6 December 2007

Stories from 6 December 2007

India: Still 1992

  6 December 2007

a reader's words reminds us of the events of 6 Dec 1992, when a mosque was demolished by fundamentalists, and on how things haven't really changed.

Cambodia: Survey Results

  6 December 2007

According to a recent survey, Cambodians feel that the high price of gas is the biggest impediment in Cambodia's growth.

Israel: Hanukkah, festival of light and cultural wars

  6 December 2007

Hanukkah an all-time favorite Jewish holiday, has interesting historical value dealing with issues relevant to Israeli culture and sense of identity. Hanukkah commemorates the victory of the ancient Israelites over the Greeks in a series of battles taking place around the year 165 BC. The battles were not about territory nor resources, but dealt with freedom; the right to practice religion and follow the Jewish faith. Gilad Lotan shows us how the struggle continues today.

Japan: Mutant Frog on Sasagawa

  6 December 2007

Adamu at Mutant Frog Travelogue writes about Ryoichi Sasakawa, the (now deceased) Japanese right-wing philanthropist and war profiteer once quoted as claiming to be “the world's wealthiest fascist”.

Korea: Wetland and Politics

  6 December 2007

A wetland in Korea will disappear due to money and politics. Saemangeum (pronounced “say-man-gum”) is a 40,100 ha construction project on the west coast of South Korea. It is the world’s largest “reclamation,”… Vast bird-rich tidal-flats and sea-shallows are being replaced by land and a huge freshwater reservoir, both still...

Kazakhstan: Reviewing Poverty

  6 December 2007

Marat posts a brief analytical overview of the level of poverty in the regions of Kazakhstan, and concludes that the worst potential social destabilizing factor is that there are lots of poor people in petro-regions.

Kyrgyzstan: Santa's new home

  6 December 2007

CXW reports on a Swedish consulting company’s conclusion that Santa Claus should move to Kyrgyzstan in order to be able to – mathematically and practically – visit all kids on Earth overnight.

Aghanistan: Taliban's Shallow Promise of Justice

  6 December 2007

Afghanistanica comments on the IWPR article, which is suggesting that some people are looking to the Taliban’s parallel justice system for help with their grievances. The blog insists that the Taliban’s promise of justice is shallow: while the current justice system in Afghanistan is indeed wretched, the Taliban justice system...

Kazakhstan: Do Kazakh Politics Coincide with OSCE Standards?

  6 December 2007

The main issue on the local blogosphere’s agenda are politics again – Kazakhstan with its controversial, more and more Soviet-alike political system and continuously poor human rights record, has won the top post in the Europe’s leading democracy promoting institution, OSCE. There are many speculations concerning the so-called “autocrats’ club...

China: Internet censorship on trial, day two

  6 December 2007

Is publicly notarized proof that your internet service provider has blocked your company website strong enough to seek damages? Just a week after National Legal System Propaganda Day, Shanghai-based IT blogger Du “Yetaai” Dongjin will have his second day in court where it is expected the defendant, China Telecom, will...

Receive great stories from around the world directly in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the best of Global Voices!

Submitted addresses will be confirmed by email, and used only to keep you up to date about Global Voices and our mission. See our Privacy Policy for details.

Newsletter powered by Mailchimp (Privacy Policy and Terms).

* = required field
Email Frequency

No thanks, show me the site