17 October 2006

Stories from 17 October 2006

Korea: Ban Ki-Moon and North Korea

  17 October 2006

Citizen reporter Hyejin Kim from Ohmynews puts together analysis related to North Korea's response to the appointment of Ban Ki-Moon as United Nation secretary general.

China: labour and organization

  17 October 2006

Zheng Jinyan blogs about her workshop, “understanding China”, in Thailand. One of the session is on labour conditions and organizations in China (zh), it touches upon the relation between Africa and China social movement. Zheng stressed that boycotting China product won't help the situation, NGOs should work on the protection...

Central Asia: IMT Phony?

  17 October 2006

A Tajik official has claimed that the Islamic Movement of Turkestan is merely a fabrication of the Uzbekistani government. Sean Roberts analyzes the news and whether or not the IMT likely exists.

Kenya: Oil as a gift?

  17 October 2006

Afromusing comments on the news that Kenya gave China six oil blocks as a gift: “What. The. Fuzz. Since when did start ‘gifting’ natural resources to other countries, something’s off, either the article misrepresents the agreement and creates the impression that Kenya is just giving stuff away…what is in it...

Uganda: birth control with plastic beads

  17 October 2006

Jackfruity writes about the use of beads for birth control in Uganda, “Last week Ugandan First Lady Janet Museveni introduced a system of birth control called Moon Beads. Designed to help women track their menstrual cycles and, by doing so, avoid sex when fertile, the beads are part of a...

D.R of Congo: challenges of building a hospital

  17 October 2006

The Congolese-born basketball star, Dikembe Mutombo, talking about his experience building a hospital in his home country: “The big question was: Why do you want to be the first one to do it? What motivate you to build this hospital and what is behind this hospital?,” via Dizolele.

Bangladesh: Dr Yunus as caretaker PM

  17 October 2006

Should Dr Yunus take over political leadership in the country. Drishtipat opens the question and there is an interesting discussion in the comments space. “If we agree that it should be fixed, what better way to fix it then getting the most non-controversial and efficient man in the country now...

Pakistan: Hands without Henna and Bangles

  17 October 2006

With Eid around the corner, shopkeepers in Pakistan stock up on items that are traditional gifts on the festival. Metroblogging Islamabad says “Against the expectations, this time the costumer response is slow towards these traditional gifts and stallholders and costumers blame different reasons for this decay. A survey revealed that...

Bangladesh: Homophobic persecution

  17 October 2006

imperfect world 2006 on homophobic persecution in Bangladesh. “Hussein explains that he first encountered anti-gay attitudes in university. He claims that fundamentalist outfits like Jamaat, Chatra Shibir and the Freedom Party made it difficult for him to stay in Bangladesh.”

Nepal: Monarchy and the Republic

  17 October 2006

Democracy For Nepal on being a republic and Monarchy. “Retaining the monarchy any longer gives the monarch and the monarchists room to play. If the monarch could invest a few crores to ensure a continued salary of tens of crores, do you think he will be tempted to do it?”

Malaysia: Audio of Speech at Young Malaysians Forum

  17 October 2006

Nik Nazmi links to the audio of a speech he gave at the Young Malaysians Forum. In an earlier post the blogger talks about the speech. “Insya Allah, I will be speaking at a young Malaysians forum ‘How to Set Pak Lah Free?’. The panellists of politicians and young bloggers...

Singapore: Inspired by the Nobel Prize Winner

  17 October 2006

Huang Shoou Chyuan in Singapore is inspired by the Nobel Peace Winner for 2006 - Muhammad Yunus. “Yunus and the Grameen Bank is an inspiration to me. I hope that when my life is finally through, I can achieve even a fraction of what they have done for their common...

Cambodia: Casino Closed

  17 October 2006

The blogger at Details are Sketchy blog reports that a casino operated by a foreign company has closed. The casino attracted mostly Thai clients as such activities are banned in Thailand. Entrepreneurs had built casinos on Thai-Cambodia and Thai-Myanmar border to take advantage of lax border crossings.

Malaysia: Falling FDI

  17 October 2006

The blogger at rocky's bru is concerned about Malaysia's falling attractiveness for foreign direct investors.

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