Stories from 12 March 2007
Debito explains why he believes that Japan police was involved in the racist publication: GAIJIN HANZAI.
James blogs about a recent survey by Japan Health Ministry: 15% of Japanese women between the ages of 20 and 24 cut themselves.
Researchers from Hokkaido University have created artificial blood vessels using collagen derived from the skin of salmon – more from Pink Tentacle.
Joe from Multantfrog discusses about the abortion law in Japan. Its origin is related to the Eugenic Protection Act, which is to prevent the birth of progeny which are undesirable from a eugenic standpoint, while protecting the life and health of mothers.
Voice of the people has a photo essay on the International Woman's Day.
The price of uniform becomes a talking point in South Korea, Matt has a summary of the issue at stake.
Safrang says that Afghanistan does not have a free press.
KZBlog reports that Kazakhstan's government plans to adopt corporate management structures for government ministries.
The CRD/TI Armenia Election Monitor 2007 reports that campaign advertisements are going up in Yerevan despite such ads not yet being legally allowed.
Afghanistanica examines whether the lack of protection of women's rights in Afghanistan is the result of culture or conflict.
Onnik Krikorian writes some of his impressions of Georgia, saying that it is doing far better than Armenia on many counts.
The W.E.C. group blog reviews the opening ceremony of the 2007 Cricket World Cup, which took place yesterday in Jamaica.
“How this previously unknown Shakespeare play came to be in the West Indian Reference Library in Port of Spain I don't know,” writes blogger Jeremy Taylor, as he runs an excerpt from the aforementioned work, which describes events bearing “an uncanny resemblance to events in Trinidad and Tobago this last...
Jamaican novelist Marlon James weighs in on the actions of Ahmed Akkari, who circulated a suspicious photocopy designed to inflame Muslim sensibiliites à la the Danish cartoons.
Jamaican writer Geoffrey Philp asks: “what makes a work of literature memorable right now.”
Sean's Russia Blog writes about the 20 journalists who have been killed since Vladimir Putin became Russia's president.
Siberian Light reports on PricewaterhouseCoopers’ recent brush with tax police in Moscow.
In an interview at antropologi.info, Vytis Ciubrinskas, a Lithuanian social anthropologist, talks about the problems that exist in his field in Lithania and elsewhere in Eastern Europe.
White Sun of the Desert discusses Russian salaries (low) and the workload they cover (not too intense).
Tim Newman of White Sun of the Desert sets up an online forum for Sakhalin expats: “Considering the number of expats here and the size of the oil and gas projects both present and future, it always surprised me how little information is available to anyone coming here, or indeed...
Ecuadorean-Mexican blogger Eduardo Arcos can't help but draw attention to the fact that some indigenous Guatemalan organizations will purify holy places [ES] following the visit of George W. Bush. Arcos adds, “I still don't understand why Bush insists on visiting Latin American countries. Nobody wants him.”