Stories from 4 July 2006
Japan: Geisha performances
David Weber from Japundit blogs about the Kamogawa Odori which is a geisha dance performance presented in the late spring in the Pontocho district of Kyoto (with many photos).
Japan and Hong Kong: Free use logo
Ben Ng blogs about the free use practice and logo in Japan and hope that Hong Kong can take the experience from Japan to balance between intellectual property rights and sharing of knowledges (zh).
Hong Kong: July 1
A citizen reporter from Taiwan blogs about his experience on the July 1st demonstration this year in InMediaHK. The writer has joined the July 1st rally for three years hoping to find out what is the meaning of citizen movement in Hong Kong and the substance of local social movement...
Philippines: Tamagotchi fever
In a post tiltled “I am a dad again” the blogger at Notes from the Peanut Gallery talks about how he got hooked into Tamagotchi world after taking care of his daughter's creature for a while.
Cambodia: Aids Awareness
Cambodia is mobilising gay men to help raise awareness about AIDS. Cambodia has one of the highest infection rate in South East Asia. Vutha in Cambodia has more details.
China: pollution of the long river
ESWN blogs a series of striking photos from BBS wenxue city on the pollution of the long river, also known as Chang Jiang and Yangtse River.
China: Beijing earthquake
Yesterday (July 4) an earthquake (5.1 Richter scale) occurred in Hebei region. Zhang blogs about his 2 seconds earthquake experience and wonders why China earthquake administration did not forecast it (zh).
China: Body check up
Makzhou in Human-error processor blogs about his experience in body check, his package was 275 yuan (around USD35) and there was a long queue. During his body check, he found out that the hospital only received 10% of its revenue from the government (zh).
Mexico's 2006 Elections
In what has already been a year of crucial and close elections throughout Latin America, one would think that Mexico's day at the polls would be treated by bloggers as just one more game in a long tournament to be followed by major political contests in Brazil, Nicaragua, and Venezuela....
Sounds of Africa
As you read this the World Cup is in it's Semi Final stages with Italy knocking the host Germany out. So far it has been a wonderful festival of football with heroes created and reborn. Ghana made it to the last 16 and made all of us proud. Other African...
Colombia: Blackface at Bogota Pride
Andrés Duque has a thorough summary of pride parades from around Latin America, including a disturbed observation of the use of blackface imagery in Colombia.
Russia: State Duma Deputy's Journal
Yevgeniy Roizman, 43, is more than just a Russian State Duma deputy. He is also the founder of Russia's only privately-owned religious icon museum (called Nevyanskaya Ikona, 600 works); has been collecting works of Ural painters (2,000 so far) and is building a museum in Yekaterinburg to house them; is...
Argentina: Los Pichiciegos
Posthegemony reviews Los Pichiciegos, set during the Falklands/Malvinas conflict, by Argentine author Rodolfo Fogwill.
Uruguay: Art and Feminism
Ani has an article about “art and feminism in uruguay”.
Venezuela: On Again Off Again Primary Elections
Oil Wars pleads to Venezuela's opposition candidates that they soon make up their mind over whether to hold primary elections or not.
India: The rains in Mumbai
Dina on the rains in Mumbai. How everything we had known about the rains has changed after the downpour last year. “But we never feared it. We sort of knew it would happen at least once through the monsoons, and in that knowledge we were prepared for all the chaos...
Nepal: Army and the Maoists
Maoists, the army and ordinary people at United We Blog! “As soon as Kailash, younger son in the Poudel family, joined the army, threats started coming in from the Maoist party: take out your son from the army or you will be kicked out of the house.”
Sri Lanka: Peace and War
Moju on women in Sri Lanka waging peace. “WE, the women of Sri Lanka, Singhalese, Tamil, Muslim and Burgher, irrelevant of race, caste, creed or religion, start our battle to wage peace against war.
Pakistan: Cremation and Burial
Metroblogging Lahore on Shamshaan Ghaats – or cremation grounds, and the politics of converting these to burial grounds. “After Independence in 1947, all Shamshaam-ghaats in Lahore were destroyed in wake of departure of Hindus & Sikhs from Lahore. Shamshaan-ghaat is the place where Hindus & Sikhs perform the last rituals...
Nigeria: Presidential jet
Chippla takes a look at the case of two Nigerian journalists currently charged under sedition laws left over from colonial times after they questioned the cost of the president's newly acquired private jet in their reporting.
Israel: Mideast Youth
Jerusalem Gypsy was asked to write for a new blog, called Middle East Youth. She jumped at the chance, not only because she was flattered at being asked to write for it, and having some great moments of being read by mostly Arab readers, but because it was for Middle...