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24 July 2006

Stories from 24 July 2006

Philippines: State of the Nation Address

Manuel L. Quezon III in Manila does an excellent roundup of Filipino blogger's reaction to the President's State of the Nation address.

China: Chen on trial

Chinese human rights activist Chen Guang-cheng is on trial today (July 25). Nickwong anticipates that the result won't be good (zh).

China: disappearing

Jeremy Goldkorn from Danwei writes about the disappearing of Beijing and Shanghai because of urban renewal.

Hong Kong:

Yeahayeah blogs about the demonstration against Israelis bombing in Lebanon in Hong Kong (zh).

Hong Kong: goodbye Suzie Wong

The romance of Suzie Wong takes place in Hong Kong, an classic scence is in Star ferry pier, Central. Hong Kong government is now planning to demolish the pier. Diumanpark...

Hong Kong: learning from parent

ESWN translates a blogpost from learned friend on how children are being influenced by their parent in racial stereotype. “To the parents of the children — how do you teach...

DRC: Demonstrations Leading Up to Election

Opposition party blog UDPS Liege announces an intensification of peaceful protests in the capital Kinshasa leading up to the July 30 election. Protests are planned for July 25, 27, 28...

Gripes with Footballer Lilian Thuram

Of Lilian Thuram, a French football player of Guadeloupean origin, France-based Senegalese blogger says (Fr): “Wanting desperately to become a Martin Luther King-style defender of the Black cause, Thuram seems...

Latin America: Mercorsur Summit

The Mercosur summit ended with Hugo and Fidel stealing the limelight says Erwin Cifuentes. Greg Weeks sorts out the implications of Venezuela's new membership in the trade bloc. Finally, Ricardo...

Tajikistan: Russian “Illiteracy”

Elizabeth writes about the decline in Russian language abilities in Tajikistan.

Kazakhstan: Criminal Medical Tender

Leila translates a Russian-language post about a health care scandal in Kazakhstan's Karaganda region.

Georgia: Soap Acting

For those who have always wanted to know what acting in a Georgian soap opera is like, Breed describes his experience.

Armenia: Vardavar

Both Nessuna and Jeremy express their dislike of Vardavar, a holiday celebrated in part by throwing water on complete strangers.

Armenia: Escape to the Village

Zarchka writes on the value of escaping the city for the village.

Zimbabwe: Big Brother plan

The Bearded Man commens on an article in the Washington Post about plans being mooted by the Zimbabwean government to monitor e-mail and other electronic communication. He writes: “It would...

Nigeria: Diane Evans tour

Ore's Notes remarks on a visit to Nigeria by author Diane Evans, who she notes is part-Nigerian.

South Africa: Eastern Cape Paper

Farrel Lifson of politics.za comments on a forthcoming position paper from the Eastern Cape provincial division of the African National Congress (ANC), which will say that the South African government...

African countries need technocrats

Africa Unchained points to a passage in George Ayittey's book by the same name, which runs: “We need TECHNOCRATS to fix our broken, dysfunctional institutions. REPAIRMEN or plumbers who will...

Kenya: Job loss

“It's odd to quit a job,” writes Kenyan Musings, who just quit hers. “People think you are nuts…but it gets to the point where if you allow yourself to be...

Kenya: Meeting with Bill Gates

4Sheezy wonders what might have happened if she had managed to get a meeting with Bill Gates while he was in Kenya, to talk about his HIV/AIDS work.

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