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30 October 2006

Stories from 30 October 2006

Jamaica: Mediocrity

“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...

Jamaica: Striking it rich

Francis Wade considers what could happen if Jamaica were suddenly to strike it rich.

Bermuda: Dr. Brown's opportunity

Valentine Michael Smith leaves aside satire for a moment and considers the opportunity that lies before Bermuda's newly elected Premier, Dr. Ewart Brown.

Belize: Dangriga Town

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...

Caribbean: Say no to monarchs and “faith schools”

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...

China: Ancient Chinese sex advice

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.

Japan: confession service

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.

Hong Kong: where have all the trees gone?

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?

Korea: North Korea spy case

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.

Mexico: The last moments of Bradley Roland Will

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....

Kazakhstan: Social Business Corporations

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...

Kyrgyzstan: Corruption in Education

Tolkun Umaraliev reports on corruption in Kyrgyzstan's education system.

Uzbekistan: Cannot Be Saved

Shohruh says that China and Russia cannot save Islam Karimov, the president of Uzbekistan.

Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan: A Big Week

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...

Tajikistan: Democratic Split

Alexander Sadikov reports on divisions within Tajikistan's Democratic party which he says have developed into a political stalemate.

Armenia: Parliamentary Election Monitor

Onnik Krikorian has posted his first Armenian parliamentary election monitor, a weekly roundup of news regarding the coming election.

Kazakhstan: Unfree Speech

At neweurasia, Leila translates a Russian language post on press freedom in Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan: Dariga

Dan O'Huiginn profiles Dariga Nazarbaeva, the politically powerful daughter of Kazakhstan’ president.

Kyrgyzstan: Lack of Competence

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...

Brunei: New GDP Figure

The guest blogger at Brunei Resources explains why the new GDP figure for Brunei is both a good news as well as bad news.

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