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· January, 2008

Stories about Humanitarian Response from January, 2008

Egypt: Gaza In the Headlines

Eman Abd Al Rahman brings us the latest headlines from the Egyptian blogosphere decrying the suffering of Palestinians in Gaza. A four-day blockade has plunged Gaza in darkness, sparking international...

Pitch Black Gaza: Jordanian Bloggers React!

As the Israeli onslaught in Gaza continues this week, the death toll continues to climb. With many of the dead being civilians and the European Union labeling the Israeli offensive...

Palestine: Gaza Under Seige

Bloggers around the region are adding their voices to an international outcry as the Gaza Strip falls into darkness. A four-day Israeli blockade on the strip has led to the...

Afghanistan: How to produce opium

Bipasha Ray says that Intrepid Independent reporter Patrick Cockburn finds that Afghans are helping Iraqi farmers grow poppy and produce opium, as traditional crops of oranges and pomegranates prove to...

China: The Vagrants behind the Wall

Beijing, the host of 2008 Summer Olympics, is trying to show every bright aspect of its stable and harmonious to the whole world, however, when you are almost convinced by...

Kazkahstan: Surviving or Prospering?

Kazakhstan is a country of contrasts, with no exaggeration: desperate poverty neighbors with arrogant wealth, economic growth is accompanied by decline of social sphere and expansion of state control, and...

Kazkahstan: Surviving in the Steppe

Scaliger says that the famous Kazakh hospitality is vanishing into the past and recounts how people are surviving in remote rural areas — extortionate profiteering and traps for strangers are...

Uzbekistan: Labor Migrants

Libertad writes about the problems Uzbek migrant workers face while working in foreign countries, refers to a report by an NGO on migrant workers and uploads photos of migrant labor...

Colombia: Congressional Delegation and Release of Hostages

Adam Isaacson of Plan Colombia and Beyond is returning from Bogotá, where he accompanied a delegation of U.S. lawmakers that visited Colombia. He provides some thoughts on the visit.

Russia, EU: Asylum Seekers

IVAN vs JAAN writes about the EU stance towards Chechen asylum seekers – and about the ongoing row between the U.K. and Russia over the British Council.

Uzbekistan: Tesco Ban Uzbek Cotton

Craig Murray says that Tesco, a large British retail group, have banned Uzbek cotton from all products sold in their stores and instituted supply chain audits to ensure this is...

Turkmenistan: Drugs and Power

Maciula writes about the rising problem of drugs in Turkmenistan, noting that according to the World Health Organization, 10 per cent of Turkmenistan’s population is addicted to heroin.

Poland: Public Health Underfunded

Our Man in Gdansk writes about the lack of state funding for such crucial areas as health care and education in Poland.

Russia: Extremism Charges Against “Voice of Beslan”

Robert Amsterdam and Siberian Light report on the plight of Voice of Beslan, a group of Beslan survivors and their relatives, who are now being accused of breaking the law...

Bosnia & Herzegovina, East Timor: A Comparison?

Greater Surbiton writes about East Timorese and Bosnian genocides and the double standards used by some when assessing the human losses: “Unfortunately, many of the same people who highlight the...

Egypt: Social Responsibilty and the Safety of Individuals

Egyptian blogger Amr Gharbeia (Ar) looks at the ethics of bloggers and the roles they play in exposing torture against victims. Are they victimising the victims even further by exposing...

Kyrgyzstan: Radiation Trains

Joshua Foust reports that a mysterious train filled with Cesium-137, bound for Iran, was nabbed at the Kyrgyz border with Uzbekistan, but Kyrgyz officials waited well over a week to...

Afghanistan: Opium Poppy Crops Eradication Disputes

Barnett R. Rubin reports that the major donors and troop contributors to Afghanistan will meet in Tokyo early February to review progress in Afghanistan, and one major theme of the...

Kenya: Bloggers seek to heal a wounded nation

After a week of killings, looting and the political madness witnessed in Kenya after last month’s general elections, Kenyan Bloggers are blogging to heal a deeply wounded nation.

Egypt: Chinese Goods

Chinese goods are swamping markets worldwide. Egyptians now have to deal with roving Chinese salesmen and women knocking on their doors. Tarek Amr brings us the story.

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