Stories about Humanitarian Response from September, 2006
Serbia: Torture Story Retraction
Balkan Ghost of Finding Karadzic has found out that a heartbreaking story about “the Sri Lankan-American Buddhist who was tortured by her Serb captors while on an aid mission during the Bosnian war, [was] fictional“: “I regret posting the story when my verification was incomplete. But I also believe that...
Video: Vietnamese bloggers get “kinky” for charity
Vietnamese blogger Elmooh has uploaded a series of four videos shot at an “Offline Party” – a blogger-organized charity fundraiser in Hanoi. The party included a game involving young men, young women, bananas and candles. (Don't worry, it's all g-rated and everybody keeps their clothes on!) I e-mailed Elmooh asking...
Ukraine: Traveling the Villages
MoldovAnn writes about and posts pictures and videos of her work-related travel in Ukraine.
Sudan: divestment campaign
AfricaBeat on a divestment campaign in Sudan: I love how the entire Bush administration is mobilizing to “Save Darfur” even as it has worked to bury proposed legislation that is the centerpiece of a divestment campaign to force American investors pull money out of any company doing business in Sudan.
Bulgaria: More on “Tripoli Six” Blog Campaign
Declan Butler, a senior reporter at Nature, reports that the blog campaign to help free the “Tripoli Six” seems to be gaining momentum. Also, he writes that “Mickey Grant, a filmmaker from Dallas, Texas, has, in response to the blog campaign, today made his full, 1h 22 min, 2003 documentary...
Kazakhstan: Helping Orphans
KZblog writes about ways to help Kazakhstani orphans.
Sudan: no solution for Darfur
EthnicLoft is pessimistic about the situation in Darfur, “There is profound displeasure over the crisis; claims by some that the West hasn’t done enough; some have labeled the crisis an Arab-African conflict; some have questioned the indifference of the Northern African and Middle Eastern nations over the killings and humanitarian...
Bulgaria, Libya: Save the Tripoli Six
Declan Butler, a senior reporter at Nature, draws attention to the plight of the “Tripoli Six” – five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor on trial in Libya: “Can the blogosphere help free the Tripoli six? — innocent medics risking execution in Libya.”
Ted Turner on the U.N.: Spoke but didn't listen
On Tuesday afternoon in New York, Georgia Popplewell, Alice Backer, Kamla Bhatt and I did our best to ask questions on behalf of the world's blogosphere at the Reuters “Newsmaker” conversation with Ted Turner, who gave $1 billion to set up the U.N. Foundation ten years ago. The bloggers participating...
Sudan: death and funeral announcement
Death and funeral announcement is a poem written in support of the Global Day for Darfur: Here lies eighty thousand souls names and identities- unknown passions and pains- unknown feelings and fears- unknown Origin and nationality- Western Sudan Darfur region Now buried in a mass grave known as Darfur Crisis….
U.N. reform: when you talk, will they listen?
When you talk, will this man listen? Let's find out on Tuesday. What is your opinion of the United Nations? What kind of impact has it had on your country and people? How should it be reformed? Who should lead it? Global Voices is hoping to share your views in...
Poland's Pulse in the Blogosphere
The 16th century town of Kazimierz Dolny in Poland – by Gustav (Warsaw Station) The Polish Farmer and the Dell? From bovinechips to microchips, Polish Matters reports on the largest single US investment in Poland from computer-maker Dell. The plant is slated for construction next year in Lodz and will...
Landing at the Iraqi Blogodrome
I [give] up sometimes… when I wake up in the morning [to] the sound of bomb. I feel like… someone took my heart and returned it back to my body…. Just like the computer… if you are working and it's suddenly turned off, you might lose the file you work...
A poem for Global Day for Darfur
Mshairi (a poet in Kiswahili) takes part in the Global Day for Darfur with a poem, Suffer the Little Children.
Poland: 1,000 More Troops to Afghanistan
The beatroot writes about homosexuality in Afghanistan and the possible alternatives to sending more Polish troops there.
China: “strike-hard” policy
On September 11, The China Youth Daily published a breaking story about 4 students being tortured by police for 100 days because of suspected minor crime. Ai chung gives more examples of the effect of “strike-hard” policy in criminal case and urges the government to give it up(zh).
Russia: Madonna Visits Orphanage
English Russia re-posts pictures of Madonna visiting an orphanage in Moscow.
Russia: Murder Over Foreign-Made Car
Russia Blog writes about the tragic death of an Omsk journalist and his family: “Ruslan noticed a nice Mitsubishi car parked by a tent, with no potential witnesses around. Driving a foreign-made vehicle was his childhood dream. So he went to the tent and shot Aleksandr Petrov in the face...
The Kannada Context: Post-modernist. Post-9/11. Concerns.
Firstly, let us remember the victims of 9/11. Let us wish that the world leaders gather enough sense and courage to fight the root cause of terrorism, and not just resort to paranoiac ways like “racial profiling”. Like they say do not attribute malice to that which can be sufficiently...
Lebanon: Field Trips, Wardrobe Personification and Poetry
Have you wondered why most women like shoes? Or can blogging be life threatening? Then read on and see what answers the Lebanese Blogosphere has. This week’s blogs have topics that are as serious as a threat to a fellow blogger for his political cartoons and as light hearted as...
The Table of Free Voices
Bebelplatz, a square in Berlin, situated near to state opera and the Humboldt University buildings has an infamous past. Seventy Three years ago (1933) Nazi youths instigated by their Propaganda Minister, Joseph Goebbels burned around 20,000 books, including works by Thomas Mann, Erich Maria Remarque, Heinrich Heine, Karl Marx and...