Stories from 30 October 2006
“We are the people of the plateau—we work as much as is necessary to reach a flat, safe place,” says Jamaican novelist Marlon James of his compatriots. “Then we stay there for thirty years.“
Francis Wade considers what could happen if Jamaica were suddenly to strike it rich.
Valentine Michael Smith leaves aside satire for a moment and considers the opportunity that lies before Bermuda's newly elected Premier, Dr. Ewart Brown.
Nyasha Lang reports on a visit to Dangriga Town, Belize, where she visits a radio station run by a Garifuna perfomer and learns how easy it is to fall into the habit of wearing several hats.
Yesterday, he advocated that those Caribbean islands that haven't yet done so detach should themselves from the British monarchy. Today, Jeremy Taylor makes the case for the abolition of “faith schools”.
Alan Baumler at China history group blog goes into the text of Sunu jing–The Classic of the White Girl, to discuss about Chinese thought.
Lee at Tokyo Times introduces a confession service in Japan. Most of the clients are men in 30s who want to express their love but are afraid of being rejected.
Dave and Stefan notice that tress from Nathan road at Kowloon Peninsular have been disappearing gradually over the past decades. So where have all the trees gone?
Robert Koehler in Marmot's Hole blogs about the details of spy case against the general secretary of the Democratic Labor Party (DLP) and a former DLP central committee member.
Journalism seems like a precarious profession to practise in Mexico. It's ranked by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) as one of the most dangerous places to be a journalist. The latest tragic example of this came on Friday 27th October, in the southern state of Oaxaca, with the shooting...
KZBlog reports on Kazakhstan's plan to found “social business corporations” in the country's regions to drive economic growth and meet social needs. Though the idea behind them is seemingly similar to “social entrepreneurship,” KZBlog notes that no one seems too interested in the social end of the things with the...
Tolkun Umaraliev reports on corruption in Kyrgyzstan's education system.
Shohruh says that China and Russia cannot save Islam Karimov, the president of Uzbekistan.
Sean Roberts notes that next is a big week for three Central Asian countries. Three very different events will take place that show how different their politics have become since independence from the Soviet Union.
Alexander Sadikov reports on divisions within Tajikistan's Democratic party which he says have developed into a political stalemate.
Onnik Krikorian has posted his first Armenian parliamentary election monitor, a weekly roundup of news regarding the coming election.
At neweurasia, Leila translates a Russian language post on press freedom in Kazakhstan.
Dan O'Huiginn profiles Dariga Nazarbaeva, the politically powerful daughter of Kazakhstan’ president.
Mirsulzhan Namazaliev writes that both the government and the opposition in Kyrgyzstan are destabilizing the country by failing to engage in dialogue. He says that only well-known and respectable centrist politicians can fix this situation.
The guest blogger at Brunei Resources explains why the new GDP figure for Brunei is both a good news as well as bad news.
The usually tranquil Southern Mexican tourist town of Oaxaca – with its large, shaded plaza and gallery-lined alleys – had transformed into a political pressure cooker over the past few months in what began as a seemingly routine teacher's strike in late May. The lid then blew straight off yesterday...