10 August 2007

Stories from 10 August 2007

Bolivia: Wishes and Relief on Independence Day

  10 August 2007

August 6th marked Bolivia's Independence Day and also marked a time for Bolivian bloggers to reflect on the current state of their country. Many recognize that the nation still has a long way to go, but others paint a picture of a country that they would like to see.

Women bloggers targets for filtering in Iran

Mehdi Mohseni's blog Jomhour [Fa] (means Republic in Perisan) is a definitive source of information about social and political issues in Iran. If you “chase” Iranian blogs, you shouldn't miss this one. Around 1000 people visit daily. Q: Would you introduce yourself and your blog ? My name is Mehdi...

Madagascar hosts Indian Ocean Island Games

  10 August 2007

The Indian Ocean Island Games are underway in Madagascar and people are quite thrilled about it. Harinjaka gives us a preview of the anticipation back home: “C’est parti pour le 7 ème Jeux des îles de l’Océan Indien (JIOI). La flamme olympique arrive aujourd’hui au stade de Mahamasina (Tananarive) pour...

China and Hong Kong: Merging of Shenzhen and Hong Kong

  10 August 2007

Hong Kong Chief Executive's think tank, Bauhinia Foundation Research Centre, proposed the merging of Shenzhen and Hong Kong into a metropolitan, Lu qui luwei noticed the change of attitude in relating to China and the potential debate on free flow of population(zh).

Argentina: Theft from Checked Luggage

  10 August 2007

Jorge Gobbi and his Blog de Viajes [ES] writes about the recent discovery that employees, in complicity with the police,at the Ezeiza aiport in Buenos Aires have been stealing valuables from checked luggage.

Hong Kong: No Fur

  10 August 2007

The World's top model Joanna Krupa took a nude photo to promote no fur campaign in Hong Kong. Littleoslo found the poster design very unattractive.

China: Grassroots Magazine banned

  10 August 2007

Yaoblog reported that a grassroots magazine Minjian was banned by Guangdong Publication Department (zh). The Magazine was founded in 2005 by social development research center in Zhongshan University.

Documentary on Workers Rights in the Gulf

Jane in Doha points us to a documentary (in Arabic) produced by AlJazeera on the condition of workers in the Gulf States. She is happy that the regional media is paying attention to this problem since there are “17 million foreign workers in the Gulf. Most are from Asia and...

China: Cultural Revolution

  10 August 2007

Zhao Si-long recommended an article about the economic background of Cultural Revolution (zh) with some class and social grouping analysis.

Part Two: Defending online free speech and environmental rights in Bulgaria

  10 August 2007

In Part One of this article, I outlined recent threats to the Bulgarian environment and the vibrant web-led protest movement that developed in response. In this article I speak to Milena Bokova, BlueLink Information Network executive director, who talks about the intimidation against her colleague, blogger Michel Bozgounov, the threats to the freedom of online expression in her country, and the Bluelink Freenet Campaign.

Afghanistan: Civilian casualties in Helmand

  10 August 2007

The US argues that by fighting from civilian compounds, the Taliban are responsible for the death of innocent people in the Helmand province. That is short of blaming the victims, thinks The Stragegist. Meanwhile, Afghanistan Watch reports that a British commander has criticised the US for not changing its strategy...

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