6 November 2006

Stories from 6 November 2006

Taiwan: Former Justice Minister

  6 November 2006

The former Minister of Justice, Chen Ding-nan passed away in the midst of the President corruption scandal. Levitator has more background on the Chen.

China: real name registration

  6 November 2006

ESWN translated an article from Southern Weekend on the blogger real name registration system proposed by Ministry of Information Industry.

South Korea: who are US allies?

  6 November 2006

Robert Koehler comments on a commentary by Philadelphia Inquirer columnist which was viewed by Korean media a “naked expression of anti-Korean sentiment”. In the article, the columnist called Japan and Taiwan US’ real allies.

Puerto Rico: Mosquito experiments

  6 November 2006

“For things like this the colony has always been useful,” says (ES) Tinta Digital, discussing a series of experiments conducted on mosquitos in poor communities in Puerto Rico by the Centers for Disease Control.

Trinidad & Tobago: Cricket, breathalysers and crime

  6 November 2006

The Manicou offers his two cents on the West Indies cricket team's defeat in the ICC Champions Trophy, Trinidad and Tobago's proposed breathalyser law and observes that “murder in Trinidad has no modus operandi.” And crime comes a bit too close to home for Karen Walrond as well.

Brazil: Lula's Victory

  6 November 2006

The presidential election results in Brazil showed, despite dire opposition predictions that victory for Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva would produce an untenable political situation, that Lula indeed has the political capital needed to lead Brazil for the next 4 years. Speculations about a divided country and the possible governance...

Moldova: Borat in Moldova and Romania

  6 November 2006

Peter Myers of Adventures in Moldova writes about Borat: “ Borat's “Kazakh village” was in fact filmed in Romania, so it was fun to watch the first four minutes of the film on YouTube and know what all these villagers were saying to Borat. His “wife,” Oxana, didn't say what...

24-hour demonstration against Internet censorship

  6 November 2006

Our friends at Reporters without Borders (often called “RSF” – Reporters sans Frontières) are organizing an online demonstration against Internet censorship, beginning tomorrow at 11am (Paris time) and continuing until 11am on Wednesday, November 8th. The goal of the demonstration is to draw attention to online censorship in the thirteen...

Kazakhstan: Free Haircuts

  6 November 2006

KZBlog reports on a bizarre scheme in Astana, Kazakhstan in which local officials have required hair salons to provide free services to pensioners and veterans of World War II.

Kazakhstan: Borat Opens

  6 November 2006

Sacha Baron Cohen's Borat, the story/mockumentary telling a “Kazakh” journalist's quest across America to marry Pamela Anderson, opened over the weekend in North America much of Europe and neweurasia looks at different perspectives on how the movie affects Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan: Steinmeier

  6 November 2006

neweurasia reports on the visits of Germany's foreign minister to Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan. Both trips were part of a region-wide tour that comes as Germany works on a comprehensive Central Asia policy to promote during its coming EU presidency.

Serbia: Attractions of Halovo

  6 November 2006

Trans Europa Express writes about the blacksmith and other attractions of “Halovo, Serbia: 538 meters above sea level, 500 meters away from the Bulgarian border. Number of houses: Depends on whom you talk to. Between 230 and 300.”

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