Stories from 16 August 2007
As Japan suffers through what likely will become its hottest summer on record, with temperatures topping 40 degrees in some places and humidity at all-time highs, and even as business owners happily celebrate skyrocketing sales of air conditioners, fans, and ice cream, worries of an energy crisis loom on the horizon. In the middle of the scorching heat, one blogger has responded by taking matters into his own hands and doing the unthinkable: he turned off the air conditioning.
The debate about the new Nigerian blog aggregator, the SuperBlog, continues: “The purpose of Naija Alive is to create a unified voice for Nigeria, a unified voice that contains many voices. Such deserves praise and support. But, I never said that my blog was a Nigerian blog. Sometimes I write...
A documentary about Liberia, Iron Ladies of Liberia, has made into the Toronto Film Festival: “Did you hear that the film “Iron Ladies of Liberia” made it into the Toronto Film Festival? Heard there is a big screening at the opening of the UN General Counsel this fall as well…will...
Meet a model philanthropist from Tanzania; “The Shah's employ workers who make crafts like; handbags, wallets, briefcases, belts, hats, and chairs for the regions thriving tourism industry. Unlike most companies in Africa, they hire the handicapped and the disabled.”
According to TOL's Moldova Matters, “Moldova is ranked second in the world after Togo, in the list of countries with economies that depend on money sent from abroad” by Moldovan migrant workers.
TOL's Belarus writes about Belarusian photographer Andrei Liankevich's exhibition in Dresden.
Sierra Leone election update: “If you don't know by now let me be the first to say that THERE WILL BE A RUN OFF….No political party will be able to get 55% of the votes in this first round. Also there are many of my friends in the diaspora who...
TOL's Belarus writes about Internet regulations currently being considered by the government.
KO presents a timeline of Talibanization of Pakistan. “It didn't just creep up and hit an entire country on the head yesterday, it was a long time cooking.”
varnam is doing a fascinating series on Thomas Macaulay and his policies on education in colonial India.
Olechko posts a note on Olga Pylnyk, an artist from Lviv.
Foreign Notes writes about the living conditions of Ukraine's major politicians.
Ruined by Reading reviews Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an Empire, a book by Alex Von Tunzelmann.
My Himachal on a 400 year old town – Nahan, and the government's lack of focus on development.
De Rebus Antiquis Et Novis writes about jazz in the Soviet Union – and about stilyagas.
Yek Pezeshk says [Fa] that the Embassy of Afghanistan in Tehran protested against a TV series,Chahrkhaneh, where,it seems, Afghans were insulted.Afghan officials say the producers of this series presented an unreal image of Afghan young people and it will have a negative effect on Iran-Afghanistan relations.
UWB! has updates on Press Freedom in Nepal, with the Maoists backing off.
E-Bangladesh on murder and consequence in Bangladesh – taking a closer look at the role of military in governance.
Serendip says ,according to news,the United States has decided to designate Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps, the country's 125,000-strong elite military branch, as a “specially designated global terrorist,” according to U.S. officials, a move that allows Washington to target the group's business operations and finances.The blogger says the Arabic Part of...
Vilhelm Konnander writes on how Boris Yeltsin had nearly sold Karelia to Finland.
The government of Zimbabwe blacklists Global Voices Online: “Evidently, Global Voices is one of the sources of “‘virulent propaganda’ to delegitimise ‘our just struggle against Anglo-Saxons’.” We’re one of 41 websites blacklisted by the ZANU-PF government, a list that includes the Washington Post and CNN, as well as the personal...