7 September 2007

Stories from 7 September 2007

Barbados, Grenada: Campaign Finance Reform?

  7 September 2007

“Grenada's ruling New National Party admitted they received campaign financing from a failed offshore bank but denied that the funds ever went directly to its leader,” writes The Bajan Reporter, as he details how the case increased pressure for the passing of legislation to govern campaign financing on the island.

Barbados: Crunching the Numbers

  7 September 2007

Pull! Push! breaks down the reality of Barbados’ national debt into “terms and figures that the average man or woman on the street can easily understand and appreciate.”

Indonesia: Balance of Trade

  7 September 2007

Exegesis says the concept of Trade Balance should not be used in a negative way. The blogger is responding to an Indonesian news paper article that is lamenting Indonesia's trade imbalance with Russia.

Bahamas: A Lot of Garbage

  7 September 2007

Rick Lowe at WeblogBahamas.com thinks that the island's residential garbage collection “is ripe for privatisation.”

Taiwan: Pacific Humpback Dolphin Workshop

  7 September 2007

Michael Turton wrote an elaborative report on the “Second International Workshop on the Conservation and Research Needs of the Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphins, Sousa chinensis, in the waters of western Taiwan”. The workshop had some detailed discussion about politics in environmental impact assessment.

Peru: OLPC in Arahuay

  7 September 2007

One Laptop Per Child News takes a look at the detailed account of the OLPC pilot project in Arahuay. Carla Gomez Monroy documents the entire process and adds her thoughts at the OLPC Wiki page.

Argentina: 260,000 Bloggers and Counting

  7 September 2007

According to a recent article in the Buenos Aires newspaper Clarin, there are approximately 260,000 bloggers in Argentina. Blog Pasa en Buenos Aires [ES] takes a closer look at the data, which among other says that nearly 45% of the bloggers are under 20.

Peru: Horse Patrols for Lima

  7 September 2007

The Peruvian National Police has decided to purchase 200 horses to help patrol the city. Pospost [ES] notes a study that demonstrates that the horse patrols has help reduce crime in some districts.

Chile: The Month of September

  7 September 2007

En Tu Ciudad [ES] writes that September is month of contrasts for the city of Santiago, “It's a month with few work days, with a lot parties, a lot of fun, but hate on the other hand, a lot of festive spirit and with unity, with a lot of joy...

Ecuador: Blogs for the Constituent Assembly

  7 September 2007

President Rafael Correa and his political party is leading the way in utilizing internet technologies to spread their message, with their sights set on the elections for the Constituent Assembly. His political party Alianza País already has its own YouTube channel and a Flickr account for the official photographer. Now, it has created a blog community website that will provide blogs for each of the candidates to spread their message and interact with potential voters. The President has also announced plans for his own official personal blog.

China: Banning Sexual Implication Content

  7 September 2007

Josie Liu from China in Transition blogged about the Chinese Government's effort in banning sexual implication content in T.V and radio broadcast. Despite the bans, there are more and more sexual implications in the media.

China: Herbal Tea Soft Drink

  7 September 2007

Imagethief writes about a soft drink brand called Wang Lao Ji, which turns herbal tea into popular soft drink and is supposed to be healthy for the body. However, looking into the ingredient, it is more a sweet soft drink than herbal tea.

Japan: Voters get the government they deserve

  7 September 2007

Ampontan writes about the long-time “nexus of money, politics, and government” in Japan, translating a blog post on a book about the late Agriculture minister Matsuoka Toshikatsu, whose career famously ended in suicide. After highlighting numerous money scandals in Japanese politics, Ampontan notes that: “All the people we discussed for...