16 October 2006

Stories from 16 October 2006

China: incestuous ad?

  16 October 2006

Joel Martinsen in DANWEI puts together some discussions about a recent skin-care adverstisment with the actress’ son saying that he wants to marry his mother when he gets old. It results in a debate whether the ad has crossed the line of social standard. Joel also translated a post from...

China: shooting in Tibet

  16 October 2006

The opposite end of China puts together some Youtube videos on the recent shooting of Tibetian refugees at the Nepal border by the China PLA.

China: piracy as microsoft marketing

  16 October 2006

Diligence China points out that when local software China Star sells at 10RMB while Microsoft Window sells at 500RMB, without piracy, Microsoft won't have a market share like today: Imagine what China’s software industry might look like if piracy hadn’t killed off a viable, home-grown alternative to Microsoft?

China: translation for Olympic

  16 October 2006

In order to prepare for the Olympic, the Beijing city has to double check its English signposts and other instructions. Sohoxiaobao has posted some translation jokes(zh): “folk culture village” is translated into “racist park”; a fired chicken dish is translated into “government abuse chicken”; and the word “dry” in Chinese...

Guadeloupe: Celebrating the Nation

  16 October 2006

Flying in the face of Guadeloupe's status as a French Overseas Department, Convention pour une Guadeloupe Nouvelle writes (Fr): “A nation must live its past in order to be inspired by it. … We will [therefore] celebrate the birth of the Guadeloupean nation in October. It is indeed during the...

Guadeloupe, Trinidad: Young Rotarian Conference

  16 October 2006

Guadeloupe Attitude writes (Fr): “Patrick Verdol, Livio Lison and Bella Mado are the 3 Guadeloupeans chosen by the seven Guadeloupean Rotary Clubs to participate in the 2006 RYLA of District 7030 … Chosen by the clubs and districts for their potential leadership, youth aged 14 to 30, attend all expenses...

Guyana: Walk along the sea

  16 October 2006

Guyana-Gyal walks down to the sea — “just to see what I could see” — and has an encounter with Guyanese music star Eddie Grant that makes her ponder the true meaning of “development”.

Senegal: Head of Senelec Resigned

  16 October 2006

Le Blog Politique du Senegal believes (Fr) that the head of national electricity company Senelec was asked to resign because President Wade needs a scapegoat for failing to fulfill his impossible promises. The blog is otherwise skeptical that private capital might do a better job than government spreading electricity in...

Colombia: Drinking Coca Sek

  16 October 2006

Adam Isaacson of the Center for International Policy recently sampled the coca-based energy drink called Coca Sek, which is produced by an indigenous community in Colombia. Even though the legal drink provided a bit of a kick needed for late night dinners, Isaacson said, “If given a drug test, however,...

Ecuador: Post-Election Analysis

  16 October 2006

Boz lays out five points regarding yesterday's Presidential elections in Ecuador. Among other things, he predicts a Rafael Correa second-round victory. In addition, Jaime Izurieta of Cambiemos Ecuador [ES] admits his political analysis may be a bit amateur, but it's very similar to the political behavior of Correa, who suffered...

Peru: An Ex-President Dies

  16 October 2006

Libardo Buitrago [ES] writes about the news of the death of ex-President Valentín Paniagua, who died earlier today. The Peruvian president took the helms of the government after the sudden resignation of Alberto Fujimori and his death was “a sad loss for Peru”.

Armenia: No Visa

  16 October 2006

Notes From Hareinik reports on what it calls “corruption…in play” possibly leading to the denial of visas to those behind Yerevan's popular New Delhi restaraunt.

Argentina: Unsafe Highways

  16 October 2006

Good Airs is shocked at the number of highway fatalities in Argentina. A recent accident claimed the lives of 12, including 10 school children. The driver and his passenger were both appparently drunk. At 7,000 deaths per year, it is obvious that the highways are out of control.

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