Stories from 20 August 2007
Bangladesh: On Inflation
Unheard Voices on rising prices and an explanatory note on food inflation.
Kuwait: Blogger Bashar Al-Sayegh Arrested
Kuwait yesterday joined the ranks of countries with jailed bloggers, following the arrest of Bashar Al-Sayegh. How did bloggers in Kuwait and around the region react? Here's a quick review.
Tunisia: On Democracy
The Arabist links to an article on Tunisian democracy here.
Egypt: Life in Luxor
The Big Pharaoh, from Egypt, gives us a sneak preview of his life in Luxor.
Egypt: Update on Police Torture Death
Egyptian Zeinobia updates us on the case of a 12-year-old boy, allegedly tortured by police to death.
Dubai: Home Away from Home
Dubai-based Seabee gives us a list of who's who, who have made Dubai their homes in recent years.
Hong Kong: Right to Sunshine
Ben ng criticized the design of Screen-style buildings in Hong Kong from the view point of right to Sunshine. In recent years, Taiwan and China have passed law to protect such right (zh).
China: Olympic Stadium Designer Boycotts Opening
The Designer of Olympic Stadium (so called Bird nest), Ai Wei Wei, announced that he won't attend the Beijing Olympic Opening because the Olympic has turned into a political propaganda (zh). – more from Chen Lei gang.
Iraq: Missing College
Aunt Najma from Iraq writes about how much she misses college in this post.
China: 172 Workers Disappeared in A Shandong Mine
Tan Wei Shan blogs some pictures from a disaster in Shandong, where 172 workers was disappeared in the flooded Mine (zh). The news was banned and he could not carry on the reporting.
China: New Web Vocabularies
Josie Liu from China in Transition blogs about the documentation of new web vocabularies by Ministry of Education. However, many netizens found themselves nearly illiterate in front of a list of new vocabulary.
China: Cold Water Over the Hot Market
Recently Shenzhen's stock market’ value has reached RMB20,000 billions. Mr zhang pointed out that within 2 years, the market has increased 6 times and last year China's GDP was just RMB21,000 billions. All the figures are pointing to an overheated market. Worse still, the market is comprised of only 30%...
China: Independent Films
Mary Ann O'Donnell blogs a weekend party among independent films makers in Shenzhen. There were six independent films presented in the “old man party“.
China: Bridge Disaster News Report Banned
The collapse of bridge near Phoenix (Fenghuang) town (a touristic site in Southern China) has leaded to the death of 47 rural workers. It is believed that the disaster was deal to the corruption of local authority. News report has been banned. AHQ Weekly is spoofing the story to protest...
Israel: Firefox and Israeli Blogs
Ouriel Ohayon wonders why Hebrew Israeli blogs “are not working well or not working at all with Firefox.”
Hong Kong: Construction Workers’ Strike
In 1997, the daily salary of metal workers in construction site is HKD1,200 (USD150), today it is less that HKD600. Workers from Southeast Asia are even less. More than a thousand metal workers have been striking for 13 days to demand for an increase of daily salary to HKD950. Citizen...
Jamaica: Relief for Dean Victims
Geoffrey Philp's Blogspot reports that Jamaicans living in South Florida are preparing to “rush donations and other relief to the island” in the wake of Hurricane Dean.
Dominica: Dean Aftermath
Living Dominica, seeds of a madness flower and Steve's Dominica all blog about the aftermath of Hurricane Dean in the nature isle.
Barbados, Cuba: Castro Rumours
According to Barbados Free Press, the blogosphere is “going wild on ‘Castro Dead’ rumour”, while Blog For Cuba says, “If you want us to believe he's alive, prove it.”
Caribbean: Indigenous Percentage
“I would hate to be a 12 percent American Indian in a debate about indigenous issues with a 13 percent American Indian,” writes Maximilian C. Forte of The CAC Review, as he tackles the issue of DNA testing to determine indigenous cultural identity.
Barbados, Jamaica, Cayman Islands: Dean Update
Even as the storm heads towards the Cayman Islands, My Barbados Blog has a comprehensive updates on Hurricane Dean and its impact on Jamaica, while Notes from the Margin estimates the closest approach of the storm.