14 December 2008

Stories from 14 December 2008

Brunei: The ‘Ali Baba’ syndrome

  14 December 2008

Brunei has the potential to achieve economic diversity. However, development is hampered by little or lack of productivity. The Bruneian Malay culture may in fact be one of the reasons as to why progress is slow.

Politician bloggers in the Philippines

  14 December 2008

Filipino internet users are increasing every year. Majority of those who use the internet are reading blogs. It is not surprising that politicians and political parties in the Philippines are now bringing their campaigns in the internet.

Angola: A country with huge, untapped tourism potential

  14 December 2008

Angola boasts an amazing interior landscape, rich and varied fauna, bountiful wildlife, and an extensive national park system, offering something for every visitor. However, most of its potential is still untapped, and if well explored, could make Angola the biggest tourist destination in Africa.

Brazil: Introducing the Offline Twitter

  14 December 2008

Lúcia Malla [pt] and a group of friends – all of whom have twitter accounts – show what happens when twitter addicts meet in a bar: they keep twiterring offline. See the pictures. “Experiment's general conclusion: the more difficult thing on the offline twitter is to design your avatar. ;) ...

Bolivia: National Electoral Court Under Exeni

  14 December 2008

Miguel Centellas of Pronto* examines the National Electoral Court under the leadership of José Luís Exeni, which”has become one of the most institutionalized instruments of the legal framework of Bolivia’s democracy.”

Russia, China: Slang Dictionary

  14 December 2008

IZO links to LJ user du-jingli (RUS), who has scanned four pages from the 916-page Russian-Chinese Slang Dictionary and has so far received nearly 500 comments. (Warning: the post contains obscenities, in Russian and in Chinese.)

India: The Terrorist's Last Victim

  14 December 2008

Sepia Mutiny analyzes the media reports on the family of the detained terrorist of the Mumbai terror attack and comments: “His own mother is often a terrorist’s last victim.”

Peru: Iron Maiden in Lima Set for March 2009

  14 December 2008

Now that the visit of British heavy metal band Iron Maiden has been confirmed for Lima on March 26, 2009, bloggers, who are big fans like Slayer_X [es] and Idioteca [es] are buzzing about it. Javier Lishner from Rock Around the Blog [es] rounds up a series of opinions of...

Japan: Controversy over Imperial Succession

  14 December 2008

On the 1st of December, the seventh birthday of Princess Aiko (official title: 敬宮愛子内親王殿下, Toshi no miya Aiko naishinnō denka) [en], while the mainstream media in Japan were busy reporting that the princess had a cold and could not attend a birthday party organized in her honour, some bloggers were...

DR Congo: Aid worker killed in Bukavu

  14 December 2008

Kakaluigi [Fr] reports that a Congolese aid worker with the NGO International Rescue Committee (IRC) was shot on Thursday night by his home in the center of Bukavu. It's the third person that has been murdered in a similar way in Bukavu in the last couple of weeks.

Japan: Dr. Shochi's trip around the world

  14 December 2008

Follow the adventures of Dr. Shochi Saburo (曻地三郎), a 102 year-old Japanese Doctor of Literature, Doctor of Medicine, Honorary Doctor of Philosophy and Poet who came up with the Parent and Child Toymaking Class [en], a program that “brings out children’s sensitivity and intelligence, improves communication and the bond between...

Gambia: Kankourang masquerade tradition

  14 December 2008

Emma of África en el mundo [Es] describes a masquerade dance called kankourang that is traditionally performed by the mandinka ethnic group in Gambia during the circumcision ritual. The post includes a video about the dance.

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