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9 August 2007

Stories from 9 August 2007

Japan: The words that changed my life

  9 August 2007

In her article this week at Magazine 9, Amamiya Karin talks about the words that changed her life [Ja], through the experiences of poet and former hikikomori (shut-in) Tsukino Koji, writer Misawa Chiren, and activist Takato Nahoko (famous for her work on Iraq issues).

Slovenia: Jolanda Čeplak & Mojca Mavec

  9 August 2007

The Glory of Carniola writes: “Last week was a bad week to be a blonde celebrity in Slovenia. Two popular blondinkas — the world-class athlete Jolanda Čeplak and the beloved media personality Mojca Mavec — fell from grace. Both of them stood accused of being cheaters.”

Russia: New Beslan Footage & YouTube

  9 August 2007

Despite years of investigation, many questions about the 2004 Beslan school siege remain unanswered. Recently, a video has emerged that seems to contradict the official view on what caused two initial blasts on Sept. 3, the day the storming of the school began. Marina Litvinovich, founder of PravdaBeslana.ru/Truth of Beslan, uploaded the new footage on YouTube, only to discover that two clips - which, unsurprisingly, contained extremely graphic content - were promptly deleted.

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China: One Olympics, One Voice?

  9 August 2007

European and American fighters for press freedom have infiltrated the capital, Canadian-Tibetan activists have gone underground and blogged from around the country about what's been called the Darfur Olympics, the Gas Mask Olympics even the Coming Out Olympics, so basically now the Pick Your White Elephant Olympics. But when one...

India: Taslima Nasrin attacked

  9 August 2007

Taslima Nasrin, the Bangladeshi writer in exile was attacked by a mob which included 3 members of the state legislative assembly belonging to Majlis Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen party in Hyderabad. IndieQuill has more.

India: Micro Entrepreneurship

  9 August 2007

Zoo Station on the hype surrounding micro-finance, and exploring why micro-entrepreneurs don't have the same advantage as other entrepreneurs.

Pakistan: Not an Emergency!

  9 August 2007

With the whole country discussing the possibility of an emergency being imposed in Pakistan, All Things Pakistan hopes that it's just a rumour. Later today, it was confirmed that the government was not contemplating an emergency.

Bangladesh: Floods and havoc

  9 August 2007

The floods in South Asia are still causing havoc. imperfect world 2007 takes aerial photographs of the area around the Dhaka airport, showing large areas still under flood water.

Iran:More worker activists arrested

Kaargar says [Fa] that several members of Tehran Bus Drivers Union were arrested today in Tehran.They were planning to hold a protest outside the house of Mansour Osanlu,their jailed leader.They asked for the release of Mansur Osanlu and another jailed union activist, Mahmud Salehi.Security forces surrounded Osanlou's house, preventing anyone...

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