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18 October 2006

Stories from 18 October 2006

Papua New Guinea: On the Iron Lady of Liberia

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...

Singapore: Government and Web 2.0

Kevin at links to another blog post at WebSG that talks about the online efforts of some governments agencies to engage the citizens.

Singapore: Singapore's role in the history of Lonely Planet travel guidebooks

The blogger at meets the founder of popular travel guidebook company Lonely Planet and talks about the start got in Singapore for their guidebook business.

New Caledonia: Fete du Boeuf

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...

Thailand: Bangkok's Latest Shopping Mall

In a city obsessed with shopping malls, Mike at bangkok.metblogs introduces the latest addition.

Taiwan: mobile coffee

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...

Taiwan: Taipei Mayoral election

Michael Turton blogs about the coming Taipei Mayoral election, which reflects on the political effects of the anti-president campaign.

China: censorship

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...

China: business social responsibility

Fang Jun at mindmeter blogs about China Entrepreneur Summit 2006. This year the them is “Chinese business ethics at the age of Globalization” (zh).

China: How to improve Beijing's quality of life

Will from imagethief have ten recommendations on how to improve Beijing's quality of life.

China: labour law

Law Prof blogs about the comments of Amercian Chamber of Commerce on the draft of Chinese labour law.

China: decriminalization of sex worker

Li Yin-he argues for the decrminalization of sex worker, including prostitutes and “second wives” (zh).

China: eating Chinese

Lyn Jeffery introduces great blogs and forums about Chinese food.

Armenia: Vostan Hayots Reunion

Onnik Krikorian reports that Vostan Hayots, the “Armenian Metallica,” is reuniting for a few shows.

Argentina: Smoking Prohibited?

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...

Central Asia: History of Japanese Relations

Leila writes about the long and accidential history of ties between Japan and Central Asia.

Kazakhstan: R&D

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,...

Afghanistan: Getting There

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...

Mongolia: Drinking Water

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...

Venezuela: New Passenger Rail Service

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.

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