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27 March 2007

Stories from 27 March 2007

China: 500 days

In less than 500 days, Beijing Olympic will begin. Wang Xiaofeng has some wild thoughts (zh) about the Beijing city: 1. half of the population will leave the city to...

Martinique: Owing De Beauvoir

Says Blog de Moi[Fr]: “I am not sure that young women of today are fully aware of what they owe an author such as Simone de Beauvoir and to feminism...

Honduras: World Water Day

“March 22, 2007 was World Water Day. And guess what? Sunday we had no water! How ironic. Or how prescient.” So begins La Gringa's reflections on water resources in rural...

Japan: Apology Problem

Did or didn't Abe apologize for Japan’s wartime use of sex slaves? Oftenover from Japundit comments on the news about Prime Minister Abe's recent apology on sex slaves issue.

Japan: Mask Idol

Lee from Tokyo Times blogs about Japan fashion and fetishism by refering to the recent “Mask Idol”.

Mauritania: Successful Election

The CRIDEM blog points to a press release by Ould Maouloud stating [Fr}: “The March 25, 2007 election happened in good conditions marked by transparency, civic duty, responsibility and serenity....

Korea and Japan: Sex Trade

Robert Koehler from Marmot's Hole reports that: There are currently an estimated 40,000-60,000 Koreans illegally residing in Japan. Of these, 30,000 are believed to be working in the sex trade....

South Korea: FTA

Jamie from Two Koreas has an update about the FTA negotiation and anti FTA protest in South Korea: The march was also able to march into Gwanghwamun unobstructed, which was...

South Korea: blocking foreign porn sites

Matt from Gusts of popular feeling blogs about the recent government policy in filtering out foreign porn sites in South Korea: We're also told that the government “will block around...

South Korea: The Value Deflation of Schools

Michael Hurt from Scribblings of the Metropolitician has a lot to complain and criticise about the South Korea education system.

Uzbekistan: Picking Cotton

neweurasia posts photos of children taking part in Uzbekistan's cotton harvest and translates some discussions on LiveJournal blogs of the use of child labor to harvest Uzbekistan's white gold.

Kazakhstan: Green Cover

Ben Paarmann says that the Kazakhstani government's newfound interest in stricter environmental regulation of the energy sector may all be a way for them to justify not meeting stated production...

Tajikistan: Implications of -ov

Bonnie Boyd says that the Tajik president's decisions to drop Russian endings from surnames potentially has foreign policy implications for Tajikistan. She says that the decision does nothing for Tajikistan...

Kazakhstan: Serbia Defeated

At neweurasia, Leila reports on Kazakhstan's upset win over Serbia in Group A of the Euro 2008 qualifiers. This is Kazakhstan's first victory in a competitive match and second victory...

Armenia: Something Smells Fishy

At the Armenian Socialist-Libertarian Movement blog, Sasuntsi Anarchist says that the timing of the Armenian prime minister's death is suspicious.

Armenia: Consultations & Mourning

Onnik Krikorian reports on public mourning of Armenia's recently deceased prime minister and the political uncertainty that has followed his death.

Russia: Putin's Article in the Times

Very Russian Tochka Net thinks Vladimir Putin should stop writing articles for publication in the West: “Confused, placatory stuff whose only effect is to make a bunch of smart-arses think...

Russia: Non-Touristy Moscow Pics

The Turkish Invasion posts non-touristy pictures of Moscow.

Russia: Deadly Strip Club Fire

The Turkish Invasion reports on the deadly fire at a Moscow strip club.

Russia: Thaw

White Sun of the Desert reports on the beginning of the springtime thaw in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk: “Bereft of any kind of drainage system, the melting snow first forms a brown slush...

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