Stories from 21 September 2008
Philippines: Contaminated milk from China
Filipino Journalist and blogger Ellen Tordesillas reports that contaminated milk products from China are being sold too in a public market in Manila.
Philippine blog awards 2008
The winners of the Philippine blog awards 2008. The blog of journalist and GV author Tonyo is Best News and Media blog of the year.
Successful Barcamp Phnom Penh 2008
Participants were impressed over the broad range of topics in the 2008 Barcamp Phnom Penh. Check also Twitter updates of the event.
Little-known fact: Several Indonesia-made aircrafts are still being used in the Philippines, Malaysia and Pakistan.
Iran:Anti discrimination petition
Visa for Ordinary Iranians blog invites Iranians to sign an anti discrimination petition against Canada's embassy in Tehran. This blog says “only a minority of several hundred Iranian artists and intellectuals invited to other Toronto events this summer were granted visas.”
Jordan: A Popular Cafe Shut Down in Ramadan Crackdown
A popular cafe in in the Jordanian capital Amman was shut down by police for serving alcohol and food during Ramadan, among reasons. The action sparked a debate on the country's active blogosphere on Islam, coexistence, and democracy, reports Mohammad Azraq.
Egypt: Egyptian Railways – 125 Years Old
Egyptian blogger Zeinobia celebrates here the 125th anniversary of the Egyptian Railways.
Pakistan: Another 9/11, We are Burning
Yesterday night, about 8 PM local time, Islamabad was rocked with the worst suicide attack ever in the history of Pakistan. This attack was carried outside Marriott Hotel in Islamabad. It is being said that about 1000 KG explosive material was used in this attack that resulted in the casualties...
Taiwan: the need for mother tongue education
Talking Taiwanese has written a long essay on the importance of mother tongue education. He discusses how the Taiwanese language is neglected in the education system and the implications this has for students’ academic achievement and the future survival of the language.
Taiwan:Cairo Declaration and Taiwan's status
It is almost 65 years since the Cairo Declaration. Jerome Keating looks at the rhetoric of it and asks why the status of Taiwan remains undetermined after all this time.
Pakistan bleeds again
Pakistan capital Islamabad was rocked by a massive explosion outside Hotel Marriott yesterday. A truck carrying 1000 Kg (1 ton) of explosive materials entered Marriott Hotel at around 8 PM local time and the driver blew himself up first and then the truck was blown up in a massive explosion....
Cuba: Rebuilding After Hurricane Ike
In spite of the damage caused by Hurricane Ike, residents in San Cristóbal, Cuba are trying to rebuild and helping their neighbors [es] writes Zenia Regalado.
Mexico: The City of Ideas Conference
La Ciudad de las Ideas (The City of Ideas) is a conference that will be held in Puebla, Mexico. Andrés Bianciotto already has his ticket and looks forwards to the ideas presented by a diverse group of speakers [es].
Costa Rica: Thoughts On Not Voting in Next Election
The blogger at 3CCV [es] lists possible scenarios and why he/she will not vote in the next elections in Costa Rica, including the fact that both the current government and opposition has left him/her disillusioned.
Armenia: Pro-Government Youth Group Formed
Unzipped comments on stumbling upon what looks like the start of a series of anti-smoking actions staged by a new pro-government youth movement. The blog says that Miasin appears to be poorly organized and lacked the creativity of other youth movements which have emerged in Armenia in the past year...
Peru: Adopting a Congressman
An initiative created by a television host and newspaper columnist [es] was well-received by Peruvian bloggers and now many, such as El Paki [es] and El Morsa [es] are adopting a Congressman as a way of monitoring how they are spending their taxes.
Peru: Remembering Yurimaguas
Gabriela García Calderón of Seis de Enero [es] reminisces about the town of Yurimaguas located in northeastern Peru and home of her ancestors.
Georgia: Rock for Peace
This is Tbilisi Calling comments on Friday's free concert held in the Georgian capital by Canadian soft rock star Bryan Adams. The blog by British journalist Matthew Collin says the concert was billed as “Peace, Freedom and Democracy for Georgia,” but was ironically sponsored by a Russian-owned mining company. Adams...
Korea: Teachers and Education
On the 15th of September, the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology (MEST) announced that they will make public the number of teachers who joined Korean Teachers & Education Workers’ Union (KTU) at each school after the MEST agreed to open international secondary schools on the 4th of September. The...
Ukraine, EU: A Closer Relationship?
The EU's plan to finalize an Association Agreement with Ukraine in 2009 was made public at the EU-Ukraine Summit in Paris on Sept. 9. The media and bloggers greeted it with mixed reactions. “EU offers reassurance to Ukraine,” read a BBC headline. “EU offers no promises to hopeful Ukraine,” wrote...
Blogger of the Week: Leonard Chien
Today's Blogger of the Week series introduces us to Leonard Chien, English-Chinese translator and interpreter from Taiwan, and a Lingua powerhouse for Global Voices. When asked what he would chose for a superpower he said “May I increase my translation rates?” So what more can we learn about Leonard than his love for translating? Read more to find out.