9 June 2007

Stories from 9 June 2007

China: Flickr filtered and the Flickr community reacts

  9 June 2007

Flickr, the popular photo-sharing site is being blocked in China since June 7th: “It seems that access to our image servers is being blocked for users in much of China. Our technical staff has looked into this at depth and determined this is not a technical issue from our end....

Kenya: Kenyan bank website hacked

  9 June 2007

Kenya-Byte writes about the Kenyan bank whose website was hacked recently: “Equity Bank’s website was defaced last week. Safaricom’s website is suspiciously unavailable. There is some mischief going around. The cracker who defaced Equity’s site might not have caused serious loss to the bank apart from denting the reputations of...

Tanzania: Believe, Begin, Become

  9 June 2007

Afromusing blogs about the launch of Believe-Begin-Become program in Tanzania: “The programs’ goal is to support the youth in entrepreneurial pursuits by providing training, networking, and mentoring through technoserve and in partnership with the government. The plans they are looking for through business plan competitions in Tanzania, ought to be...

Sudan: Darfur conflict vs. Paris Hilton on Google

  9 June 2007

Thinker's Room defines insanity as Paris Hilton vs. Darfur conflict on Google: “That’s right. There is almost FIVE TIMES as much content about some nebulous nobody than one of the biggest tragedies every to befall this earth. We pay more attention to issues of nuisance value than serious catastrophes that...

Tanzania: musical journey to Mount Kilimanjaro

  9 June 2007

Bongoland II writes about Innocent Galinoma, a reggae artist from Tanzania living in the US: “His message is real and genuine, which you quickly pick up on when you talk to him. For example upon hearing his hit song “KILIMANJARO”, one could think that the message is about the famous...

Singapore: Kampong Barber Memories

  9 June 2007

Lam Chun Chew remembers their kampong barber Mr. Low from his childhood days “He had another skill that enabled him to clear sand or small particles which got in his customer’s eyes by accidents. I saw him on one occasion lift a guy’s eye-lit, picking out a sand particle using...

Vietnam: America and Racism

  9 June 2007

VietPundit is offended by people who think of US as a racist country. “The truth is that there’s less racism in America than anywhere else on earth. Just from the little corner of Asia where I came from: the Vietnamese hate the Chinese, who can’t stand the Japanese, who despise...

Singapore: Remembering Vietnamese Boat People

  9 June 2007

The blogger at monsoonmaritimeservices recalls the late 70s encounters with the Vietnamese boat people. “During those time, those of us on merchant ships plying the South China Sea would have seen these decrepit boats overloaded with hundreds of “boat people” – We were in a dilemma, do we risk taking...

Malaysia: Men and Sex

  9 June 2007

5XMom read about a two-timing man on friend's blog who justified his actions by assuming that “woman is capable of just sleeping around without emotions involved”. The blogger cautions her readers “Classic. Grow up. Remember. Men have sex due to lust. Women have sex due to being fooled into thinking...

Chile: Cold Wave in Santiago

  9 June 2007

En Tu Ciudad [ES] reflects on the hardships suffered by many of the city's residents during the recent cold temperatures in Santiago. He also doesn't see anyone taking concrete steps in providing comfort or shelter for these individuals.

Ecuador: Participatory Media

  9 June 2007

Christian Espinoza summarizes the use of interactive and participatory media in Ecuador's online newspapers. On his blog Cobertura Digital [ES], he also writes about the newspaper Diario El Comerico's new feature “I Was There,” which allows readers to send information about events that they may have witnessed.

Thailand: Wai Khru Ceremony

  9 June 2007

Richard Barrow at Thai-Blogs.com has pictures from the Thai Wai Khru Ceremony. I think one of the highlights for us during the first semester in schools in Thailand is the Wai Khru Ceremony. This is when the students pay respects to their teachers and present them with flowers or jasmine...

Thailand: Petrochemical Projects in the South

  9 June 2007

Bangkok Pundit has a post on Thai prime minister's plans of launching petrochemical projects in the restive south of Thailand to improve the economic condition of people living in the area. There are some interesting comments below that talk about how much oil and gas project help the locals.

Singapore: Singapore Based Company to Take Over N.Korean Tobacco Share

  9 June 2007

British American Tobacco (BAT) is leaving its North Korean joint venture and a Singapore based group is taking overs BAT's place reports dprkstudies.org. South East Asian and Chinese companies often fill the gap left by western companies who leave North Korea and Myanmar due to public or government pressure in...

Armenia: National Glue

At Blogrel, Harmick wonders whether or not a shared sense of pain resulting from the experience of genocide is the glue that gives Armenians around the world a shared sense of identity, and worries whether or not that sense of shared identity would vanish if the community decided to put...

Argentina: Blog Documentary

  9 June 2007

Blogonoia [ES] is an Argentine blog that has been chronicling the progress and writing about the interviews that will be part of the ongoing blog documentary project.

Argentina: The New Noise Law

  9 June 2007

Pasa en Buenos Aires [ES] writes about the new “Noise Law” that seeks to curb the level of noise in the city and limits to 80db. The law also places restrictions on car alarms and sirens. Those that do not conform to the new law can face fines up to...

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