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2 August 2006

Stories from 2 August 2006

China: Yao Ming resturant?

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.

China: NGO

Fons Tuinstra in China Herald carries on the discussion of China's blooming NGO scene outlined by Paul Mooney in Yale Global.

China: great fire wall

Chen Shao Ju has collected a list of censored words in the Great Firewall (zh).

Hong Kong: WHO

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,...

Uzbekistan: Pop & the Press

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.

Kazakhstan: E-Government

Leila of neweurasia asks questions about Kazakhstan's e-government initiative (RU).

Kyrgyzstan: Expelled

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.

Armenia: Call to Arms

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.

Martinique: Beach and Flora

Bien Vu posts (Fr) pictures of the beach and flora of Martinique.

DRC: Candidates Complain about Rigging

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...

Balkans: Destroying Enemy Websites

Balkan Ghost of Finding Karadzic writes about “the inefficient tactics of destroying mainstream enemy websites” by the American government – including karadzic.org.

Latvia: Diplomatic Conflict With Belarus

All About Latvia writes about the confusing diplomatic conflict currently raging between Latvia and Belarus.

Estonia: Gay Pride

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.

Albania: Travel, Fiction and Immigrants’ Stories

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...

Russia: Russian-German Deportation Anniversary

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.

Czech Republic: Folk Music Festival

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...

Morocco: Cartoonist's view of Lebanon Crisis

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.

Jordan: Designers, bloggers for Lebanon

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.

Israel: Mel Gibson Arrested on Terrorism Charges

themiddle wonders if the news about Mel Gibson who has been arrested on terrorism charges is a hoax?!

Egypt: Fiasco

Zeinobia says that last night Israeli Army operation on Baalbak city in South Lebanon is another fiasco that the army wants to appear like a victory to deceive the poor...

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