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26 August 2007

Stories from 26 August 2007

Korea: Koreans in UTORO

26 August 2007

There are 203 Koreans who are in a small village, Utoro in Japan. They have lived in Utoro since their ancestors were drafted for labor during the Japanese colonization period and they couldn’t afford the fare to go back to Korea. More than 60 years later, they are about to...

Japan: Peace Child 2007

26 August 2007

Hasan at hasanhujairi[dot]com has posted an outline of his experience at the 10-day Peace Child program at a farm in Chiba, two hours from Tokyo, discussing issues such as war and peace, pollution and the environment. Hasan transcribes and reflects on a speech by a survivor of the atom bombing...

Thailand: WordPress.com blocked

26 August 2007

On August 22th, 2007, access to wordpress.com blogging platform has been blocked by TOT (Telecommunication Authority) preventing Thai Internet users from accessing Thai WordPress and all blogs hosted on wordpress.com. “A notice has been shown when trying to access any WordPress page: “Sorry. TOT Plc., as an organization of Thai...

Gambia: The religion of sycophancy

26 August 2007

A Gambia Professor, Ba Banutu Gomez, leaves the US and returns to Gambia, but…: “What gets under my skin though is the tendency of African intellectuals returning home and all of a sudden converting to the religion of sycophancy to fit in the system.”

Cape Verde: Cape Verde beats Egypt

26 August 2007

Dan Klotz clebrates Cape Verde success in the African Basketball Championship: “As many of you know, most of these larger teams have better funding and support, so it really is a cinderella story when a team from a small country can beat all but the very best of an entire...

Iran:Fox Attacks

26 August 2007

Robert Greenwald's short film, “FOX Attacks: Iran“, outlines “the evidence from the station's own broadcasts, comparing their reporting before the Iraq war with what they are saying now about Iran.”

Iran:Protesting against the death of flamingos

26 August 2007

Wild life of Iran says[Fa] that tommorow,27th of August,some pro environment Iranians will organize a protest demonstration against the death of 2000 flamingos in Lake Bakhtegan,a protected natural area, in Iran. It seems pollution killed these birds.You can see a couple of photos of flamingos in trouble.

The Committee to Protect Bloggers is back

26 August 2007

The Committee to Protect Bloggers (CPB) “the first organization devoted to the free speech and personal liberty of bloggers worldwide, has come back after a 1+ year hiatus, with a tighter focus. Our primary goal is to act as the comprehensive clearinghouse for information on threatened bloggers and on threats...

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China: Bringing blogging to the countryside

26 August 2007

Three years ago this man shot to fame when he blogged a bloody murder that took place in broad daylight downtown Beijing and the botched police handling of the case. Now a veteran of the citizen reporter game, he's taking his blog on the road, to rural northern China.

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Japan: Crazy for a Bug

26 August 2007

A catchy tune about a funny-looking bug that bites people's bums and makes them happy, featured regularly as filler between children's programming on the national broadcaster NHK, is catching on like crazy across Japan. In this post, read more about the thinking behind the song, reactions from Japanese bloggers, and a post from one of the creators of the clip.

Indonesia: Kidnapping Children for Ransom

26 August 2007

Nobody in Indonesia feels sure as to what motivates the criminals to abduct a child to serve their purpose. One thing is clear this trend is growing and it grows at an alarming pace. The “climax” of such child abduction criminal trend was the release of Raisya, a 4-year-old pre-nursery...

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