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15 October 2008

Stories from 15 October 2008

The Balkans: Macedonia and Montenegro Recognize Kosovo

On Oct. 9, Montenegro and Macedonia recognized Kosovo's independence. One blogger noted that "coincidentally, this raises the number of countries recognizing to exactly 50." Below are a few more responses...

Traditional Lao wedding

Laos Essential Artistry blogs about the traditional Lao wedding rituals and gowns.

Philippines: Blog Action Day 2008

Filipino bloggers participated in the Blog Action Day 2008. The chosen topic was poverty.

British companies owned by Malaysians

ah ok lah lists several British companies which are owned by Malaysians.

Malaysia: World University Rankings

How did Malaysian schools fare in the 2008 World University Rankings? 4896 also mentions the rank of Singapore and Thai universities.

Thailand-Cambodia border clash

Cambodia tells Thailand to evacuate its troops from the Preah Vihear temple. Two Cambodian soldiers died during a border clash between the two countries. Twitter user khanvanna writes: “My deep...

Thailand-Cambodia: “We don’t like the war”

Two Cambodian soldiers were killed during a clash between Thai and Cambodian soldiers near the historic Preah Vihear temple. Both countries are claiming the temple. A Cambodian blogger writes: “We...

Iran: Strikes over New Sales Tax

Traders in the Grand Bazaar of Tehran, and bazaars in other major Iranian cities such as Tabriz, Isfahan and Mashad, went on strike for around two weeks in protest over...

Brazilian myths and haunts on the Lusosphere – Part 1

The first of three articles that will take us around the virtual campfire to hear stories about ghosts and enchantment from Brazilian folklore: Cuca, Negrinho do Pastoreio, Boitatá and Curupira,...

Sri Lanka: Collateral damage

Portrait reports on the devastation of miles and miles of forest in Sri Lanka which were chopped, burned, bulldozed and cleared on either side of the road for hundreds of...

Bhutan: Delayed pay revision

Kelen at Kuzu Bhutan Weblog comments about the delayed pay revision process in the Bhutanese government service: “people were blessed with fake promises and the provision of revise pay still...

Bangladesh: A safe exit?

An Ordinary Citizen analyzes the weaknesses of the caretaker (interim) Government of Bangladesh and blames it for making many compromises thinking of its safe exit.

Maldives: Election fever in blogosphere

The presidential election being held in Maldives is the first multi-party election in the country. This election is believed by many Maldivians as their chance to bring democracy to a...

Africa: African Bloggers’ Conference 2009

What is Kelele?: “Kelele is an annual African bloggers’ conference held in a different African city each year and run by an organising committee in that city. Kelele will be...

Arabeyes: Mickey Mouse Must Die..or Maybe Not

Mickey Mouse must die, declared a Saudi cleric in a television interview. Or perhaps that is not exactly what he said. Regardless, the interview found its way to television screens...

Japan: Financial crises and financial markets

Japanese blogger and economics scholar id:eliya provides a brief background to financial crises that “even a high-schooler would understand” [ja], and then in a later post answers the questions: “What...

Paraguay: Price of a Proposed Presidential Plane

Paraguayan president Fernando Lugo would like to purchase a presidential plane for his international visits. Carlos Rodríguez of Rescatar [es] is not opposed to these trips, but balks at the...

Paraguay: Hybrid Cars Have Arrived

Hybrid cars have arrived to Paraguay and Osval's Blog [es/en] has pictures to show it.

Bahamas, Haiti: Eyes of a Child

Doing Theology from the Caribbean republishes an essay written by a Haitian-Bahamian tenth grader who, after watching The Diary of Anne Frank, notices parallels between the Jews and Haitians.

Bahamas, U.S.A.: On Fundamentalism

“One of the problems with a fundamentalist mindset is that it takes a point of view and converts it into the ‘truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth’....

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