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2 January 2007

Stories from 2 January 2007

China: Teacher strike

Teachers in Huadu, an outlying suburb of Southern China metropolis Guangzhou went on strike yesterday in front of the local district government building yesterday, calling for higher wages. A thorough...

Iran:A new law wants to force bloggers to get registered

Kamangir writes about the new law in Iran which wants to force all blogs and sites owners get registered.They have to provide a lot of personal datas such as telephone...

Lebanon: Saddam Hussein and Lebanese Politics

The last week in 2006 wasn't just about the celebration of the holidays. There's also the anti-government protest, the hanging of the Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, and politics in the...

Kyrgyzstan: Real & Metaphorical Earthquakes

Yulia rounds up reactions in the Kyrgyz blogosphere to political and actual earthquakes that have hit Kyrgyzstan in recent weeks.

Armenia: Independence Viewed Through Sports

Levon writes about how the state of Armenian competition in international sporting events can be seen as a smaller version of Armenia's post-independence experience.

Turkmenistan: Moscow Reaches Out

At neweurasia, Peter reports on Russia's overtures to Turkmenistan, which he says should come as a relief to acting President Berdymuhammedov and signal Russia's commitment to the political direction taking...

Kazakhstan: Aid to Kyrgyzstan

Registan.net posts about Kazakhstan supplying aid for victims of the recent earthquake in Kyrgyzstan, highlighting the shrewd political component of the decision.

Kyrgyzstan: New Year & New Constitution

Yulia writes on Kyrgyzstan's new constitutional amendments — ones which reverse very recent changes that weakened the power of the president. She says that faced with abandoning their principles or...

Armenia: Traffic Reactions

Onnik Krikorian surveys Armenian bloggers’ thoughts on making Yerevan's roads safer for pedestrians.

Sri Lanka: The Moped Diaries

aljuhara on beginning the Moped diaries and commute in Sri Lanka. “A truly expert bus driving tease will then not bring it to a complete halt but continue to drag...

India: Indians in Kenya

Sepia Mutiny on Indians in Kenya, culture, identities and the economy. “The aloofness question comes down to whether or not Indians are perceived to have a stake in the future...

Brazil: New iCommons Chairman

Heather Ford of iCommons announces that Brazilian lawyer Ronaldo Lemos will take over Joi Ito's role as Chairman. The next iCommons Summit will be held in Dubrovnik, Croatia from June...

India: Hajj Reports

Live reports from the Hajj at Indian Muslims. From the post on Day 1 – “Large crowds of pilgrims converged upon Islam’s holy city as the ‘Day of Standing’ on...

Nepal: International Elephant Race

Wagle Street Journal on the International Elephant Race in Nepal. “The public concern about the illegal poaching of Rhinos in Chitwan National Part overshadowed the international elephant race. People were...

Guatemala: Digitizing Police Records

The Guatemala Solidarity Network has a fascinating post about the digitization of the Guatemalan police archives: “The archive workers are racing against time. In March the Guatemalan Human Rights Ombudsman...

Bangladesh: Politics of terror

The 3rd World View on a booklet called Fang of Fanatics. “Bangladesh was battered by religious (Islamic) terrorists, who with their politics inside the mosques tried to establish a reign...

El Salvador: Top Stories of 2006

Tim Muth has put together an incredibly useful roundup of the top El Salvador stories of 2006.

Bolivia: And the winner is …

Mundo al Reves announces [ES] that Crónicas Urbandinas [ES], written by Estido from La Paz, received the most votes as the best Bolivian blog. The three runners-up are also listed.

Argentina: Cromagnon, 2 years

Jeff Barry attended the remembrance this past weekend held at Plaza de Mayo for the 194 people killed in the República Cromagnon nightclub fire two years ago. Speaking of the...

Singapore: The politics of Singapore's new media in 2006

Gerald Giam (via theory.isthereason.com) looks at 2006's highlights in new media and citizen journalism in Singapore. “The government’s “light touch” approach to regulating the Internet was probably one of the...

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