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· April, 2008

Stories about Humanitarian Response from April, 2008

Afghanistan: Misleading Points on Drugs

Barnett R. Rubin continues to analyze the public and international debates on the possible strategies of counter-narcotics activity in Afghanistan.

China: Sex and Livelihood

Li Yin-he blogs her speech at the Time out meeting about sex as part of people's livelihood [zh].

Japan: Candle Night for Tibetan

Martin J Frid wrote an account for a candle night event in a Buddhist temple for showing their concern and support for Tibetan.

Southeast Asia: Rising price of rice

Rice is the staple food in Southeast Asia and in many parts of the world. Many people in Southeast Asia are worried over reports that rice is getting more expensive...

Myanmar: 54 dead after suffocating in a lorry

Watch a You Tube video which reports the death of 54 Myanmar migrants who suffocated in a lorry while being smuggled in southern Thailand.

Afghanistan: Kochi Nomads Are Headache for Locals

Hadi1121 tells about Kochi — millions of nomads spread across South Western Pakistan, Eastern Iran, and Afghanistan — who come to Central Afghanistan every spring and arbitrarily make their homes...

India: Ties with Africa

Sepia Mutiny on the growing ties between India and Africa, and the first-ever India-Africa summit in New Delhi.

Bangladesh: Hidden Hunger

Unheard Voices Blog quotes UNDP which hit the panic button for Bangladesh last month: Skyrocketing oil prices have driven up the cost of food worldwide, but their impact has been...

Egypt: Bloggers on the Frontline

Egyptian bloggers worked round the clock telling the world about a workers' revolt that shook their country, as thousands rioted at a textile mill in Al Mahalla, demanding better pay...

Colombia: The French Role in Attempts of Betancourt Release

Masares of equinoXio writes, “Íngrid's (Betancourt) release is not on the FARC's agenda,” and analyzes the French's role in the efforts to get her medical treatment and her eventual release.

Egypt: A Wake Up Strike

Around 500 people were arrested in Egypt Sunday as police quashed a general strike, in protest against the increasing cost of living and calling for better wages. And just as...

Egypt Gears Up for a General Strike Sunday

An online campaign calling for a general strike across Egypt on Sunday has been gaining momentum, will thousands promising to stop work for the day in protest against low salaries...

Iraq: Women's Rights Slipping

Hayder Kamal, at Alive in Baghdad, interviews an activist for women’s rights who discusses her work improving women’s knowledge of their rights.

Poland: Taxes and Charity

Polandian writes about the Polish taxation system: “There is only one thing that makes the whole system bearable. You can donate 1% of what you pay to a charity. This...

“Uplifting” the women of Fiji

Blogger Babasiga reports about a project that collects bras for the women in rural areas of Fiji.

Australian blogger now a celebrity in the Philippines

The blog of Australian Brian Gorrell is among the most popular blogs in the Philippines today. Even mainstream media is interested in Gorrell’s blog.

Uzbekistan: Blogging fosters freedom of speech

Recently, the U.S. State Department has ranked Uzbekistan among “top ten” of the most authoritarian countries in the world. During almost two decades of his reign, president I. Karimov and...

Afghanistan: Troops from United Arab Emirates

Josh Foust says that it seems troops from the United Arab Emirates are doing some full-scale combat missions in Afghanistan in order to “make friendly contacts with the population”. He...

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