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9 August 2006

Stories from 9 August 2006

China: Used book online

Scott Relyea in Frog in a well introduces the world's biggest online Chinese used book website:

China: Baidu Search Fraud

Non violent resistance reports on a client protest against Baidu, the biggest internet search engine in China, of its fraud in paid search engine ranking.

The Week that Was – Bolivian Blogs

Bolivia celebrated her Independence Day on August 6th complete with the usual fanfare and outward displays of civic pride. Many Bolivians marked this 181st birthday with family and friends, while...

India In Blog Posts: Cola, Newly Weds, Travel and Bollywood

What are bloggers talking about India? Lots...the cola affair, wifi, newly weds, travel and Bollywood.

Uzbekistan: Renewing US Ties? speculates on the possible reasons for today's meeting between Uzbekistan's President Islam Karimov and US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Richard Boucher.

Armenia: Internet Still Spotty

Onnik Krikorian reports that internet connections in Armenia are still spotty after last weekend's loss of service. He says that if the Armenian blogosphere suddenly goes silent, the poor connection...

Kazakhstan: Doing Business

Leila of neweurasia writes about doing business in Kazakhstan and interviews a manager from a firm supplying IT equipment to Kazakhstan for additional perspective.

Armenia: Mixed Marriages

Onnik Krikorian reports on mixed race marriages in Armenia, public attitudes against them, and the difficulties that such couples face.

Cuba: Critiquing the right wing view

Zenia, writing from Pinar del Rio, Cuba, critiques (ES) the ways Cuba is viewed by the right-wing press: “‘In Cuba many people don't have MP3 players or cell phones.’ That's...

Bermuda: Sustainable Develoopment Plan

Charlotte Andrews reports on a public meeting convened to dicuss the Bermuda Government's Draft Sustainable Development Strategy and Implementation Plan.

Barbados: HIV/AIDS messages

Barbados Free Press reports that the Caribbean Broadcasting Company (CBC), Barbados’ national television, network, has committed to running one HIV/AIDS public service announcement during every hour of broadcast, as well...

Bahamas: After Castro

Larry Smith writes about the potential long-term effects of Fidel Castro's exit on the Bahamas, notably in the area of tourism.

Guyana: Eight killed by gunmen

Living Guyana posts five short entries (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) linking to and commenting stories about the brutal slaying of eight people, including four journalists, by gunmen in Guyana...

Syria: Reasons Syria must be Included in a Lebanon Solution

The debate over whether to find a diplomatic solution to the Lebanon conflict or to press for a total military victory is becoming ever more heated. More and more analysts...

India: Lentils in the US

The rising cost of lentils in the US has quite a few people of Indian origin more than just a bit worried. Arzan on why lentils are such an important...

Jordan: Israel Create A Biodiversity Disaster

“WHY is the oil spill in Lebanon not receiving prominence in the media? Israel have destroyed the majority of Lebanon's infrastructure, Lebanon's economy, murdered Lebanon's civilians and now Israel has...

Israel: The big offensive

It's clearly begun. The big offensive. Channel 2 news just did its midnight update. The defense correspondent was reporting live from Metulla on the northern border… He did say, though,...

Egypt: Nasrallah warns the Arab in Haifa

“In all the previous wars of Israel with the Arabs countries , the Arab countries usually blocked the media from covering the news and Israel usually showed all what it...

Syria: Hamas Official Abducted and Tortured

“While the whole world is preoccupied with the situation in Lebanon, Israel has been taking this chance to kill more civilians in Gaza, and kidnap the odd cabinet minister from...

Nepal: Koirala and Monarchy

Nepali Netbook on the political choices in Nepal and why it would take quite some effort to sidetrack the issue of reinstating monarchy.

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