Stories about Humanitarian Response from December, 2007
Kalvin makes use of some algebra to show why sanctions are not working in Myanmar.
Plan Colombia and Beyond reviews what took place in Colombia and Latin America in 2007.
Russia is embarking on a 10-day national vacation: from Dec. 30 to Jan. 8, the country will be celebrating the New Year's and Orthodox Christmas - and should also have enough time to rest, relax and sober up in between. Charity isn't among the most popular subjects in the Russian blogosphere during the festive season, although some bloggers do discuss ways of helping the poor and needy this year. Below is one blogger's musings on charity and selfishness, as well as a perfectly explicit call to action.
Bogotá Subterranea [es] writes an open letter to four-year old Emmanuel, the son of FARC captive Clara Rojas, who is reportedly due to be set free soon.
Reports out of Colombia state that the a few kidnapped victims are set to be released by the FARC. Constanza Vieira of Heavy Metal Colombia [es] writes about this news.
Derek Sandhaus from Shanghaiist blogs about more tiger abuse cases in China.
Marat posts some analysis on where it is more dangerous to live in our country in the cities or in the rural areas of Kazakhstan.
Rama Yade, France's Secretary of State, has inspired Egyptian blogger Eastern Bird to write the following post, which Tarek Amr translates from Arabic.
Prishtine: Independence and Kanun hosts a discussion of 50 Cent's recent concert in Kosovo.
Bloggers outside and inside Cambodia are discussing the violent dispersal of monks who wanted to petition Vietnamese Embassy in Phnom Penh for unfair detainment of a Cambodian monk and Vietnam's absorption of Cambodian territory in the past. Read on for background to the incident and links to the blogs talking about the issue.
A land thirsty for water is calling for help. How many more villages would die out due to the drought? How much more land would be eroded, even buried by sand?
ESWN translated a post in Tianya which composed some top “jokes” in China in 2007: These ‘jokes’ are not funny at all; in fact, they are solemn and dismal.
A eleven years old boy was found dead in a police station in Kaifeng City. He was detained by the police for 8 days for stealing 13 bicycles. His parent found bruises and cigarette burning marks on the dead body. Liu Xiaoyuan pointed out that, whenever criminal suspects were found...
De Rebus Antiquis Et Novis writes about the 1996 murder of the International Committee of the Red Cross personnel in Chechnya.
Maciula tells about terrible situation of coscripts in the Turkmen army – reportedly, they escape from military bases, sell their forms and sometimes also guns, and then they hide in their relatives’ homes. .
Bboyd reviews a new report on aid progress in Afghanistan, published by Senlis, a European-based think tank, which is saying that aid inflows have been inadequate.
It is with great sadness that I report the death of an Iraqi blogger. Ali Shafeya Al-Moussawi was a contributor to the video blog, Alive in Baghdad. He was killed while at home, during a raid by the Iraqi National Guard in his street. Ali took 31 bullets between the chest and head and died immediately. Ali was not the only victim of that raid. Hussain, his neighbour, was found dead. Salam Adil sums up the reactions to the tragedy in this post.
Adventures in Wheelville writes about and posts some picture from a Ljubljana exhibit by Pepi Sekulic, honoring Salih Mahmoud Osman, a “Sudanese human rights lawyer who has recently been awarded the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought by the European Parliament.”
Kickedefella has some images of the flooding in Kampung Gelang Mas- Eastern peninsular Malaysia.
Rocky's Bru is calling for corporate donors to aid the people affected by floods in Malaysian state of Pahang.
Dmitri Minaev of De Rebus Antiquis Et Novis commemorates the 13th anniversary of the First Chechen War by linking to his earlier translation of a Chechen journalist's recollections from that time.