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29 November 2006

Stories from 29 November 2006

Pacific Islands: Increasing Chinese Influence

Alext at Golublog:An Anthropology blog points to an article that talks about growing involvement of China and Chinese businesses in Pacific Islands.

Kazakhstan: Interview with Merkhat Sharipzhan

neweurasia interviews Merkhat Sharipzhan, the director of RFE/RL's Kazakh service about his work and media in Kazakhstan.

Azerbaijan: Buying Condoms in Baku

The Budget Files reports on the joys of buying condoms in Baku.

Kyrgyzstan: Bishkek Against Capital Punishment

Tolkun Umaraliev reports that there will be a rally against the death penalty tomorrow in Bishkek.

Kyrgyzstan: Tear Gas Footage

Beau Gordinier posts video of police shooting tear gas at protesters during this month's protests in Bishkek against the Kyrgyz government.

Armenia, Azerbaijan: Karabakh Deal Close

Onnik Krikorian discusses the latest news that a deal on a peace deal over Nagorno-Karabakh between Armenia and Azerbaijan is close, commenting that he does not expect such a deal...

On Blogging Conflict Regions

Ethan Zuckerman, one of the founders of Global Voices, once said in an interview that to care about a far away place that gets little media attention requires empathy. Empathy...

Ukraine: Famine Recognized As Genocide

Kyiv, Nov. 25: Remembering Holodomor (Famine) Victims – by Veronica Khokhlova At the Holodomor Remembrance ceremony held in Kyiv on Saturday, Nov. 25, a big board listed the countries that...

Senegal: To Run or Not to Run

Robert Sagna, a former minister in the Senegalese government and Mayor of Zinguinchor, Senegal reflects (Fr) on the upcoming presidential elections: “The whole electoral process is corrupt and managed according...

Pana-Blogs Report

#1: From Chiriqui Chatter: El Desfile de los Bomberos en David , a very colorful report on a traditional  firemen parade that takes place in most large cities in Panama...

India: Cornershops in the era of big retail stores

Wal-mart's entry in India along with other big retail plans elicits quite a few reactions from those who feel it might threaten the traditional kirana stores (cornershops). The Indian Economy...

United Arab Emirates: British Trash

What would the reaction be if British-owned newspaper reviewed an Arabic restaurant, and used the term “Arab trash” to describe local diners? Find out from Secret Dubai.

Egypt: The Right to Love

“What causes sons to hate their mothers, fathers to target their daughters and husbands to persecute their wives? Have Adam and Eve not co-existed long enough for love and mutual...

Israel: Municipal employees strike

A strike is in place in many Israeli municipalities by municipal employees who did not receive their salaries for many months now. Yudit says: “Perhaps join us in the demonstration...

Oman: Freedom of press in Oman

“You can't stop people from writing online. It's easy to regulate the press because 1) the press needs big expensive machines to print newspapers. 2) they need trucks to distribute....

Palestine: Humanity lost

Waiting, as ever, for the border to open, Laila says: “One hour turned into two, then three, then five, as we stood shielding our eyes from the piercing midday sun...

India: A city named Madras (or Chennai)

DesiGirl at My Word! muses on Madras (now Chennai), on how the city has room for the new and the old with its own unique charm. “The old and the...

India: Gandhigiri, Hinduism and the Media

Ambimama reflects on reactions to a popular actor being tried in the court of law under charges of terrorism and a religious leader being tried for murder, drawing links political...

Pakistan, India: Governance in Azad Kashmir

The Glasshouse comments on the state of governance and lack of telecommunications in Azad (Free) Kashmir. “It was shortly after the earthquake that I learnt that the so-called president, prime...

Nepal: Democratic Parties

United We Blog! on why it is essential that parties in a democratic system function within the purview of the same. “It is absolutely necessary for eight political parties to...

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