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19 October 2006

Stories from 19 October 2006

Kenya: Kenyan blogger passes away

  19 October 2006

The Kenyan blogger, Kachumbari, who wrote from a village in Central Kenya has passed away: “I just found out from Ndesanjo that Kachumbari was killed in a car accident several weeks ago. His cousin Samuel offered an obituary and explanation of his death on the blog – Kachumbari had travelled...

Africa: opening door to African cinema

  19 October 2006

“For decades, African cinema has been poised for the kind of international breakthrough that Asian and Middle Eastern films have enjoyed. There are lots of stories to be told and there have been directors willing and able to tell them, but the financial resources available to filmmakers on other continents...

Zimbabwe: woman-on-woman violence

  19 October 2006

Zimbabwean cartoonist joins the debate around the Domestic Violence Bill, “He raises an interesting issue, writing at some length about the ill-treatment of maids by their female employers, discussing this as woman-on-woman violence and asks whether this form of domestic violence will be included in the Domestic Violence Bill,” via...

Gambia: human rights violation

  19 October 2006

Home of the Mandinmories writes about torture and coercion of the alleged coup plotters in the Gambia: Browsing through the Point today, a story on the court martial of Captain Yahya Darbo caught my eye. I wish I can say I told you so, but the abuse and indignity suffered...

Kyrgyzstan & Azerbaijan: Pollution

  19 October 2006

Ben Paarman notes that Kyrgyzstan's Mailuu Suu has been listed as one of the ten most polluted sites on earth by a US environmental group. Elsewhere in Central Asia and the Caucasus, a site in Azerbaijan makes the list.

Korea: Mount Geumgang Tourism project

  19 October 2006

Occidentalism summarizes the buzz over Mt Geumgang tourism project. Reports said that Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill demanded the supension of “inter-Korea project” as a part of the sanction against North Korea nuclear test.

China: Agricultural bank of China

  19 October 2006

Logan Wright points out that Agricultural bank of China is following the bailouts and the overseas listings of the other large state-owned banks (Bank of China, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, China Construction Bank). This time it may ask for a USD$100 billions tag!

Turkmenistan: Monument to Irony

  19 October 2006

Registan.net notes that Turkmenistan's president has unveiled a building shaped like a book that is a gift to the country's media and dedicated to free media. The author notes that this is quite an irony as independent journalists are a rarity in Turkmenistan.

China: Satiric SMS or libel

  19 October 2006

Joel Martinsen in DANWEI translated an article from Nanfang daily on a prosecution resulted from a political poem in Chongqin.

Chilean Bloggers Around the World

  19 October 2006

Ana María (ES) lives in Heidelberg. She explains that to pass the cold winter she discovered wool. With it she makes small handcraft dolls and posts them on her blog. Just like she does, a lot of Chileans around the world use blogs to express themselves, communicate with friends, and...

Mexico: Oaxaca Update

  19 October 2006

Both Ana Maria Salazar and Mark in Mexico relate, in their respective styles, the heightened political ambitions of the Popular Assembly of the People of Oaxaca (APPO). Colin Brayton describes the murder of “Pánfilo Hernández, an elementary school teacher from Zimatlán, who was shot around 9 p.m. by unknown persons...

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