3 March 2007

Stories from 3 March 2007

Russia: Opposition Rally in St. Petersburg

A surprisingly large opposition rally took place in St. Petersburg Saturday: a few thousand people, old and young (some came with their children, even), broke through police cordons and marched along Nevskiy Prospekt, the city's main avenue; dozens were hurt in clashes with riot police, and dozens ended up detained....

Ghana: Perspectives of Ghana at 50

  3 March 2007

Like most Sub-Saharan Africans, Ghanians use the English language—not only as a lingua franca, but also as the official language. They use English on top of many local languages—and dialects—spoken and heard throughout the country. It therefore comes as a little surprise that (young) Ghanaians might just fall a tad...

Fiji: Newspaper General Manager Releases

  3 March 2007

Intlligentsiya blog is reporting that Fijian Military has released Fiji Daily Post's general manager Mesake Koroi. The blog says “Koroi was taken by soldiers to Queen Elizabeth Barracks yesterday morning after a letter was published in the newspaper yesterday titled ‘The Great Conspiracy’ which “alleged and named conspirators” in the...

Thaland: Crackdown on Sexy Uniform

  3 March 2007

Steve Suphan translates a Thai newspaper story that talks about Thailand's culture minister offended by “small group of Rajaphat University students clad in sexy short skirts and tight top shirts, smoking cigarettes and chatting to black male tourists at Wat Pho”.

Malaysia: Feasting in Ipoh

  3 March 2007

Traveling on a budget and still want to try great food, Bunnywunny recommends the Malaysian city of Ipoh. The blogger has pictures to prove her point.

Thailand: Chinatown's Eating Places

  3 March 2007

In a post titled Chinatown with Suthon, Austin Bush visits the interesting eating places in Bangkok's Chinatown. Suthon Sukphisit writes a weekly food column in Bangkok Post newspaper.

Syria: When Buses Become a Pain

Whether it's in Syria or Canada, buses will always be a pain as Canada-based Syrian blogger Omar writes. “we're standing on the sidewalk waiting for the bus… only the bus was already there, but the freakin’ driver has left it to go out for a smoke. so you're standing there,...

Pakistan: On Jinnah

  3 March 2007

chapati mystery on the perception of Jinnah in the academic and state circles through the years. “Since The General’s ascension, the “Heroes of Pakistan” focus has shifted towards the more brazenly militant ones and the earlier generation’s focus on Jinnah and Iqbal has softened considerably. Just recently, the religious party...

Nepal: On the flag

  3 March 2007

United We Blog! on the national flag in Nepal. “Our new democratic national flag must be able to embrace our diverse ethnicity, culture, religions, gender, and inhabitance of different geographical regions with the promise to guarantee our civil liberty and human rights; with the federal democratic electoral system for governing...

Nepal: Development and More

  3 March 2007

Democracy For Nepal has a list of “to do”s to accelerate growth and development in Nepal. “Focus on the information/telecommunications infrastructure more than on the physical infrastructure. Bathe the country with FM technology, the internet for the masses. Encourage the private sector to do most of it. Offer 10 years...

Bangladesh: Islamic Student Movement

  3 March 2007

Unheard Voices links to an article on Hizbut Tahir, which it brands as the Islamic Student Movement in Bangladesh, provoking an interesting discussion in the comments space. “Also, we can complain as much as we want about brainwahing, but there is a qualitative difference between the stereotypical youth fundy of...

Bangladesh: On politics and people

  3 March 2007

Salam Dhaka on involvement in politics being influenced by the impact on survival. And the answer to the question – What's in it for me? “The people have taken responsibility of their destiny. They do not expect anyone to be their great saviour. Democracy, constitution, human rights are all buzzwords...

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