Stories from 17 October 2010
Japan: Udon noodle to cause water pollution
On Blog Action Day, Japanstyle reported the news [en] that udon (thick wheat-flour noodle) caused water pollution in Kagawa Prefecture (Shikoku Island). According to the post, the problem would be the poor drainage system as “In the region without sewer, the water left over after boiling udon which contained high...
Saudi Arabia: Calls to Free Samar Albadawi
Samar Albadawi, a divorced Saudi woman is currently being held in Brayman jail in Jeddah for disobeying her father. While some netizens are furious others are skeptical about her case and the debate still continues among Saudi bloggers and tweeps.
Morocco: “Driving to Civility”
Moroccan writer and traveler Ahmed T.B. describes his journey in a taxi through the hellish Casablanca traffic as a new and controversial driving code is being put in place.
Bhutan: Archery And Poor Safety Measures
KarmaCW at Kuzu Bhutan Weblog writes about the popularity of archery, the Bhutan’s national sport, and the need to establish proper safety regulations to prevent freak accidents.
Sri Lanka: Why The Students Protest
“Sri Lankan University students regularly protest and the police regularly beat them up,” opines Indi.ca and discusses the reasons behind their protests.
Bangladesh: Celebrating Cricket Victory
Faisal Caesar at All Round View describes how Bangladesh cricket team triumphed over New Zealand by beating them 4-0 in an ODI series.
Taiwan: Problems with renewable energy policy
Michael Turton discusses how the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) opposes policies which would increase the use of renewable energy.
Malaysia: Budget 2011 Announced
The 2011 budget of the Malaysian government was unveiled by the Prime Minister yesterday. The budget includes, among others, a plan to build a 100-storey tower and a Mass Rapid Transit system in the capital. Bloggers share their reactions to the government's budget proposal.
Brazil: gathering outside printers to stop spread of anti-Dilma pamphlets
Rodrigo Vianna at Escrevinhador [pt] writes that around 60 people gathered in front of a São Paulo graphic printers in the early hours of this morning to prevent the distribution of pamphlets allegedly commissioned by a Catholic Bishop attacking presidential candidate Dilma Rousseff. Soon after news of the gathering spread, it...
Brazil: It gets better
Hugo Lorenzetti Neto posts a moving open facebook note [pt] in support of the “struggle to end intolerance and violence against homosexuals, and suicide motivated simply by being different”.
Brazil: Encounters and Dialogues on Lusophone Cultures
From 18-22 October there are “lusophone encounters and dialogues” [pt] with Portuguese language African countries at the Federal University of Ceará. The Brazilian University hosts the 3rd edition of the festival that aims to reflect about cultural influences and common identities. Follow on Twitter. @IIIFestivalUFC.
China: Declaration on Liu Xiaobo's award of Nobel Peace Prize
Bullogger contains a declaration on Liu Xiaobo's award of Nobel Peace Prize, signed by hundreds of intellectuals, writers, journalists, lawyers and other citizens, including Xu Youyu and Cui Weiping. It is available in Chinese, English, French and Japanese.