4 March 2008

Stories from 4 March 2008

Japan: Mixi to claim rights over user content

  4 March 2008

Bloggers Matt at Altjapan and Fukumimi report that Mixi, Japan's largest social networking site, has announced that as of April 1st, it will change its terms of use retroactively granting it rights to replicate, broadcast, transmit, display, distribute and translate any user content without compensation, including information in messages delivered...

Turkmenistan: Presidential Program Speech

Lunaric comes up with the translation of the Abdulgamid's post that analyzes Turkmenistan President's speech outlining the agenda to reorganize national economy, modification of the country’s investment policy and stabilization of the country’s geopolitical situation.

Brunei: ASEAN Youth Leader Exchange Program

  4 March 2008

The Rogue Economist links to a Youth Leaders Exchange Program run by an Singapore University open to all university undergraduates in ASEAN region. “I made many friends, learnt new things, exchanged a lot of ideas and enjoyed every minute of it. So, now is your turn…Enjoy!”

China: PX moves to Zhangzhou

  4 March 2008

The Xiamen chemical factory project has moved to Zhangzhou because of citizen protest. Wang Ning finds out[zh] that there are also protests in Zhangzhou, but the information has been repressed. So far he only managed to find one blog [zh] and an overseas report [zh] on the anti PX protest.

Iraq: Journalists Pay the Price

“In Iraq, journalists are always targeted by insurgents. The last sacrifice was the head of journalist union in Iraq who was assassinated in cold blood few days ago. Yet, no protections measures have taken by Iraqi government to stop this series,” write Laith and Jenan from Iraq.

Mideast Youth: Back to School

Mideast Youth bloggers took part in a Skype discussion with students from an American school. Questions were about race, politics, bigotry, nationalism, materialism and a few other ‘ism’s, explains Egyptian D B Shobrawy, who was joined by Esra'a, from Bahrain.

Algeria: Decoding Ahmadinejad

“There has been much discussion over the proper way to pronounce — and even transliterate — the current Iranian president's last name,” writes Nouri, from Algeria, who shares his thoughts on how best to write Mahmood Ahmadinejad's name.

Hong Kong: Money Without Vision

  4 March 2008

In the new financial year, the government has a series of measures to cut tax and give cash to the citizen, such as by paying their electricity bill. Willsin finds no vision and mission in the budget plan, and it tries to buy people support by money, rather than by...

Hong Kong and Japan: Maid Culture

  4 March 2008

Ben ng blogs about the development of maid sub-cultural economy in Akihabara [zh]. There are dozen of maid salon at the district and the blogger wonders if such culture would be imported to Hong Kong.

China: Save the Slave Labour

  4 March 2008

Wen Yunchao posts a joint letter [zh] to people representatives of National people congress urging them to rescue the slave labour from the illegal brick kilns.

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