INSIDE PCIJ: Stories behind our stories: continues its historic and ground-breaking providing of news and actual transcripts and files in the ongoing crisis concerning alleged taped conversations involving the President of the Philippines and officials of the Commission on Elections.
Via the Old Revolution, an article on how the internet is not promoting cross-cultural understanding:
If comments on Internet bulletin boards were bullets and computer hacking attacks military sorties then East Asia would be a war zone now. In the last few months, a bitter controversy over Japanese history textbooks, which China and South Korea say gloss over Japan’s actions in World War II, has had Internet users in the region revisiting hostilities of 60 years ago. As well as mauling each other online, the two sides have been directing determined cyber attacks against each other’s Internets.
I’m guessing that pink-dollar economics aren’t working as well as was hoped (via Singabloodypore):
Singapore bans popular gay party
Health minister blames annual event for rise in gay HIV infections
SINGAPORE (AP) | Jun 8, 7:19 PM
Singapore has banned one of Asia’s largest annual gay-themed outdoor parties because it is "contrary to public interest,'’ police said on Wednesday.
The decision came a few months after a senior official in this tightly controlled Southeast Asian island nation blamed such parties for the rise in HIV infections among gays.
Hong Kong-based Fridae.com, an Internet-based network of Asian gays, applied through its Singapore subsidiary, Jungle Media, for a permit to hold its annual Nation beach party here in August.
But the application has been turned down because the "police assessment is that the event is likely to be organized as a gay party, which is contrary to public interest in general," a police statement said, without elaborating.
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Mao: The Unknown Story - by Jung Chang and Jon Halliday:
A controversial and damning biography of the Helmsman.
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