Stories from 20 November 2007
China: Bankrupt ant farmers prepare to protest
Shenyang was mobbed today with furious ex-ant farmers, former employees of Yilishen, a media darling and one of China's most well-known brands in the health supplement market, as the company has just closed, taking the huge amounts its peasant-class employees had invested with it. The city's ant farming industry is...
Ukraine: Verka Serdyuchka; MTV Ukraine
Ukrainian Musical Matters reports on Verka Serdyuchka and the recently launched MTV Ukraine – and explains what makes Ukrainian music special.
Ukraine: Coalition and Other Matters
Orange Ukraine mentions that “NOVEMBER 23 is the new date when the coalition agreement between BYT and OU-PSD is expected to be signed” – and reports on plenty more things that are happening in Ukraine.
U.S., Ukraine: Holodomor Exhibit in NJ
Nash Holos writes about a Holodomor exhibit that has opened in New Jersey and includes “large scale reproductions of the lost diaries including one discovered just last year. These pages paint a picture far more chilling than any on the Holodomor made public to date.”
Japan: Japanese loanwords and their meanings
John at J-Life writes about Japanese loandwords, noting that many such words narrow their meaning when they are imported into Japanese.
Ukraine: Getting Married Ordeal
MoldovAnn writes about the “trying to get married in Ukraine” ordeal.
Bahrain: Losing Manama
Bahraini blogger Mohammed Al Maskati posts a photograph showing a street in the Bahraini capital Manama and explains why there isn't a single Bahraini in it.
Xena announces the wedding of a young Qatari female blogger in this post.
Israel: Real Estate Hunting
Yael K, from Israel, discusses real estate in this post.
Armenia: Divided Opposition
Citing press reports and opinion polls, the Armenia Election Monitor 2008 reports on the reluctance of the main opposition party leaders to support the candidacy of former president Levon Ter Petrosian in next year's presidential election in Armenia.
Uruguay: Children Involved with OLPC Laptops Show What They Have Learned
Hanía Villanueva, a teacher involved with the pilot project where One Laptop Per Child computers were distributed in Villa Cardal, Uruguay writes about about the Milk Festival [es]. At this event, the students were able to talk about their experiences with the computer and “the adults listen attentively.”
Peru: Blogs from El Comercio
Blogs from the Lima newspaper El Comercio have been looked at differently by bloggers in Peru. Perhaps it is due to the fact that these bloggers are given more attention because of their link with the large newspaper or because they are paid to blog. Nevertheless, these bloggers from El Comercio write about diverse topics such as Peruvian rock music, gastronomy, and looking for a boyfriend or girlfriend.
Bangla blogs seek aid for cyclone Sidr victims
Five days after cyclone Sidr ravaged Bangladesh, news regarding devastation continues to pour in. Despite steps taken by the administration to evacuate a large number of people and put them out of harm's way, the official death toll has now crossed 3000. According to the updated statistics provided by the...
Despite recent opposition protests and a state of emergency being declared, Social Science in the Caucasus reports that in general, “Georgia has been doing well” in terms of progress in many areas. Nevertheless, despite concluding that “Georgia is and remains a success story,” the blog says “the successes can be...
India: Luxury, Employment and Poverty
Memoirs of a Foreigner on idea of luxury in India, and how it probably means more employment for those who provide the services.
Blogian says that war and conflict often prevents Armenians and Azeris from looking at the similarities between the two nations. Unfortunately, one thing that both Armenia and Azerbaijan have in common is a high rate of human trafficking.
Armenia: USA Today?
Blogian says that an editor at USA Today has questioned reports in the Armenian media that a localized weekly digest of its material is to be published in Armenia this Friday.
Georgia: Campaign Promises
TOL Georgia looks at the campaign promises being made by Georgian president Mikhail Saakashvili ahead of January's vote. The blog also says that state employees are reportedly under pressure to re-elect the incumbent.
Armenia: Dark Years
Zarchka at Life Around Me says that former president Levon Ter Petrosian will always be synonymous with the days when Armenia had frequent power cuts. Indeed, she notes, rare power outages in the capital are now jokingly linked to Ter Petrosian's plans to contest next year's presidential election.
Armenia: Opposition Protest
Armenia and me says Friday's rally by the radical opposition in Armenia had more energy than previous ones.
Ukraine: More on the Coal Mine Disaster
Foreign Notes writes about the government's reaction to the deadly accident at a coal mine in Donetsk region and translates an article on mismanagement of the mine.