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27 August 2010

Stories from 27 August 2010

Japan: iPads in the Sumo stables

  27 August 2010

Steven Sande at TUAW reports [en] on the reasons that induced the Japan Sumo Association to distribute iPads to the “big-fingered sumo-wrestlers”. He says the aim is to make the internal communication process smoother after the scandals that hit the association [en] recently.

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Pakistan: Relief Efforts – Report From The Ground

  27 August 2010

Some times it requires a real experience to truly feel the magnanimity of a situation. In this post we share some reports from Global Voices author Salman Latif in Multan who recently went to the Muzaffargarh and Mehmood Kot region in Pakistan to distribute relief to the flood victims.

Ghana: Recycled Bolga Baskets

  27 August 2010

Photos of recycled Bolga baskets from Ghana: “But this is not crappy marketing, this is just being honest. These baskets go quickly. So quickly that the photos to show from last week’s delivery are redundant because the damned things sold out already.”

Nigeria: Am I the last hope of my generation?

  27 August 2010

Nigerian blogger Adeola asks, “Am I the last hope of my generation?”: “Nollywood is torn apart by the amount of money that its members will receive for the support or campaign for Jonathan. One useless group called NIGERIA ECOWAS YOUTH or Nigerian Youths in ECOWAS has promised to open a...

Uganda: The Expat/Ugandan Dynamic

  27 August 2010

Mark Jordahl discusses corruption allegation at Uganda Wildlife Authority and lessons to be learnt about the dynamic between foreign experts and Ugandans: I believe that for some, there is a tendency to assume we mzungus bring more to the table than we actually do.”

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Japan: Eyebrows raised by China’s rise to number two

  27 August 2010

This month the Japanese government admitted that spending China has stolen its thunder becoming the second largest economy after the US. But this announcement hasn't surprised many Japanese people who had been expecting it to happen sooner or later, and has made many bloggers raise their eyebrows and say: so what?

Cuba: Double Standard

  27 August 2010

“On one hand they release some dissidents from prison, on the other those who attempt to say ‘I disagree’ get shoved behind bars”: Crossing the Barbed Wire comments on “the double standard policy assiduously practiced by the government as part of its greater foreign policy.”

Anguilla: One Step Back

  27 August 2010

Corruption-free Anguilla thinks that Montserrat's new draft constitution “does not advance government…rather, it sets Montserratians back decades, particularly in the area of human rights.”

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