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· June, 2010

Stories about Humanitarian Response from June, 2010

Israel: Dubious Thanks to USAID

JoeSettler posts a photo of a sign he often passes that reads, “This [road] is a gift from the American people to the Palestinian people.” “What I think that USAID overlooked,” he comments, “Is that Jews also use this road regularly.” According to their website, USAID has donated $1 billion...

Lebanon’s Sex Industry

“We all know it exists but one reporter actually went into the trouble of investigating how ‘super night clubs’ work,” Lebanese blogger Mustapha at Beirut Spring writes in this post.

Russia: New Websites to Promote Modernist Islam

Paul Goble writes [EN] about the launch of two websites islam-portal.ru and soyuzmusulmanok.ru, that promote modernist Islam. Two websites, Goble suggests, illustrate both attempts to seek connections with younger Muslim population, while competing with fundamentalist Islamists, and to prove Tatars as “intellectual leaders of the Muslim umma of Russia”.

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India: Economic Blockade In Manipur State

  15 June 2010

The northeastern state of Manipur in India is facing a humanitarian crisis with the price of necessities soaring up as it has been subjected to a blockade of the National Highway 39 (NH-39) connecting Imphal (Manipur) with Kohima (Nagaland).

Brazil/Israel: Open letter to the Israeli government

  11 June 2010

“Now, after the coward attack in international waters carried out by Israeli military against the fleet of humanitarian aid to Gaza” says Maria Frô [pt], “again [the movie-maker Sílvio] Tendler manifests” in an open letter to the Israeli government.

India: Conflict in Meghalaya

  9 June 2010

Dinesh Wagle pens an in-depth analysis of  what he feels are the reasons behind the ever-widening conflict between Khasis and Nepali migrant workers/Gorkhas in the North-Eastern Indian State of Meghalaya.

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India: Bhopal Gas Tragedy Verdict – too little too late?

  7 June 2010

More than 25 years after India's worst ever Industrial disaster, a court in Bhopal has pronounced a guilty verdict on the Indian arm of Union Carbide (UCIL) and also convicted 8 former UCIL officials for negligence in the large-scale, Bhopal gas leak tragedy. Bloggers react.

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