3 February 2009

Stories from 3 February 2009

Iraq: Elections Have Come and Gone

  3 February 2009

Elections have come and gone in Iraq. With reports that the day passed peacefully, the whole process could have been seen as the most boring national event after the war. Salam Adil digs into the Iraqi blogosphere to bring us the story.

Kazakhstan: End of private banks

  3 February 2009

Recently, odd things have happened to a number of Kazakh banks and the Kazakh stock market. The spread of ungrounded controversial information sent stocks of three banks plummeting, leading to nationalization of two major private banks. Today, there is little doubt that the action was intentional. There are various hypothetical...

Taiwan: Hiking in the mountains

  3 February 2009

Taiwan is little known internationally as a hiking destination but there is no lack of mountain trails. Shan Ding Lu hikes to the 3,000 metre plus peak of North Dawu Mountain. Taiwan Teacher goes rockclimbing near Taichung. Chris hikes some different trails over the holidays.

Bangkok's sky trains

  3 February 2009

Fable posts a picture of Bangkok's sky train. The blogger writes: “I love the sky trains in Bangkok. Where the underground trains are boring, the sky trains are always covered in bright advertisements.”

Myanmar: Local beer products

  3 February 2009

Today in Myanmar writes that “Before 1988, beer is a rare commodity in Myanmar.” With the opening of the economy, locally-produced beer brands are now sold in hundreds of beer stations.

Myanmar thrones

  3 February 2009

Today in Myanmar provides an historical account of various thrones used by Myanmar kings in the past

Understanding the “Thai Time”

  3 February 2009

Richard Barrow notes that it is sometimes confusing to understand the time in Thailand. And so he explains the unique “Thai Time” system. For example, “If a Thai person tells you that the bus will leave at two o'clock, then don't presume that he means 2 o'clock in the afternoon....

Video: Vlogging for the Blind

  3 February 2009

A Bolivian activist explains how Open Source Software designed for the visually impaired helps him communicate online with chatting, emailing and blogging. Meanwhile, in Ethiopia, an organization trains the blind and those with visual disabilities on how to use computers and communication technologies, and an employee and advocate of the ENOVIB network for the blind speaks to youth about how blindness can be an opportunity instead of a disability. In Spain, a designer comes up with videogames that visually impaired people can play, and in Nigeria and Canada, a young woman blogs and vlogs about life as a deaf person who is rapidly losing her sight.

Turkey: The Online Conversion of David Ignatius

  3 February 2009

Following the recent spat between Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Israeli President Shimon Peres at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Istanbul Calling comments on the furore surrounding the ethnic origins of the panel's moderator, David Ignatius. In particular, the blog notes how a battle unfolded on Wikipedia...

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