4 January 2007

Stories from 4 January 2007

China: Guangzhou's wealth

  4 January 2007

Guangzhou city mayor recently claimed that, according to local household registration data, the GDP per capita will be over US$10,000 this year. William long notices that such claim is a kind of “impractical boasting” (zh).

China: Yao Ming and beef

  4 January 2007

Frank Yu from One Billion users comments on the recent McDonald's poster featuring Yao Ming with horns with a subtitle: “beef makes you strong”, but the whole image conveys a totally different message to foreigners:

Africa: castrating Africa

  4 January 2007

Sotho writes a short, but thought provoking piece titled, Castrating Africa: Pascal Sevran is a French TV host. In his latest book, “Le Privilège des Jonquilles,” he says, “The black man’s dick is responsible for hunger in Africa.”

Toward a Francophone Global Voices

Tunisian blogger Sami Ben Gharbia on the Global Voices summit recently held in Delhi, India (Fr): “A will to build a francophone version of Global Voices and to spread the Global Voices China experiment was expressed. The first objective consists in translating in French what is written in English on...

Africa: honoring the African grandmother

  4 January 2007

Mental Acrobatics honors the African grandmother, “The group of people that symbolise above any other group, this unselfishness, this sacrifice for community, the group that is the rock of African societies up and down the continent, that provides a family home, a sympathetic ear, a lesson in discipline”

Not So Fast! – Bolivia to Require Visas from U.S. Citizens

  4 January 2007

Este artículo también está disponible en español en el sitio Blogs de Bolivia In a surprise move, the Bolivian government announced that it will no longer allow U.S. citizens to freely enter the country without a visa obtained at a consulate. Citing reciprocity and security concerns, any U.S. citizens including...

Ukraine: Thoughts on Staying and Leaving

  4 January 2007

LJ user chio – of Simferopol, Crimea – writes (RUS): On life A friend came for a visit recently – he had emigrated to New Zealand some five years ago as an already established businessman. He was shocked by what he saw around him. He was genuinely surprised by the...

India: A city safe for women

  4 January 2007

Metroblogging Mumbai reflects on an incident where a girl was assaulted by a mob of 50 men during New Year celebrations in the city. “There is always an age-old argument between my out-of-town friends, namely Delhi that Mumbai is a much better city to live in than any other in...

Bangladesh: Uncertainty and Politics

  4 January 2007

The 3rd World View on uncertainty in Bangladeshi politics. “And why should people trust their faith in the electoral process even overseen by a caretaker government when you can rent a rally and good candidates do not get the chance to run for the election.”

Sri Lanka: LTTE Tactics

  4 January 2007

Lankawatch on LTTE tactics given the heavy defeats in hands of the Sri Lankan military. “In a sickening revelation witnesses have said that the LTTE repeatedly filled up buildings used as training camps with school children ahead of an imminent air attack.”

Venezuela: Los Roques en el New York Times

  4 January 2007

Sebastian Delmont, a Venezuelan living in New York, was pleasantly surprised by a New York Times article [ES] about the archipelago of Los Roques, which he describes as “one of the most beautiful places in Venezuela.”

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