks ago, a number of MSN Messenger, Hotmail and MSN Spaces users have started speaking...

Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis: Soufriere Hills Volcano activity

  20 May 2006

Georgia Popplewell reports from St. Kitts that the dome of the Soufriere Hills Volcano in Montserrat (sixty miles away) has collapsed and an ash eruption has caused flights in the vicinity to be cancelled, due to reduced visibility. She quotes an activity report from the Montserrat Volcano Observatory (whose website...

Flying over the Iraqi Blogodrome…

…almost literally (I'm plane-blogging again). I thought about this again and again and there is no other way to describe what passes for government in Iraq. Today I give you some snapshots of a failed state. And this is the subject that dominates the Iraqi blogs. If you read only...

Trinidad and Tobago: Happy birthday, Sam Selvon

  20 May 2006

Geoffrey Philp writes a birthday tribute to the late Trinidadian writer Samuel Selvon, one of the major figures in West Indian literature. “Comedy is a subversive art form. And comedy in the hands of Selvon obliterates class, color, and creed.”

Cambodia: Kindness of Strangers

  20 May 2006

Vutha encounters an accident and goes to help the injured person. This reminds blogger Vanna of a similar incident where he helped an injured stranger.

Thailand: No censorship for “Da Vinci Code”

  20 May 2006

Andrew is happy that Thailand will not censor the movie “Da Vinci Code” after all. “Yesterday it was announced that the final ten minutes of the Da Vinci Code would not be cut. Hooray! This is a victory for common sense.”

Zimbabwe: Remembering Murambatsvina

  20 May 2006

Operation Drive Out Trash – One Year On – Last year on 18th May the police in Harare began the systematic destruction of what were deemed to be illegal dwellings. In addition street vendors, even those trading legally, were arrested and fined, their wares and assets confiscated. All this was...

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