Stories from 28 July 2010
A South Korean politician's effort to experience the minimum wage earner's life went backfire due to poor understanding on the severity of the working poor's life conditions.
A ruptured gas main is the reported cause of an explosion [zh] this morning at a plastics factory currently being torn down in NE Nanjing. Injuries are reportedly in the hundreds, while the number of deaths has yet to be confirmed. Free More News has been aggregating links to photos...
Joel Martinsen from DANWEI translated a debate between a magazine, China Computer World, and a giant Internet company, Tencent.
The angry Chinese blogger explains how the Chinese government controls the gay community from getting too visible in the society.
Hugo Torres writes [es] about a story that he says the Mexican mainstream media is not paying attention to: Mexico has the most advanced humanoid robot in Latin America, and its name is Mexone.
The Pickle Project writes about the post-Soviet ““nostalgia cuisine” and the Ukrainian Puzata Khata chain restaurant.
NikiBGD of Life in Retro(bel)grade lists things she loves and dislikes about Belgrade: “I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again – Belgrade is at least 16 cities in one.”
Itching for Eestimaa writes about the Viljandi Folk Music Festival and the Estonian “folk culture.”
the POLSKI blog reports that the pastoral ministry of the southern Polish city of Nowy Sacz thinks that the city's new logo “promotes Satanism and homosexuality.”
At The Huffington Post, Simon Shuster explains Vladimir Putin's “manner of winning the public's support”: “Find an issue that annoys a lot of people, find somebody to blame for it, and lace into him, publicly and with some classic village wit. Show on state television how the problem gets fixed.”
Simon Shuster writes for The Huffington Post about a summer camp for Russia's “group-think generation.”
Ianyan says that food might represent the path to peace for cultures that place such significance in it. Referring to an Armenian bakery in the U.S.-Armenian Diaspora as well as responses to a recent guest entry on Armenian-Azerbaijani relations in the context of the still unresolved conflict over Nagorno Karabakh,...
Notes and updates on the upcoming 2011 presidential election in Belarus – at BelarusDigest (here, here, and here).
More Koreans are noticing their suicide plans via Twitter, South Korea's internet media NoCut News reported[kr]. Most recently a club DJ tweeted ‘I will commit suicide, thank you guys till now’ and the police was dipatched to his house. It was later found out that he had not committed suicide....