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5 April 2007

Stories from 5 April 2007

China: Timely Sand Storm

Rosu blogs photos of a sand storm interrupting the speech of the vice minister of the State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA) during a tree planting event.

Japan: Ponyo on the Cliffs

Adamu reports that Hayao Miyazaki's new animation, “Ponyo on the Chiffs” is scheduled to be released in summer 2008. The production is completely hand-drawn, with no computers used whatsoever.

Japan: Oil Dream

Hisane Masaki from Ohmynews reports on the recent merge of two oil companies into Inpex Holdings to prepare for entering the global market.

Japan: Kickboxing Geishas

Marie Mockett from Japundit introduces a new book, Kickboxing Geishas, about contemporary Japanese women's role in changing the society.

Zimbabwe: another Dambudzo Marechera?

Poet Tinashe Mushakavanhu has been compared to Dambudzo Marechera. eshuneutics disagrees: The gaps are more to do with a poet learning a visual syntax whereas the breaks in Marechera are...

Kenya: two anti-Kikuyu constitutional amendments

Kumekucha reveals what he calls “two anti-Kikuyu” constitutional amendments in Kenya, “Moi and his cronies introduced the constitutional amendment requiring a president to garner at least 25 per cent of...

Somaliland: sign of order and normalcy

A sign of order and normalcy in Hargeysa, the capital of the Republic of Somaliland.

DRC: Recent Attacks on Bemba

Le Blog du Congolais posts an article by Freddy Lokolongo stating [Fr]: “The events of Bas-Congo and more recently attacks on the homes of ex-Vice President Bemba … with the...

Haiti: GEDIMEX and the Expired Food Scandal

Commenting on a news story about GEDIMEX, a food distributor who refuses to halt its alleged sale of rotten rice, Collectif Haiti de Provence writes [Fr]: “One wonders how one...

Kenya: voting dilemma

My Voting Dilemma – A poem by Kenyanpoet: This paradox of how a piece of paper With X and ticks marks like an exam paper To examine my literacy and...

Bahrain: GCC oversight

Bahraini blogger Mahmood's Den discusses the ills of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and their inability to implement important monetary policy.

Saudi Arabia: Phone Stalkers

Saudi blogger Nzingha's Soapbox tells the story of dealing with a potential stalker: “Now that freaked me out, it sounds like he is calling from his car and he is...

Palestine: Religion of Peace Website

Palestinian blog Oranges and Olives notes the hypocrisy of the website Islam the Religion of Peace: “It is supposed to be a sarcastic name, based on the origin of the...

Bangladesh: In Conversation with Ravinder Randhawa

black and gray in conversation with novelist Ravinder Randhawa. “British-Asian writers may traverse all the territory from fantasy to reality, chick-lit to crime novels, but, in general, if a novel...

Jordan: Perceived Anti-Semitism

Jordanian blogger The Black Iris of Jordan points out how using the term “Jew” can feel like it is Anti-Semitic; as well as words like Judaism and Israel. “It is...

Sri Lanka: The gripping game

Chaar~Max on the extremely exciting game of cricket – SL vs Eng. “Not letting down his captain Dilo held his nerves to bring down the target to 3 runs in...

Sri Lanka: Cricket's Appeal on the appeal of cricket. “I’ve watched whole games, but it’s hard to stay up till 3 am on a work day. However, the game courses through multiple mediums...

Egypt: Venetian Ties with the Middle East

The Arabist explains the ties between Venice and the Middle East: “Did you know the first Koran was printed in Venice in 1537? Or that Venetians learned the art of...

Bangladesh: Mohiuddin's Trial

Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying on the fairness of trials. “The Bangladesh desk of Amnesty International responded to an enquiry from Drishtipat, a Bangladeshi Human Rights organization, regarding...

India: Solo across the Atlantic

Rowing solo across the atlantic, Bhavik writes “Cleaning the bilge pump and the space under the bilge board is always a bit of a treasure hunt, turning up wrappers, paper,...

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