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17 July 2006

Stories from 17 July 2006

Big six-O, Brunei in July

  17 July 2006

15th July, 2006 marks the Sultan of Brunei's 60th birthday. Let the celebrations begin! Nonnie has a post in her blog, Spiritual Garden about Bandar Seri Begawan, the Brunei's capital in celebration mode.

China: Blogsphere

  17 July 2006

Lyn Jeffery in Virtual China reports on China Market research's finding in Chinese blogsphere: “CMR estimates that 80% of Chinese online urban youth 18-25 (50 million people) are actively blogging OR participating in BBS. “

China: cruel news

  17 July 2006

Zhao mu puts together a bunch of descriptions used by some mainstream newspapers reports to show the indifference and cruelity of news language (zh). For example, to describe the suicidal act of desperate worker with the term “highrise jumping show”, to describe car accident hitting the victim's head as “winning...

China: tell me what's wrong with China

  17 July 2006

Last week Danwei‘s Joel Martinsen translated an article from the New Century Weekly by Sun Yafei titled America through Chinese eyes – a columnist living abroad reports on ugly Americans. The post has attracted many comments, including Sun Yafei's own. Jeremy Goldkorn in Danwei puts Sun's invitation for debate, tell...

China: AIDS orphans

  17 July 2006

Zhen Jin yan writes about how AIDS orphans (whose parents were diseased by AIDS) in China were rejected by social institutes, such as hospital and orphanage (zh), even though the government's has officially annouced to give special care to these orphans.

Guyana: Migration and family

  17 July 2006

Guyana-Gyal contemplates migration and familly ties: “Them countries that got the best of my family…them countries just don't know how they lucky.”

Uzbekistan: Happy Planet

Ben Paarmann reports on Uzbekistan's fairly high rank on the Happy Planet Index. He notes that Uzbekistan's score (as well as those of neighboring Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan) are not a result of government policies though.

Uzbekistan: Civil Society

Olesya translates a post about NGOs in Uzbekistan in which the author argues that the country's NGOs should not be surprised to find themselves in their current situation because of mistakes they made in the past that have weakened them relative to the government.

Haiti: Grateful to Wyclef for his World Cup Performance

  17 July 2006

Collectif Haiti de Provence points to a Le Nouvelliste article thanking (Fr) Haitian-American hip hop star Wyclef for his representation of Haiti at the World Cup closing ceremony: “Wyclef Jean did everything to associate Haiti to his performance. The Haitian flag served as a bandana that covered his head (…)...

Panama: El Día del Niño

  17 July 2006

Don Ray took pictures of a pony ride in front of a supermarket in David, Panama which was set up for El Día del Niño or “Children's Day.”

Nicaragua: Herty Lewites and the American Left

  17 July 2006

Marc Cooper, lamenting the lack of coverage on the death of Nicaraguan political veteran and presidential candidate Herty Lewites, starts a heated discussion on the American left's general lack of interest in the country. Russel takes Marc's challenge and offers six links about Nicaragua in the “lefty press” from the...

Mexico: “Mexico Deserves Better”

  17 July 2006

Ricardo Carreón gives a historical view of Mexico's electoral process and explains why the country deserves better. León Felipe Sánchez, noting the surge in demand for a full recount, worries that the peaceful civil resistance could soon turn violent (ES). Finally, Wave Making makes some interesting Mexican Reflexions from Abroad:...

Nepal: Democracy in Crisis

  17 July 2006

Samudaya.org covers Arundhati Roy speaking on democracy. “Asking what was the right thing to do in a democracy, in which an armed dissent is crushed by military power and unarmed dissent simply ridiculed and brushed aside, Roy confessed her depleting faith in democracy itself.”

Bangladesh: Freedom fighters in business

  17 July 2006

imperfect world 2006 on doing business with a freedom fighter. “Basically he was saying that a freedom fighter loves his country and would therefore never defraud or cheat anyone. A kind of shorthand for declaring one’s personal integrity.”

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