11 January 2007

Stories from 11 January 2007

Bangladesh: State of Emergency

  11 January 2007

Drishtipat Group Blog sums up the current political scenario in Bangaldesh. “The State Of Emergency that was declared today is a culmination of a year of continuous protests and battle between gov’t (BNP: Bangladesh Nationalist Party) and opposition (AL: Awami League), all centered on the coming Jan 22 national elections.”

Bangladesh: Political Crisis

  11 January 2007

Adda on the escalating political crisis in Bangladesh. “At the end of three day siege organized by the 14th Party alliance turned very ugly when the Police used brutal force against the political activists on January 9th.”

Chile: OLPC and Politics 2.0

  11 January 2007

Chileans bloggers are very impressed so far with the US$ 100 laptop, OLPC. But how will the innovative device, meant to help bridge the digital divide, arrive to Chile? What do laptops have to do with politics? As Marcelo Aliaga (ES) explains: Como en todo, hay un chileno trabajando en...

Tajikistan: Mother's Best Friend

  11 January 2007

Candide describes the gahvora, the cradle used in Tajikistan and other parts of Asia, which, the author says, is the mother's best friend because it has “everything the baby needs for a good, safe sleep.”

Kazakhstan: World Class Architecture

  11 January 2007

Ben Paarmann reports that German architects won a contract to build housing and community structures near Almaty. Judging from the designs, he wonders whether or not the contracts Kazakhstan gives out for new construction to Western firms are resulting in the realization of student projects.

Kazakhstan: Government Shuffle

  11 January 2007

The Roberts Report reports the results of the Kazakh government's reshuffle, which has resulted, Roberts says, in another balance of power between powerful groups, but one that appears to indicate the rising stock of a particular figure.

Malaysia: Taking Over Malaysian Slogan from Porn Sites

  11 January 2007

Malayu Boleh is a popular slogan often used in Malaysia. The phrase is meant to encourage the malay people and it means “Malays Can”. People widely search for this phrase online. Several porn sites have optimised their sites in such a way that the search results for this phrase leads...

Missing in Cambodia: Eddie Gibson

  11 January 2007

It was in October 2004, when 19-year-old Eddie Gibson traveled to Cambodia from Thailand and went missing. Until today nobody knows the whereabouts of the English backpacker. The parents are now in Cambodia and they have offered a reward for information on Eddie Gibson. His last email to his mother,...

Cuba: Sheehan won't meet the “Damas”

  11 January 2007

Mark Masferrer calls the fact that US anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan will not be meeting with the Cuban activist group “Damas de Blanco” (Ladies in White) nor visiting a Cuban prison, “the biggest non-suprise of the week“.

Ethiopia: Jesus was born on January 7

  11 January 2007

Did you know that Ethiopians celebrate Christmas in January? Read Meskel Square, “As everyone who reads this must know by now, Ethiopia has its own calendar and time system – 7am is 1am, 2007 is currently 1999, there are 13 months in the year and Christ was born on January...

Kenya: Chinese cars in Kenya

  11 January 2007

Kenya Online Today has a post about Chinese cars making it big in Kenya, “Now the Chinese models are back and they are offer serious competition to trucks and pickups from Isuzu, Toyota and other Japanese models. Faw is a shiny model of a bus that has pleased the Kenyan...

Kenya: is Kenya prepared?

  11 January 2007

Life, Universe, and Everything writes about the preparations for the World Social Forum in Kenya, “Apparently, they don't want to put up the attendees in hostels, since they want a certain minimum level of comfort for them. However, should these beds not be identified, then they will have to resort...

Tanzania: a Panther in Africa

  11 January 2007

My Africa Today writes about Pete O'Neal, one of the last American exiles, “O’Neal fled the country, and has lived in Tanzania for over 30 years. He is one of the last American exiles from an era when activists considered themselves at war with the US government.”

Ghana: Ghanian food and culture

  11 January 2007

Ethan Zuckerman writes about a visit to Ghana by a popular TV host, Anthony Bourdain, “His camera crew does an excellent job of capturing the chaos, color and rhythm of the place, introducing the host to street food and the wonders of akpeteshie, Ghanaian moonshine distilled from palm wine. He...

Japan and Korea: tunnel

  11 January 2007

Goh Kun, a former prime minister of Korea, is proposing a Japan-Korea tunnel as part of his campaign for president. Joe from Multant Frog gives some historical background on the proposal.

China: flu alert

  11 January 2007

Ai Wei Wei puts up a flu alert on his blog: in Jan, among our dozen people working team, more than half of them got flu. Some of them are usually very strong and seldom have diseases before. Also, my colleague's friends and family members, including young guys from other...