Stories from 13 September 2007
The blogger Dastan reports on the arrest of dogs by Iranian police on September 9th, to rid the country of ‘western influences’ and ‘immodesty’. The dog owners are shocked at the arrests and are worried about the fate of their pets. Furthermore, dastan notes that the dogs are neither fed...
Mark MacKinnon is astonished at “how quickly Ukraine appears to be tumbling back into the same trap” – towards a rigged election.
Joshua Foust spent September 11, 2007 thinking about what he calls "the original war on terror," in Afghanistan. He collects local opinion and searches for hope amid the chaos.
Be it the crisis of the country's biggest oil project or the biases of the national media: Both big stories from Kazakhstan this week demonstrate that power is concentrated in very few hands, while social indicators point at huge income inequalities.
IIU guestblogs at Orange Ukraine about the seventh anniversary of Georgy Gongadze's disappearance.
Foreign Notes writes about the expected turnout for the Sept. 30 election.
According to Copydude, “the number of operating hypermarkets in [Russia] does not exceed 150 for a population of 144 million.”
After less than a year in office, with approval ratings dropping to record lows after a recent humiliating upper house election defeat, Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo finally took the step many had been demanding on Wednesday and declared his intention to resign. The timing of the move, which brought the prime minister yet more criticism from politicians and the media, doesn't seem to have gone down very well with bloggers either.
The Manicou Report is not impressed with a Trinidadian Independent Senator's statement on a crime-related issue.
Silicon Caribe says although “the blog as media is fledgling in the Caribbean…we’re excited to watch where it goes.”
“The phrase ‘give us this day our daily bread’ suddenly takes on a whole new meaning,” writes Theo at Pwoje Espwa as he talks about the sudden increase in the price of flour in Haiti.
Cuba Journal links to a Jamaican news story that confirms the island's newly elected government will continue to foster diplomatic relations with Cuba.
Both Studio Film Club and IZATRINI.com blog about the upcoming Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival.
Notes From The Margin is concerned about the issue of Net Neutrality and how it affects the Caribbean: “For those of us on the outside of the US we could find ourselves as permanent second class citizens of the web.”
Larry Smith at Bahama Pundit blogs about “the economics of pollution”.
Minjian released an exclusive investigative story (as it has been censored by the Propaganda Department) about 4 mysterious deaths from lung cancer (zh). The 4 victims were workers in a pharmacy factory in Chongqin. One of the victims, Zheng, suspected that the cancer was related to chemical leaking as all...
Tang Wei Shan introduces a worker band, Green Band, in Zhujian Delta. The band was started 4 years ago in Shenzhen when two of the members were playing guitars in an open space. Their wish is to have singing tour around Zhujian Delta industrial zone. Their most recent performance was...
Yesterday, Taiwan police forced into Losheng Sanatorium and evicted student and preservation activists. A video, Losheng 911, recording the history of Losheng struggle and the protest and eviction scenes has been put up in dailymotion. Coolloud had a citizen reporter account on the eviction (zh).
Tatiana attended the ceremony that marked the beginning of the expansion of the Panama Canal [ES], which included a speech by former US president Jimmy Carter (in Spanish). She also posts photos of the canal.
Japan Observer was surprised by Abe's resignation and wrote down his first thoughts: The LDP is in trouble, but Mr. Abe's unexpectedly hasty exit gives the party a chance to select someone who can communicate with the public, earn the trust of the Japanese people, and move an agenda forward...
Roy Berman from Mutant frog comments on the resignation of Japan Prime Minister Abe Shinzo and lists out a colorful history of the potential candidate Aso Taro.