Nov 26, 2006

Links for 26-11-2006

China's interest in Africa (Tanzania's case)
A report on China's exports to Africa and it's effects on the local business. Some Western governments accuse it of disregard for human rights and so on, but that what they have been accused of for the last century or so, after all China didn't colonise Africa. The report goes into details on Tanzania's economic ties with China before China's shift to capitalism.

Darfur Eyewitness (Photos)
A collection of photos from Darfur, by
Brian Steidle a former U.S. Marine and a member of the African Union team monitoring the conflict in Darfur.

Dr. Samuel Zemer’s photo collection of Chinese Muslims in 1920s and 1930s
A mesmerizing photo collection from Harvard library, by missionary Dr. Samuel Zemer, of Muslims in China in the 1920s and 1930s. Dr. Samuel dedicated himself to converting Muslims in the Middle East and China, while most of the Muslim world was colonised at the time. The photos are simply historical treasures. Let me warn you though, there's a lot of them.

Chinese History: Keeping Halal in the Ming dynasty
The story of two Chinese families, of Muslims origins, and how they debate how much to adopt from practices of their ancestors. The two families have fully assimilated and are no longer identified as Muslim.

BBC: China tea-houses (photojournal)
Photos from tea-houses and what goes on there. Traditional tea-houses in China are disappearing as the young and hip are opting for Starbucks and the like. But older generation are still going to tea-houses.

BBC: Lebanese Crisis Explained
A quick explanation of the basics of the current conflict in Lebanon, for those who would like to know what the fuss is all about.

Japan’s Culture Day Keeps Traditions Alive
Photos from Japan's cultural day, Japanese culture isn't only about Sushi, Sumo and Samurai.

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