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13 November 2008

Stories from 13 November 2008

Mexico: Radiohead Concert in 2009

Mexican blogs like Tinta y Pixeles [es] are buzzing at the announcement that the rock band Radiohead have scheduled a show in Mexico City for March 16, 2009.

Nepal: Is Buddha Boy Real?

The Himalayan Beacon reports that thousands of pilgrims in southeast Nepal are rushing in to see a 17-year-old boy whom some believe to be a reincarnation of the Buddha. The...

Bangladesh: Meditation Course

Tahmin1’s Blog introduces the meditation methods practiced in Bangladesh and discusses its benefits.

Maldives: The Government as a Business Company

Shaapay lists down the stakes of the Maldives government in the commercial enterprises of the country and comments that it looks more like a business company.

Nicaragua: Concerns About Fraud in Recent Elections

The streets of Managua were not the only place where supporters of the two political parties in Nicaragua were present during the recent municipal elections held on November 9. One...

Sri Lanka: Budget Allocation for E-Villages

LIRNEasia has some questions about the proposed budget allocation in Sri Lanka for e-villages.

Bhutan: Coronation Video posts videos of the coronation of the new Bhutanese King His Majesty Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, and his speeches.

China: Does the secret “Fifty Cents Party” exist?

Wu Mao(五毛)is fifty cents or half yuan in Chinese currency. Wu Mao Dang (五毛党), or Fifty Cents Party, is a derogatory term applied to those pro-government bloggers who are suspected...

Japan: Children and mobile phones

At Kyô mo Aruku [ja], Shigeru Kurokawa casts doubts [ja] on the propriety of a report [ja], published by the government Discussion Group for Education Rebuilding, which urges mobile phone...

Trinidad & Tobago: Manning & the Media

The furor surrounding the Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister's recent radio station visit has not abated.

Haiti: Visiting the Victims

Blesh Family in Haiti makes a visit to the General Hospital where some of the victims of the Petionville school collapse were taken: “We are glad we went & it...

Cuba: Lomas Fired

Diaspora blogger Child of the Revolution speculates as to why “the highest ranking woman in the Castro regime…has been unexpectedly fired…from her high-profile post as Minister for Foreign Investment.”

Bermuda: Independent Thinking

21 Square thinks that “independence does not make sense for Bermuda in its present state”, while Vexed Bermoothes adds: “The PLP leadership insist that independence is the only logical endgame...

Nagorno Karabakh: No Return of Territory

With the Azerbaijani Constitution prohibiting referendums unless held nationally, Kornelij Glas [RU] argues that the regions surrounding the disputed territory of Nagorno Karabakh should not be negotiated away by the...

Caucasus: Gender Gap Index

Social Science in the Caucasus takes exception to the World Economic Forum's Gender Gap Index and, comparing data on economic participation, explains why.

Armenia: Special Committees

Unzipped comments on reported plans by the opposition Armenian National Congress (ANC) to establish special committeses to develop opinions and policies on issues facing the country. The blog compares the...

Central & Eastern Europe: A Travel Roundup

Olive harvesting in Albania, John Paul II monuments in Poland, a Soviet military hardware cemetery in Moscow and more: Central and Eastern Europe-based bloggers share their recent travel stories and...

China: The end of export-led growth?

Alan Baumler from Frog in a Well comments on the China economic stimulus package and wonders if it implies an end of export-led growth. David Dollar from the World Bank...

China: Different Interpretation of Taiwan Politics

A well-known Chinese blogger WU Jiaxiang (吳稼祥)argues the “riot” that happened at Taipei Hotel November 6 is in fact part of the rampant “political kidnapping” in Taiwan [zh]. The blogger...

Russia: Financial Problems

Streetwise Professor posts a detailed update on Russia's financial problems: “Whichever way Medvedev or Putin […] turn, they face stark choices. Protect the Ruble – burn through the reserves or...

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