Stories from 6 July 2007
Iran: Media under Pressure
Iranian authorities stepped up the pressure on Iranian media last week. Ham Mihan (Compatriot), a pro reformist journal was banned on 3 July. Iranian Labour News Agency, Ilna, that covered news about strikes and unrest in universities has also been suspended temporarily and its director resigned. Many bloggers are talking...
Korea: Offensive foreigners
A bunch of foreigners who decided to make a drunken scene in a Seoul subway, included singing a song that degraded Korean (and Japanese) women. And then posting a video of their adventure on Youtube (all removed). Robert Koehler from Marmot's Hole was very angry and speechless towards the scene....
Hong Kong: Refugee
Ivy Chang reported on a photo exhibition about the life of refugee in Hong Kong (zh) at inmediahk.net. Since May 2006, the UN refugee agency had stopped giving financial support to refugee in Hong Kong.
Ukraine: News Roundup
Orange Ukraine posts an extensive review of the news from Ukraine, including election-related survey results.
Slovenia: Blog Roundup
The Glory of Carniola posts a new Best of the Slobs roundup.
Russia: Soviet Sports and the 2014 Winter Olympics
Vilhelm Konnander wonders what Russia will be like in 2014, and what the Winter Olympics will do to it and Sochi, and also writes about sports in the Soviet Union.
China: Xiamen to kill off anonymous posting
Joel Martinsen from DANWEI has translated some local reports about Xiamen Bureau of Industry and Commerce's preparation to implement the use of real names on the Internet.
Sean's Russia Blog posts a very interesting entry on the Russian and Soviet archives.
China: Forms of Protest
Alan Baumler from China History blog introduced Ching Kwan Lee’s book Against the Law: Labor Protests in China’s Rustbelt and Sunbelt, which discusses about labour protest forms.
The Accidental Russophile attempts to sound “intellectual” as he posts pictures of the Russian cheerleaders. Siberian Light points out in a comment that some of these cheerleaders “haven't quite figured out where to put the kneepads yet…”
Poland: Illogical Censorship
Boo is perplexed by what gets censored in Poland and what doesn't: “That Paul Coelho book with a cover that shows a baby's finger pointing at a nipple […] has a big black box over the nipple on all the posters around Warsaw. But, the magazine that has the terrible...
Czech Rebublic: Celebrating Jan Gus
NvB: Bored in Brno? celebrates the Czech holidays by playing Czech music at a college radio station in the U.S.
Poland: The Kaczynskis’ Follies
The Economist's Edward Lucas writes that the Polish leaders’ “logic is based on misunderstandings” and that “they risk making Poland as Greece used to be: unpopular, expensive and, most dangerously, marginal.”
Reuters Africa wins Diageo Africa Business Reporting award
The team here at Global Voices were overjoyed this morning to receive the news that the groundbreaking Reuters Africa web site won the best site award at the Diageo Africa Business Reporting awards (read the Reuters report here). The award was announced at a ceremony in London yesterday evening. This...
India: N Ram and China
The Acorn rips to pieces an opinion piece in an established newspaper – which appears to favour Chinese policies and doubt the Dalai lama.
India: Stripping on the street
To Each Its Own on a woman who had to strip down to her undergarments to ensure cops took notice of her grievances related to dowry demands from her husband and in laws.
Pakistan: Lal Masjid and the Media
Whisk feels that the media could do a better job of covering the Lal Masjid issue by exploring other angles.
Pakistan: Attempt on Musharraf's Life
Metroblogging Islamabad on the attempt to assassinate President Musharraf.
Bangladesh: Policy and the Poor
Unheard Voices writes favourably about the World Bank's document on improving living conditions for the Urban Poor.
Guyana: Healthy Eating
A book by Michael Pollan gets GuyaneseMark thinking about how lucky he is to be in Guyana, “where my only choice when buying produce and meat is to look at local, all-natural producers. It denies the capitalist consumer in me to search for the better price for food at the...
Trinidad & Tobago, Antigua: Stanford & WICB?
West Indies Cricket Blog links to a story on the proposal made by Antigua-based billionaire Allen Stanford to the West Indies Cricket Board.