13 February 2007

Stories from 13 February 2007

China: Li Yinhe fires back

  13 February 2007

Peijin Chen from Shanghaiist translates a post from Southern Metropolis entitled “A China This Big Cannot Tolerate Even One Li Yinhe?” The article is not only about Li, but also about freedom of speech.

Jamaica, USA: On privacy

  13 February 2007

“The irony is that the American achievement of new community and the Jamaican devolution into isolation is fueled by the same source: the Internet,” writes Jamaican novelist Marlon James. “Through the internet Americans have found a new way to interact while Jamaicans have found a new way to cut off...

Cuba: The untamable Internet

  13 February 2007

Marc Masferrer has news for Cuban Communications Minister Ramiro Valdés, who said recently that “The wild colt of new technologies can and must be controlled”: “What Valdes either doesn't know, or chooses to ignore, is that the Internet is not built to be controlled, with easy access points for censors.“

Cuba: Arriving in Miami

  13 February 2007

Marta Darby remembers arriving in the US from Cuba with her family in 1961, on the day before Valentine's Day: “Back then, in early 1961, Cubans would still go to the airport to greet other arriving exiles. I remember being oh-so-tired and happy. I remember seeing my dad on the...

Moldova: Questions on the Law

  13 February 2007

Law in Moldova poses law-related questions to Moldova's president Voronin: “Does the President care about the country's image that exist among its own citizens? It seems from the words of Mr. Voronin that he is concerned only about the image of Moldova beyond its borders…”

Slovenia: Euro-Tracking

  13 February 2007

Via EuroBillTracker, The Glory of Carniola tracks his 20-euro bill from Slovenia to Italy, where it was printed. A reader is disappointed his bill's origin isn't as exotic.

Russia: Pancake Week

  13 February 2007

The Turkish Invasion writes about the celebration of the Pancake Week in Russia: “For the Russians Maslenitsa is like a carnival for the Italians, especially because the initial sense of festivals is the same: the Italian word “carnival” (carne-vale) means “farewell the beef!”, and Maslenitsa that precedes the Great Lent,...

Iran:Demonstration against Nestle in Tehran

  13 February 2007

Kamangir reports that Basij members protested in front of Nestle branch in Tehran.He adds one of the slogans was “to save Al-Aqsa Mosque, we do not eat Nestle.” We can see a few photos of this demonstration here.One of the slogans in photo is “Nestle Chocolate, Zionists’ Bullets”.

Uruguay: Pizza & Faina

  13 February 2007

“In Uruguay pizza is not round, and slices are not triangular, well now [it] is getting more common, but when I was a kid, round pizzas could only be seen in movies.” Gabo of From Uruguay explains why.

Mexico: “Latin Americans Will Earn Less”

  13 February 2007

Citing a recent study by ECA International, Alfredo Sánchez of the business blog Olganza writes that real salaries in Latin America are forecasted to increase less in 2007 [ES] compared to the rest of the world. Writes Sanchez, “the five countries where real salaries will increase the most are all...

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