13 September 2007

Stories from 13 September 2007

Iran: Dogs arrested

  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...

Kazakhstan: Energy Twists and Media Tricks

  13 September 2007

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.

Japan: Prime Minister Abe Steps Down

  13 September 2007

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.

Jamaica: Blogs on the Rise

  13 September 2007

Silicon Caribe says although “the blog as media is fledgling in the Caribbean…we’re excited to watch where it goes.”

Haiti: Flour Prices Go Up

  13 September 2007

“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.

Barbados: Net Neutrality

  13 September 2007

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.”

China: A Censored Lung Cancer Story

  13 September 2007

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...

China: Zhujian Delta Worker Band

  13 September 2007

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...

Taiwan: Losheng 911

  13 September 2007

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).

Panama: Expansion of Panama Canal

  13 September 2007

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: Abe's Resignation

  13 September 2007

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...

Japan: Abe down, otaku up?

  13 September 2007

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.

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