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21 June 2006

Stories from 21 June 2006

Russia: Comparing the Chechen War to Iraq

Sean Guillory analyzes whether the war in Iraq can be compared to the war in Chechnya: “And I’m sure American politicians and policy makers would be delighted to have the problems Putin has in Chechnya. But as the current moment shows both Iraq and Chechnya are worlds apart. Still, a...

Russia: Vacation Destinations, Home & Abroad

Yuri Mamchur of Russia Blog writes about the myth of the hordes of Russians vacationing abroad, and about Sochi, “the only opportunity to enjoy the “Riviera” for many Russian businessmen and officials who either do not have enough time to go abroad or cannot leave Russia, because they will be...

Zimbabwe: New episode of news podcast

  21 June 2006

Zimbabwe News Update has released a new podcast. Among the topics covered in this episode are “Mugabe Buys Luxury Vehicle For Army Officers” and “Chinese Planes Grounded As AirZim Cancels London Flight”.

Russia: Causes of Death Statistics

The Poster of Ruminations on Russia cites Russians’ causes of death statistics from 1980 to 2004: “Delighted to see that less people are dying of “accidental alcohol poisoning” – that would be drinking themselves to death to you and I.”

Kenya: The future is not what it used to be

  21 June 2006

In a lengthy post, Rombo muses on her own relative career success and the lack of employment opportunities for Kenyan university graduates, including some of her former classmates. “What happens to all the people for whom the future is not what it used to be?” she asks. “Where do they...

South Africa: SABC blacklist

  21 June 2006 notes that there have been reports of “further self censorship” within the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and that a list of those no longer welcome to appear on SABC's current affairs and news shows has been drawn up by SABC's Head of News.

Iran: UN Human Rights Council

Azadeh 7 says that Mr. Saeed Mortazavi, General Prosecutor of Tehran, will be present in UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. The blogger adds more than 100 newspapers & magazines were shut down in Iran because of Mortazavi's order (Persian)!

Malawi: The Atcheya of software

  21 June 2006

Soyapi Mumba seems to have his tongue firmly in his cheek as he riffs off Thierry Henry's nickname (“Atcheya” or chairperson) and compares the soon-to-retire Bill Gates with Dr Bakili Muluzi, former President of Malawi.

China: Internet access in Tibet

  21 June 2006

Virtual China has a guest blogger today, Kathrine Hoersted, who brings us a post looking at the young Tibetan woman with whom she lived during her graduate research in a small village in Tibet, and how despite severely limited internet access there the two have managed to keep in touch.

China: University students riot

  21 June 2006

In response to backpedalling administrations and denial of access to watching World Cup games, students at two universities in China rioted this week, leaving widespread and costly damage. Translations [#061] from EastSouthWestNorth‘s Roland Soong and some perspective from OneManBandwith‘s Lonnie Hodge, looking at the conditions under which many students—and professors—end...

North Korea: Holocaust-style camps

  21 June 2006

As North Korea prepares to test-fire an inter-continental ballistic missile—”The US and Japan have warned the North Koreans not to test-fire their ICBM; but the lunatics in charge of the failed Stalinist state, led by the Hitlerian tyrant Kim Jong-il, have insisted on their right to fire away.”—China Confidential‘s Confidential...

Japan: Motorbikes, scooters banned

  21 June 2006

When Rising Sun blogger GaijinBiker walked out onto the streets of Tokyo this morning, the first thing he noticed was the missing motorcycles and scooters, as described in his post ‘A law meant to be broken.’

Japan: Smoking minors penalized

  21 June 2006

“No Smooking,” says a misspelt sign posted by JP at Japundit, preceded by a post telling of a mother in Japan charged for neglecting the law which makes her two sons’ smoking illegal.

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