Stories from 15 June 2007
Jamaica: Homophobia and Tourism
Francis Wade wonders whether the signals Jamaica is sending to the international community about its position on homosexuality is having an adverse affect on the island's image.
“Our imaginations determine the quality of our lives. Change, personally and nationally, occurs when the imagination is engaged in purposeful activity.” Geoffrey Philp muses about charity, imagination and risk.
Dominica: Health Care Ranking
“When the world's wealthiest country, the U.S, ranks behind our small island, we must be doing something right.” Chris at Dominica Weekly is proud to learn that the World Health Organization ranks Dominica 35th in health care.
Africa: Blogging TED Global
Africa's business blogosphere is known for being many things: Diverse Analytical Funny Engaging And the list could go on and on. But one thing that it is not generally known for is uniformity. During the historic week of June 4 – 8, 2007, however, this was all to change –...
Barbados, Antigua: CARICOM Journalists Deported
In the wake of the deportation of two CARICOM journalists from Antigua, Barbados Free Press writes: “Many Caribbean governments carry a veneer of civilized behaviour and adherence to democratic principles but quickly show near-despotic roots when the media actually does its job.”
Bahamas: Election Court
“They should take their losses, pick up their marbles and go about their business of being the most effective opposition ever seen in The Bahamas.” WeblogBahamas.com thinks that the former ruling party's decision to go to Election Court is a waste of time and money.
A Japanese blogger who studies Korean
A Japanese blogger who studies Korean introduces herself and welcomes bloggers who would like to know about Japan and Japanese.[ko]
A Korean politician who sexually harassed a female journalist in a drinking place
A Korean politician who sexually harassed a female journalist in a drinking place last year has been fined 5,000 US dollars, but is allowed to keep his position. There are many criticisms. [ko]
The star of “Miryang” or “Secret Sunshine,” a Korean film, was awarded best actress at Cannes. The film deals in part with religion, and can be seen as critical of Christianity. The issue is sensitive, and this is one of many opinions from bloggers. [ko]
Laos: Preparing Fermented Pork Sausage
The Lao Cook TV has a video post on preparing soo moo – fermented or soured pork sausage
Malaysia: Comparing Malaysia and Singapore
Being neighbors and having similar history and culture, Singapore and Malaysia get compared all the time. Esther, A Malaysian, having visited Singapore recently blogs her own take. (via Tomorrow.sg)
Vietnam: Utility Costs
Vietnam's growth has been attracting a lot of expatriates. VA to VN has a breakdown of what your utility bills would look like if you were to move to Vietnam.
Indonesia: Government's Role in Attracting Investment
Martin Manurang looks at the role of Chinese and Indian government in attracting investments and urges Indonesia to learn from them.
Malaysia: Meeting Mr Shariibuu, Father of the murdered Mongolian Fashion Model
Susan Loone is inviting Malaysian bloggers to meet the father of fashion model Altantuya who was murdered in Malaysia late last year. “He needs to know there are many many Malaysians who are kind and compassionate.”
Chile: The Most at Peace in Latin America
Notas Al Margen [ES]
Colombia: Clinton Receives “Colombia is Passion” Award
Plan Colombia and Beyond gives three brief policy updates, including news that the Colombian president awarded Bill Clinton a “Colombia is Passion” award.
Peru: Food from the Jungle
Juan Arellano of Globalizado [ES] takes his readers on a series of two blog entries to learn about delicious food from the jungle region of Peru.
Japan: Wooden Car
James from Japan probe introduces a Japanese Wooden Car: The vehicle, which can go up to 80km/h, costs around 32,000 US dollars.
China: Wang Shuo's Informer Letter Against Corruption of Censorship Department
Wang Xiao-feng posted Wang Shuo's Informer Letter to the Supreme People’s Procuratorate against the corrupted practice of T.V program censorship teams. Wang Shuo is a contemporary Chinese writer who is well-known in Pi-zi (痞子) rascal behaviour. The letter is in the style of parody but capture the reality of censorship...
India: Rajnikanth Movie Mania, Bollywood and Web Analytics
It is movie mania week and it is not from Bollywood but from Kollywood or the Tamil film industry. Rajnikanth's (or Rajni) Sivaji: The Boss is slated for release tomorrow (Friday, June 15, 2007) and the hype surrounding the movie has reached fever pitch level among his fans. Rajni is...
India: The Kanchipuram Girl and other photographs
Keerthivasan from Chennai visited nearby Kanchipuram, a temple town. An avid photographer, he snapped a lot of photos but displayed only one! He did not even choose to take this photo. When he was busy concentrating on the temple elephant, a passerby with an authoritative voice demanded that he shoot...