· February, 2008

Stories about Health from February, 2008

Russia: Sergei Dorenko on Badri Patarkatsishvili

  14 February 2008

Badri Patarkatsishvili, an exiled Georgian tycoon, opposition politician and Boris Berezovsky's longtime friend and business partner, died unexpectedly on Feb. 12 in England. World media are providing extensive coverage of the ongoing investigation into Patarkatsishvili's death, and the Russian blogosphere offers plenty of commentary as well. Below is journalist Sergei Dorenko's comment about Patarkatsishvili and the people who surrounded him.

Pakistan: Bird Flu

  13 February 2008

Crow's Nest on certain strains of Bird Flu being detected in some poultry farms in Southern Pakistan.

Russia: An Electrician's View on Vasily Alexanyan's Case

  9 February 2008

While the previous Global Voices translation on Alexanyan's case dealt with the relative silence that surrounded Vasily Alexanyan internationally and a rather massive response from the Russian bloggers, below is a story of one Russian electrician who was not aware of Aleksanyan's existence at all. Written by LJ user becky-sharpe, this sketch may (or may not) reflect on how Aleksanyan's ordeal is viewed by those in Russia who do not rely on the online media as their primary sources of information.

Ukraine: HIV/AIDS

  8 February 2008

Greetings From Kyiv reports: “Current statistics are that 1 in 70 Ukrainians are HIV positive and that this rate which is the highest in Europe is going to climb.”

Trinidad & Tobago: The Farce of Consultation

  5 February 2008

Shivonne Du Barry attends a public consultation and gains “some insight into what many have long suspected is the sham of consultation. It is known that Trinis are never sustained in their efforts so there is no real danger of having to actually take their concerns into consideration.”

Haiti: Dying of Hunger

  4 February 2008

Dying in Haiti links to an article by Haitian journalist Wadner Pierre, saying: “Seems like the story regarding Haitians eating mud pies in Cite Soleil has bothered many people around the world.”

Russia: Vasily Alexanyan

  3 February 2008

Vasily Alexanyan, a jailed Yukos executive, is said to be dying of AIDS and lymphoma cancer, but is being denied life-saving treatment. While most human rights groups in the West are silent about the case, the Russian blogosphere is quite abuzz.

Serbia: Smokers’ Paradise

  1 February 2008

Serbia marked the National No Smoking Day on Jan. 31, but, as one Serbian blogger noted, "Serbia is the paradise and El Dorado for smokers." Sinisa Boljanovic translates two bloggers' views on the situation with smoking in Serbia.

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