12 February 2007

Stories from 12 February 2007

Japan: anti whaling

  12 February 2007

James from Japan Probe blogs about the anti-whaling action with a youtube video taken from the perspectives of Japanese whalers.

China: don't shit

  12 February 2007

Chiao blogs a photo taken outside a Beijing bar which listed out various regulations, including: don't shit in our tiolet but U can pee…

China: freedom and liberal

  12 February 2007

Li Yinhe comments that the word “自由” (liberal and freedom) is too negative in China because of various political campaign agains “liberalism”. She hopes people can slowly make it a positive term (zh).

Vietnam: Prime Minister paricipates in a Chat

  12 February 2007

Malaysian blogger Jeff Ooi has a post on Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung participating in an online chat with the public. The primeminister took on questions on topics such as press freedom, the Vietnam War and government seizure of farmers’ land for development.”

Kuwait: Richard III Returns to Life

  12 February 2007

A new Arabic version of Richard III is being staged by a Kuwaiti troupe at the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon from 8 – 17 February 2007, says Kuwait blogger Mama Fusla. Set in the contemporary Arab world, this production of Richard III unfolds within the hothouse, feudal atmosphere of desert palaces...

Syria: Passport Renewal Not Fun

  12 February 2007

Syrian blogger Bassam shares his experiences in renewing his passport. “Although I was offered to have an intelligence agent go with me to make things go “smooth”, but being stubborn and adventurous I figured I’d do it by myself,” he writes.

Russia: Subway Lezginka

  12 February 2007

A month ago, YouTube user KABARDINEC (‘a Kabardian‘) posted three rather odd videos of two inspired young men dancing Lezginka at a subway station (here and here) and inside a train car (here), presumably in Moscow. Lezginka's origins are said to be in the ethnically diverse Republic of Dagestan, but...

Ukraine: Utility Bills to Double

  12 February 2007

Kyiv's mayor will not profit as much as he must have been expecting, reports Ukrainiana: “Kyivites’ utility bills will double, the Kyiv City Council ruled Thursday, overturning the 340 percent hike championed by Mayor Chernovetsky.”

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