With the latest disappearance of Lee Bo, the number of booksellers who have disappeared in the last couple of months in Hong Kong has gone up to five. These disappearances beg the question as to whether bookselling is a dangerous profession in the former British colony, or if it is …Read More »
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Bear-dancing is an event that takes place between Christmas and the New Year. Locals wear real bearskins and parade around town to the delight of many of those living in the eastern Moldova region of Romania. It was an event that captured the imagination of the photographer Diana Zeyneb Alhindawi. …Read More »
The Central African Republic, a landlocked country which borders were established by the French in the 19th century, has been marred by political instabilities since its independence in 1960. It started with the coup d’Etat led by Jean-Bédel Bokassa on December 31, 1965 against the first president of the Republic, …Read More »
On December 28, South Korea and Japan reached an agreement on the controversial issue of “comfort women.” Japan apologised and promised to pay $8.3 million in compensation to the remaining 46 “comfort women.” However, “comfort women” is a euphemism that has been used by the Japanese government to designate the …Read More »
Residents living in the Greater Toronto Area in Canada are in for a cold, wretched night. Environment Canada is predicting the arrival of five to ten centimetres of snow on Monday night as well as an onslaught of high winds, ice pellets, and freezing rain. The first snowflakes started to …Read More »
According to 58%of those asked by Afrobarometer, an organisation which publishes surveys on African governance, bribery is increasing in their countries. And those countries are in Africa. From a bribe to a doctor in Liberia or Guinea to paying a bribe to obtain official documents in Cameroon, corruption is endemic. …Read More »
On February 8th, China will be celebrating the New Year with red lanterns and all. But before these festivities take place, eligible parents estimated at 100 million couples according to Lu Jiehua, a sociologist at Peking University will be given the right to have up to two children. The state …Read More »
Criticise China at your peril, could be the message that Ursula Gauthier should have heeded. The French journalist, however, maintains that she has not done anything wrong. As she told the Associated Press, “they [the Chinese authorities] want a public apology for things I have not written. They are accusing me …Read More »
CBC reports that on Christmas Eve a town house complex was evacuated after a car had caught on fire in a garage near the surrounding townhouses. It happened around 22:00 at 326 Stone Quarry Pte. near Montreal Rd. where the car had caught on fire inside the garage. Fire fighters …Read More »
The presents have been swapped, the cards too. Christmas has met the expectations for some, and for the others, the fantasies of a white Christmas surrounded by happy families weren’t quite fulfilled. However, the Christmas messages, like all true traditions, were there to remind everyone as to the true meaning …Read More »