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27 September 2006

Stories from 27 September 2006

Malaysia: Narrow Minded Political Group

  27 September 2006

Shianux writes about the lack of basic economics knowledge among the UMNO political party members in Malaysian province of Johor. Johor is the province that borders Singapore. Johor UMNO is asking the federal government to cancel all projects like the proposed bullet train between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore that might...

China: harmonious society

  27 September 2006

Positive solutions writes on the social economic background for the Chinese government's propaganda of building a harmonious society.

China: internet mobs hunt Accord Girl

  27 September 2006

Jeremy Goldkorn in DANWEI blogs about a Accord Girl's video that enraged local netizens and resulted in another internet mobs hunt. The girl thinks that anyone who earns less than 3,000 yuan a month is a loser (i.e. most people in China).

China: Promiscuity crime

  27 September 2006

Li Yin-he blogs about various promiscuity crime cases in China (Part 1 and Part 2). She raises a simple question: if it is sex out of consent among adults, should they be punished? (zh)

China: education VS media

  27 September 2006

Zhao mu blogs about a debate between education department and media workers. On September 25, the spokes person of education department openly criticized that the Chinese media is ignorant. The response of course is “which is more ignorant? education department or media?” (zh)

Turkmenistan: Sucking Up

  27 September 2006

At neweurasia's Turkmenistan blog, Peter details just how much foreign companies — John Deere in this case — will suck up to Turkmenistan's president in order to secure business deals.

Jamaica: “Calabash poem”

  27 September 2006

Geoffrey Philp writes about a poem of his that's been “roundly rejected” by several publishers, and offers us a chance to read it.

Senegal, France: Police State

  27 September 2006

France-based Senegal Diaw wonders (Fr) why France still feels like a police state despite the riots from last summer when youth protested the treatment of young people of color by police. He tells of an instance when he was searched by the cops in a subway station.

Russia: Two Bike Trips

  27 September 2006

W. Shedd of The Accidental Russophile writes about Herman Veldhuizen, a Norwegian bicyclist: “Herman has made and chronicled two bicycle trips in Russia. His first trip was a 20-day trip in 2004 from Helsinki to Kazan. Having said that he would definitely do such a trip in Russia again, he...

Poland: “The Polish Watergate”

  27 September 2006

The beatroot has posted three entries so far about the beginning of a major corruption scandal, already labeled the “Polish Watergate”: one, two, and three. “It looks very bad for a government that has fashioned itself as the ‘anti-corruption’ government.”

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