· March, 2006

Stories about Humanitarian Response from March, 2006

Russia: Svetlana Gannushkina's Declaration of Guilt

David McDuff of A Step At A Time has translated an open letter to the Russian Federal Security Service written by Svetlana Gannushkina, head of the Civic Assistance Committee, in which she mockingly confesses to “have undertaken activities which may be considered by the addressees of this statement as espionage.”...

Sudan: reject UN peacekeepers

  3 March 2006

Sudan Reeves reports that Darfur is held hostage as Sudan rejects UN peace keeping forces.……..”Khartoum’s overwhelmingly dominant National Islamic Front (NIF) has, with growing confidence, aggressively rejected a UN peacekeeping force (itself only a distant and almost certainly inadequate means of protection)

Northeast Asia: Discussion forum

  3 March 2006

OhmyNews and the Civil Network for a Peaceful Korea are co-hosting a series of online discussion fora entitled Talk! Northeast Asia. Translated and cross-posted in Korean, Japanese, Chinese and English between Feb. 27 and March 15, the event aims to provide the means for Northeast Asian citizens to produce ideas...

Palestine: The Gaza diet begins

The ongoing closure of the al-Mintar (aka Karni) crossing, the main route for both commercial and humanitarian supplies into Gaza, has resulted in an estimated loss of some $10.5 million, and the depletion of Gaza's main food staples. Wheat grain stocks are dwindling as a result, and flour mills in...

Landing at the Iraqi Blogodrome

Given the recent events in Iraq, it may come as some surprise to find the variety of subjects in Iraqi blogs this week. There is sadness and tears and humour even when the worst happens. Read on for a selection. First let me welcome a new blogger to the scene....

Views from the Horn of Africa and Sudan

  2 March 2006

The Ethiopian blogosphere has been awash with discussions spanning a variety of topics. Politically focused Ethiopian blogs such as Ethiopundit and Ethiopian Paradox continue in their tradition of providing thought provoking pieces on the current state of the Ethiopian nation and those who govern it. Ethiopian Paradox presents a write-up...

Czech Republic: Cuba Photos By Miss Czech Republic 1999

Robert Mayer of Publius Pundit writes about Helena Houdova, Miss Czech Republic 1999, who went to Cuba to see if her charity, the Sunflower Foundation, could help local children and people with HIV/AIDS, but was arrested for a “counterrevolutionary activity” of taking pictures of the Havana slums. The exhibition of...