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7 February 2007

Stories from 7 February 2007

China: main theme T.V drama

The State Administration of Radio, Film and TV (SARFT) last month announced rules requiring China's major television stations to broadcast only “main theme” television during prime time hours. Ming Dynasty...

Budapest: Porn Capital

Pestcentric writes this about Budapest's current image: “Sure, Budapest now holds the dubious distinction of being Europe’s porn capital, (to be addressed at a later time), but its public face...

Hungary: Euro 2012 Bid

Pestcentric discovers that, due to the recent football scandals in Italy, Hungary (together with Croatia) may have a chance to win the bid to host Euro 2012: “Sure, Hungary has...

Hungary: Why Study English

Further Ramblings of a N.Irish Magyar points out that the Hungarian government is suggesting the wrong motivation for studying English: “[…] achieving the rather lofty (and therefore completely unmeasureable) objective...

Hungary: Health Care System

Hungarian prime minister recently compared the Hungarian and British health care systems. Further Ramblings of a N.Irish Magyar responded with a mock comparison – and here's the first item: “In...

Hungary: Down With the Barriers

“Since the riots last September, Kossuth ter – the square where parliament is situated – has been closed to the public. […] On Friday, the opposition party thought it would...

Estonia: Observations

Itching for Eestimaa has moved to live in Estonia: “So we are finally here in our new home of Tartu, Estonia. I've been here many times before, but never to...

Estonia: The Jewish Community

Itching for Eestimaa writes about the history of Estonia's Jews.

Estonia: Ilves on Bronze Soldier

Itching for Eestimaa mentions the Estonian president's position on the Bronze Soldier scandal.

El Salvador: Lost Economist

Ethel from San Salvador is now officially an economist. But where to from here? “I know I wanna make positive changes in my society, in my country, etc, etc, etc,...

Mexico: Doing Business in Mexico

Ellen Fields of Mexico-in-English recommends the useful cross-cultural business blog, Business South of the Border.

Pakistan: More censorship

After Blogger, it's WordPress.com to be censored in Pakistan. “The heavy hand of the govt. strikes again. First they came for blogspot, but the teeming masses said nothing, and moved...

Bolivia: Online Documentary

“One musician and a small production crew went to Bolivia hoping to create something that could provide help for the poor of Bolivia In the end, the warm hearts and...

Pakistan: Moving the mountains

Shirazi has a post on porters – the people who carry the load up the mountains. “The agile, tireless, hardworking people, primarily from local communities, ferry massive loads of gear...

India: Brown men smiling

Ready. Shoot. Aim on why brown men can't smile. “While walking in the mall the other day I made another Indian guy completely freeze in his tracks and look at...

Pakistan: New Blogger and Censorship

Moving to the new Blogger platform can make circumventing censorship a little harder. Teeth Maestro has an update. “a few contacts at Google since he has been interacting very closely...

Press freedom watchdogs slam Maldives

Major international press freedom watchdogs have recently slammed the Maldives for the Indian Ocean country’s bad record in press freedom. Reporters without Borders (RSF) has criticized the Maldives for violations...

Lebanon: Bush's War

Lebanese blogger Leila Abu Saba links a video of a Kuwaiti singer who makes fun of Bush's war.

Bangladesh: Fun and Islam

A bengali in TO on fun in Islam. “I asked one of my class mates, son of one muezzin, if he had watched the documentary. “We don't have TV.” He...

Jordan: When It Snows in Amman

It snowed in Amman, Jordan and the snow melted the next day, writes Black Iris. “The morning of a snow fall, when it’s really bad outside and the driving conditions...

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