Stories from 5 September 2007
India: On buying condoms
Learning by Living on the rather delicate issue of buying female condoms in India.
Lebanon: Celebrating the Return of Soldiers
My Beloved Lebanon and Blacksmiths of Lebanon posted many photos of the jubilant crowds welcoming the returning soldiers their months long battle with Fateh el Islam in the Naher el Bared Camp (North Lebanon).
Bloggers Discuss Africa's Informal Economies
Africa’s informal economies have for long generated intense research and debates, primarily within academic and professional circles, i.e., university professors, students, economists, and economic development professionals. The most recent development is the foray of Africa’s blogosphere into this discussion.
Trinidad & Tobago: Public Art
“As cities in the first world move to celebrate their works of art we hide ours behind facades and glass”: Blogging from Trinidad and Tobago, Thebookmann makes a case for preserving public art.
Jamaica: Strong Writers
Far from being “soft”, Jamaican Geoffrey Philp believes that “the more I read the blogs of my fellow Caribbean writers…the more I know that these writers have the hearts of warriors.”
Cuba: Castro and Change
Child of the Revolution thinks that Fidel Castro's most recent reflexion “is a clear sign to those waiting in the wings inside and outside Cuba (does that include Raul Castro?), that while Castro I is alive, there will be no change on the island of any type.”
Belize: State of Emergency Lifted
Belizean reports that the government has lifted the state of emergency that had been declared in anticipation of the arrival of Hurricane Felix.
Anguilla: The Impact of Blogging
Corruption-free Anguilla rates the usefulness of his blog by measuring how it has (and has not) influenced change.
South East Asia: White Elephants
Bisean looks at the importance of white elephants to the royalty in continental South East Asia.
Singapore: How to Spend a Cashless day in Singapore
Daphne shows how a cashless day can be spent pampering yourself in Singapore.
China: Song on GFW
Calon from bullog changed the lyrics of “I bet you they won’t play this song on the radio” into a song on Great Fire Wall: I bet you they won’t stop the G-F-W, I bet you they won’t show the (bleep) to you, It’s not that it’s (bleep) or (bleep)...
China: Net Nanny Goes Crazy
Jeremy Goldkorn from DANWEI translated and collected more comments and news on the recent harmonizing act by the net nanny because of the up-coming 17th party congress.
China: Barcamp Beijing 2007
Andrew Lih writes a brief report on the Barcamp 2007 unconference in Beijing last Sunday: The grassroots, unpredictible nature of these plan-on-the-spot unconferences make them uncomfortable for the authorities here, but perhaps they’ll see these do much more good than harm.
Japan: Discrimination At Well-known Gym Chain
Debito blogged a letter written by Jim Dunlop which complained about various forms of discrimination in their policy: Be aware, that if you are either a foreigner, or have any sort of physical disability, you may be discriminated against, or even prevented from joining.
Arabeyes: Countdown to Ramadhan
Ramadhan is a holy month in the Muslim calendar and it is celebrated in all Muslim countries, culminating with a feast or Eid after four weeks of fasting. Muslims are expected to stop eating and drinking, as well as refrain from sex and any 'impure' thoughts, from sunrise to sunset during this month. How are bloggers preparing for this month? Amira Al Hussaini tours Arab blogs to find out.