Stories from 25 March 2007
Korea and Japan: National Flowers
Ampotan has a nice post discussing differences in symbolism of Japan and Korea's national flowers: cherry blossom or sakura (Japan) and the Rose of Sharon or mugunghwa (Korea).
Hong Kong: “Election” result
Simon blogged about the media buzz about the result of the Chief executive election in Hong Kong – a result that has been known for 2 years.
China: World Factory?
Jacky and EPIN have translated a post from China Labour Watch on a Japanese businessman views China.
China: Journalist file: Zhang Jianhong
Angry Chinese bloggers opened a file for Zhang Jianhong, a freelance journalist, who was sentenced to 6 years imprisonment, plus a further years suspension of political rights, by the Ningbo Intermediate court on 19 of March.
China: Will Baidu Japan be Blocked in China?
Baidu has launched its Japan version. Its content includes Japan's Porn Images. Jeremy Goldkorn from DANWEI asked: Will porn get Baidu Japan blocked in China?
China: Mao Zedong condoms
Letters from China posted an ad from Nanyuan Road bus stop in Suzhou: it sells condoms in packages bearing the image of Mao Zedong.
China: Nail House Disappeared From Internet
Huge reported that the news about Nail House from Chongqing had disappeared from the Internet in China within two hours: people just wanted to criticize developers, now that the Internet police stepped in, people would scold the government… (zh)
Egypt: Bloggers Among Egyptian Demo Detainees
It is happening all over again..and may recur in a bigger way tomorrow (Monday March 26) as more Egyptians are threatening to take to the streets in protest against proposed amendments to the Constitution. Incidentally, a referendum on the amendments which are to be implemented tomorrow, which aim to –...
The Oldest Blogger in the Balkans
In the evening, Radmilo Ristic, a 74-year-old retired high school professor, likes to attend theater plays, gallery openings, literary nights, round-table discussions and other similar events that take place around Kragujevac, the city in Central Serbia. When Ristic comes back home, instead of the traditional paper and pen, his computer...
Syrian Blogsphere on Culture: Old Damascus Campaign, Norouz Day and “Tleebeh”
In this past week, most of the Syrian blogsphere was busy sponsoring yet another campaign in favor of saving what's left of the world's oldest continuously inhabited city, Damascus. The new plans that the Damascus City Counsel is trying to put to effect, include bulldozing two historic souqs (bazaars), Souq...
Iran:All women activists are free
According to Asieh Amini [Fa], two more jailed women activists are out of prison now. This means all women activits who had been jailed at the beginning of march, were released before Norouz,Iranian new year.
Iran:American spiritual leaders in Iran
There is an interesting link in Khorshidkhanoum blog about a program on PBS site. We watch producer Jamila Paksima revisits her birth country of Iran with American spiritual leaders hoping to promote dialogue on such explosive issues as nuclear proliferation, the Iraq war, and the holocaust.You can watch it here.