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18 October 2006

Stories from 18 October 2006

Papua New Guinea: On the Iron Lady of Liberia

  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.

Singapore: Government and Web 2.0

  18 October 2006

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.

New Caledonia: Fete du Boeuf

  18 October 2006

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....

Taiwan: mobile coffee

  18 October 2006

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).

China: censorship

  18 October 2006

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...

China: labour law

  18 October 2006

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

Argentina: Smoking Prohibited?

  18 October 2006

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?...

Kazakhstan: R&D

  18 October 2006

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.

Afghanistan: Getting There

  18 October 2006

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.

Mongolia: Drinking Water

  18 October 2006

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.

Bolivia: Prosecuting Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada

  18 October 2006

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,...

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