Stories from 20 February 2007
China: alternative voice about Tibet
Granite Studio blogs about a debate about the historical status of Tibet: professor Ge Jianxiong from Fudan University argues that despite the continuing official stance of the CCP, Tibet has in fact not always been a part of China.
China: Pearl River Cancer zone
Onemanbandwidth retells a story about a victim of cancer in Pearl River Delta, a most industrialized area in China: Like the Mississippi Delta, the Pearl River Delta is in the midst of a class four silent storm. It is a cancer zone. It is the dumping ground for every industrial...
Guadeloupe: Burning “Vaval” King of Carnival
Vert-Tige Tropical posts pictures of Guadeloupean Carnival and adds (Fr):”The parade starts with a float carrying the King of Carnival ‘Vaval’ who will be burnt at the end of the 3 partying days “
Guinea, Senegal: Lansana Conté Must Leave if He Loves His Country
At Pourquoi l’ Afrique Claudique, Senegalese novelist Ndické Dieye tells (Fr) Guinea’s embattled head of state: “Lansana, leave if you have even an inkling of conscience or patriotism left! Leave to avoid an unnecessary blood bath! … I ask the police … to refuse to execute any illegal order given...
Africa: Manifesto for the United States of Africa
Le Pangolin posts (Fr) a Manifesto for the United States of Africa written by the Working Group of African Students in France. The document was presented to Alpha Omar Konaré, the President of the African Union Commission, in March 2004 and was inspired by other country unions around the world...
Hungary: A Podcast on Ciaran Tobin Case
An expat who killed two children in a car crash in Budapest has escaped punishment – Further Ramblings of a N.Irish Magyar writes more about the case after the childrens’ father contacts him, “detailing what steps the family plans to take next.” He is also featured in this podcast at...
Hungary: “Seven Magyar Wonders”
Further Ramblings of a N.Irish Magyar discusses candidates for the Seven Magyar Wonders.
Czech Rebublic: Prague Hotels
Arellanes.com recommends hotels in Prague.
The Balkans: “Trading Genocide for Independence”
Bosnia Vault reports that “the EU has become much more lax over demands that Mladic be sent to the Hague; in exchange for Serbia not blocking Kosovo's ‘independence’.”
Croatia: Photos of WWII Zagreb
Photos of Zagred during WWII – at Neretva River.
Croatia: Hitler Sugar
Neretva River posts a photo of “Hitler sugar” produced in Croatia.
Russia: Sheltering Karadzic?
Radovan Karadzic may be living in Russia: Finding Karadzic has more on the rumor.
Bosnia & Herzegovina: Raffi Gregorian Interview
Finding Karadzic posts an excerpt from an interview with Raffi Gregorian, the current Deputy High Representatives in Bosnia.
Albania: Observing the Election
Our Man In Tirana writes about observing the election in a “chaotic” town of 80,000 people, where “strangers are a rarity.”
India: On maps, thumbs and sexual harrasment
Known Turf on a recent exercise with the Blank Noise Project. Helping map experiences of street harassment in Delhi. “This was the idea. Mapping the city. Getting women to fill in the blanks – create their own letters to strangers, based on their own experiences. Involving them in ways that...
India: In conversation with Ameen Sayani
Kamla Bhatt Show talks to a living legend – Ameen Sayani in her podcast. “Legendary broadcaster Ameen Sayani talks about his early days, his brother Hamid Sayani and Bournvita QUiz Contenst in this first part of our conversation.”
Sri Lanka: Numbers and Deaths
Cynically Yours on numbers and dead soldiers. “I'd love to be able to say that when I hear 5 soldiers are dead I feel sad, but I don't. All my life I have heard about soldiers dying. After the first few years it just stopped affecting me. If it is...
Nepal: Maoists with guns and Maoists
Blogdai on the problem with guns. “They are attention-grabbers. So much so that ineffective organizations like the UN feel they can score major credibility on the world stage by pretending to effectively deal with weapons issues.”
Bangladesh: On corruption and the economy
Journal of a Disturbed Mind plays the devil's advocate in the case of of corrupt politicians and businessmen being arrested. “No matter how unwilling I am to defend the apprehended businessmen charged for corruption, it is true that they were also contributing to the society before their arrest. Some of...
Bangladesh: International Mother Language Day
Rezwan on the International Mother Language Day. “21st of February is the International Mother Language Day, an annual event in UNESCO member states to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. This is mostly the international recognition of Language Movement Day called ‘Ekushey February’, which is commemorated in Bangladesh since...
Trinidad & Tobago: Adventures in energy
The Liming House posts a part-allegory outlining Trinidad and Tobago's adventures in the energy trade.