1 March 2009

Stories from 1 March 2009

Taiwan environmentalists clash with police over old camphor tree

  1 March 2009

David reported that a Green Party candidate, Calvin Wen (溫炳原), spent 26 hours in a camphor tree on the site of the Old Songshan Tobacco Factory (松山菸廠) in Taipei to protest and prevent its removal because of a new sports stadium. His photos reporting the Green Party protest are at...

Bolivia: Finding New Leaders

  1 March 2009

Erika Pinto of Alkolica [es] asks, “why is it so hard to find new leaders in Bolivia?” and analyzes some of the potential opposition candidates who may run in the upcoming presidential elections in December 2009.

Africa: Blogging And Walking With God

  1 March 2009

It has been a while, but as with most things, blogging did not wait for life to catch up with it – it can be said that blogging helped to keep many sane as they weather the storms that life brings them. Through struggles and fears and laughter and tears, African women bloggers have continued to tell their stories and to share their walk with God. 2008 was a year of growth for many. It follows, then, that 2009 will be a year of maturity.

Uganda: The Literary Blogren

  1 March 2009

Uganda's bloggers are increasingly using their blogs as forums for literary expression, and online poems, short stories and multi-part novellas are becoming increasingly popular.

Virus scare hits Southeast Asia

  1 March 2009

Rising cases of dengue fever, chikungunya, bird flu and ebola viruses were reported in several Southeast Asian countries in the past two months. Relax, there are no pandemic threats. Not yet, anyway.

Global: Hijablogging In Vogue

  1 March 2009

Hijablogging: Just another global trend taking the blogosphere by storm. All around the world, women who opt to wear hijab (the Islamic head covering) are also opting to blog about their experiences, as well as veiled fashion, lifestyle, experience, and the political and religious issues surrounding it.

Japan: Why do Japanese work so hard?

  1 March 2009

Japanese blogger id:eliya, who is doing economics research abroad, writes that he is often asked by colleagues why Japanese work so hard [ja]. Referring to economics professor Masami Nomura's book, “Employment Instability” (雇用不安) [ja], he explains that Japanese work hard basically because the penalty for being fired from your job...

Pakistan: The Power Game

  1 March 2009

Ahsan at Five Rupees comments on the power game in Pakistan politics: “The sidelining of Amin Fahim and Aitzaz Ahsan, the continued allergy to an Iftikhar Chaudhry-led Supreme Court, the choice of Salman Taseer to play spoiler in Punjab — these are all instances (among many) of Asif Zardari being...

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