Stories from 18 October 2006
Islandbaby in Papua New Guinea blogs about the West African nation Liberia's president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and tells why her younger sister's middle name is Monrovia – the capital of Liberia.
Kevin at theory.isthereason.com links to another blog post at WebSG that talks about the online efforts of some governments agencies to engage the citizens.
The blogger at beyond.sg meets the founder of popular travel guidebook company Lonely Planet and talks about the start got in Singapore for their guidebook business.
Says Sebastien Merion from 5 Minutes en Nouvelle Caledonie: J'ai l'impression de revenir direct des States, mais non, ce n'était que le village de Païta et sa fameuse fête du bœuf !! On s'y serait cru, ambiance chapeaux de cow-boy et musique country, il y avait un paquet de monde....
In a city obsessed with shopping malls, Mike at bangkok.metblogs introduces the latest addition.
Funck Chen at CCB.2.0 blogs about the cultural history of mobile coffee house. The first coffee car appeared in 1999, and now becomes a national landscape and the drivers of moible coffee house are usually the best tourists’ guides (zh).
Michael Turton blogs about the coming Taipei Mayoral election, which reflects on the political effects of the anti-president campaign.
Brian Chan in China Media Project reports on another censorship case. This time it is about a ban on all coverage of an incident at a county school in China's western Gansu Province where the principal was allegedly found to have drawn blood from scores of pupils over several years...
Fang Jun at mindmeter blogs about China Entrepreneur Summit 2006. This year the them is “Chinese business ethics at the age of Globalization” (zh).
Will from imagethief have ten recommendations on how to improve Beijing's quality of life.
Law Prof blogs about the comments of Amercian Chamber of Commerce on the draft of Chinese labour law.
Li Yin-he argues for the decrminalization of sex worker, including prostitutes and “second wives” (zh).
Lyn Jeffery introduces great blogs and forums about Chinese food.
Onnik Krikorian reports that Vostan Hayots, the “Armenian Metallica,” is reuniting for a few shows.
Smoking bans have inspired coffee house debates throughout the world. Earlier this month Argentina followed the lead of Uruguay, Spain, and Ukraine by banning smoking in public spaces smaller than 100 square meters. Similar proposals are currently underway in Kenya, Nepal, Germany, and France. But are the bans really effective?...
Leila writes about the long and accidential history of ties between Japan and Central Asia.
Ben takes a look at Kazakhstan's pledge to boost research and development spending to 5% of GDP by 2012 and says that for the spending to have its promised impact, it will have to be accompanied by structural reforms.
The latest edition of “Ask Carpetbogger” informs readers on how one gets to Afghanistan. As an added bonus, there's a post on buying carpets in Kabul that also discusses the deteriorating situation in the country.
At A Year in Mongolia, Alexa discusses an impressive-sounding World Bank proposal for increasing access to and affordability of water in Mongolia only to find out that the same plan tried elsewhere achieved little.
Unsurprisingly, the inaugural day of Venezuela's new inter-city passenger rail service has Oil Wars touting its achievements and Miguel Octavio lambasting its failures.
Nick Buxton has been busy lately organizing the International Day of Action in Solidarity with Bolivia, which aimed to “call on the US to notify and extradite former President of Bolivia, Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada (known as Goni) and two of his Ministers from the US.” In a related note,...