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7 August 2007

Stories from 7 August 2007

Japan: A Visit to Tokyo's Homeless District

  7 August 2007

Debito has posted a report about his visit to Sanya, Tokyo's day-labourer and homeless district. He writes that: “unless you have a reason to come here at all (cheap hotels during the World Cup 2002, day laboring), you could possibly spend your life in Tokyo and never know the place...

Japan: The Seikaryo Dormitory

  7 August 2007

Roy Berman at Mutant Frog Travelogue writes about Seikaryo, a Chinese student dormitory located in Tokyo constructed in 1927 by an organization belonging to the Japanese colonial Governor General in Taiwan.

Iran:Covering Iran's Revolution

  7 August 2007

In View from Iran, we read an interview with Marie. Marie is an award-winning filmmaker, artist, and teacher who lived in Iran for over a year during the American hostage crisis. Her love affair with Iran did not end when she left the country but rather continued.

Iran:Tortured students

Khorshidkhanoum[Fa] has given a link to an article that explains how three student activists have been tortured in prison.Thier families say Majid Tavakoli,Ahmad Ghasaban and Ehsan Mansouri, have been beaten up and deprived of sleeping.

Ukraine: Lutsenko's Business Ties

  7 August 2007

Ukrainiana writes about a former Maidan leader, ex-minister of the interior Yuri Lutsenko, currently #2 in the pro-presidential bloc, and his family's alleged involvement in what appears to be a corruption scandal.

Ukraine: Party Conferences

  7 August 2007

Foreign Notes reports: “The main political players held their party conferences last weekend. They were all very stage-managed, glitzy affairs, clearly revealing serious involvement of Western spin-doctors.”

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Medellin, Colombia: From Kidnapping Capital to Renaissance City

  7 August 2007

Medellín Colombia is synonymous with drugs, with Pablo Escobar, Marxist guerilla groups, and violent paramilitarists. But over the past decade it is also becoming well known and well regarded for having one of the most ambitious social experiments in Latin America. In this first part of a two-part podcast we become better acquainted with modern day Medellín.

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