Stories from 2 August 2006
Dan Washburn in Shanghaiist investigates whether Yao Ming had really openned up a resturant in Shanghai: what the People's Daily is calling the Yao Restaurant is really Yeeha.
Fons Tuinstra in China Herald carries on the discussion of China's blooming NGO scene outlined by Paul Mooney in Yale Global.
Chen Shao Ju has collected a list of censored words in the Great Firewall (zh).
China government nominated former Hong Kong government official Dr. Margaret Chan to be the Chief of World Health Organization because of her experience in fighting SARS in Hong Kong. However,...
The Long and Winding Road reports on a collision between some of Uzbekistan's biggest stars (with their fans by their sides) and a government-backed reporter.
Leila of neweurasia asks questions about Kazakhstan's e-government initiative (RU).
Registan.net notes the expulsion of two Kyrgyz diplomats from the United States, most likely as a response to the expulsion of two US diplomats from Kyrgyzstan last month.
Onnik Krikorian reports that the US born Armenian opposition politician Raffi Hovannisian has called for an end to public apathy in the lead up to next year's parliamentary election.
The Salon deplores that so many candidates are complaining about fraud in Sunday's election fearing the aftermath will lead to riots: “If they can convince people that their allegations are...
Balkan Ghost of Finding Karadzic writes about “the inefficient tactics of destroying mainstream enemy websites” by the American government – including karadzic.org.
All About Latvia writes about the confusing diplomatic conflict currently raging between Latvia and Belarus.
Giustino of Itching for Eestimaa writes about Estonia's positive image in the international gay community. Estonia's third gay pride festival is taking place in Tallinn August 7-13.
Neil Woodburn is wrapping up the Albanian segment of his Balkan journey. Our Man In Tirana discusses “the role of Albanian as stock villain” and one crime writer's attempt to...
J. Otto Pohl writes that this month “marks the 65th anniversary of the deportation of the Russian-Germans to special settlements in Kazakhstan and Siberia” and posts the atrocity's timeline.
Jesse of Bored in Brno shares his impressions of the folk music festival he attended last week: “Overall, I give this festival the highest recommendation of any that I've been...
Cartoonists, both on-line and in the print media, have contributed to the condemnation felt around the world. This is the view from one Moroccan source.
Designers and bloggers from around the region are using their skills to help Lebanon in the face of the ongoing Israeli attack. Humeid has the details.
themiddle wonders if the news about Mel Gibson who has been arrested on terrorism charges is a hoax?!