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· February, 2010

Stories about Migration & Immigration from February, 2010

Cuba: On the Front Line

  26 February 2010

Cuban diaspora blogger Uncommon Sense says that “Orlando Zapata Tamayo's fight for liberty is not over, as reports…are that other Cuban freedom fighters are taking his place on the front lines of the struggle.”

Haiti: On Beauty

  24 February 2010

“The problem is not lack of food. It's lack of money. Put people to work. Pay them enough to support the local economy. Pay them enough to eat good local food”: Chronicles of an Unplanned Return writes an uplifting post about “beauty, lightness, and good things” in Haiti.

Caucasus: Lezginka dance

  24 February 2010

Orxanbey posts a video on YouTube of what is described as an Azeri guy and and an Armenian girl dancing to the Lezginka (national dance popular in the North Caucasus), location unknown. Wearing the national flags of Armenia and Azerbaijan, Because of the still unresolved conflict between the two countries...

Armenia: Working conditions

  24 February 2010

Adrineh Macaan details the trials and tribulations of working in Armenia. The blog says that conditions are inconvenient and lacking, hours are long, and salaries sometimes take months to be paid.

Singapore: Foreign workers

  20 February 2010

According to a finance committee report, Singapore will continue to welcome foreign workers. Foreigners comprise more than a third of Singapore population

Armenia: Eurovision blog

  18 February 2010

Despite the controversy following Sunday's national song contest to determine Armenia's entry into this year's Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo, Norway, still lingering, the successful entrant, Eva Rivas, has launched a blog to accompany her bid at http://eva-rivas.livejournal.com/.

Bahamas, Haiti: Migration Debate

  18 February 2010

“The level of ignorance, fear and hate-mongering surrounding the Haitian migration to the Bahamas is astounding – especially when one considers the fact that Africans living in Haiti achieved the first successful slave revolt in history against one of the world's most advanced nations”: Larry Smith at Bahama Pundit weighs...

South Korea: Little Manila

  18 February 2010

CINA collects local news report on the gentrification pressure in Seoul city on Little Manila, the marketplace for domestic migrants.

U.S.A., Cuba: Cuban-American Congressman Announces Resignation

  13 February 2010

Bloggers in Miami and Cuba are buzzing over the news that US Representative Lincoln Diaz-Balart will not run for reelection in the fall. Diaz-Balart, a Republican, is a staunch supporter of the trade embargo against Cuba, and he took his resignation speech as an opportunity to highlight his role in codifying the embargo.

Haiti: Aristide as an Ally

  11 February 2010

The Haitian Blogger reports that some Fanmi Lavalas members have asked President Preval to allow Aristide to return and to be an ally in the rebuilding of Haiti, calling the move “a good opportunity to address the question of regime change in Haiti and the US and UN involvement in...

Guyana: Rodney Film

  10 February 2010

Signifyin’ Guyana is inspired by “Guyanese filmmaker Clairmont Chung's W.A.R. Stories, a documentary on the life, activism, and death of Dr. Walter Rodney.”

Trinidad & Tobago: Working for the Tourist Dollar?

  9 February 2010

The Liming House is incensed by a campaign from Virgin Atlantic designed to “help the Caribbean”: “Both Virgin and the Travel Foundation appear to think that the only opportunities for ‘disadvantaged youth’ in the Caribbean are in ‘craft making, beekeeping and fishing.’ Gosh, development has just passed those backward-but-smiling natives...

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China: Let Feng Zhenghu come home, to jail time

  9 February 2010

After 92 days in Narita Airport, activist Feng Zhenghu has returned to Japan and is preparing for his ninth attempt to return home to China. Should he go? Illiberal members of Anti-CNN.com think jail time for leaders in China's exiled democracy movement could give it a fresh start.

Arab World: Should the New York Times Reassign Ethan Bronner?

  9 February 2010

Over the past couple of weeks, a much-discussed topic in the broader Arab blogosphere has been a news story that broken by a member of the blogosphere itself. On January 25, the Electronic Intifada (EI) reported that the son of Ethan Bronner, New York Times' Jerusalem bureau chief, had recently been inducted into the Israeli Defense Forces. Arab bloggers discuss the case.

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