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· April, 2010

Stories about War & Conflict from April, 2010

Russia: The 2009 Killing of Umar Israilov

Robert Amsterdam writes about Ramzan Kadyrov's alleged involvement in the 2009 murder of Umar Israilov in Vienna, and links to C.J. Chivers’ New York Times investigative piece, whose opening paragraph...

Russia: “Burnt By the Box Office”

Vadim Nikitin of Foreign Policy Association's Russia blog reviews the reactions to Nikita Mikhalkov's Burnt by the Sun 2, “Russia’s most expensive movie.”

Japan: Remove the U.S. Marine Base From Ginowan

Martin from Kurashi blogs about the recent protest in Tokyo calling for the Japanese Parliament to remove the U.S. marine air base from Futenma, Okinawa in the city of Ginowan.

Afghanistan: Taliban reintegration plans

Nick Fielding reflects on the plans to reintegrate Taliban fighters back into society of Aghanistan, reviewing a new report by the Afghan Analysts Network.

Azerbaijan: Nationalist propaganda

Flying Carpets and Broken Pipelines recounts being verbally abused by a fellow countryman after co-presenting with Global Voices Online's Caucasus regional editor at a recent conference. The blogger notes that...

Kyrgyzstan: The aftermath of public uprising

In the past week, the attention of Kyrgyzstani bloggers has been very firmly centred on political events in this small, mountainous Central Asian country. All over the country, memorials have...

India: Citizens debate government policy and the Maoist response

Dealing a severe blow to the Indian government’s ongoing offensive against the Naxalite-Maoist insurgency, 76 policemen were ambushed and killed by Maoist rebels in Dantewada, Chattisgarh on April 6, 2010....

Myanmar: Hundreds injured in bomb blasts

At least 170 people were injured in three bomb blasts in Rangoon, Myanmar during the celebration of the Burmese New Year last weekend.

Philippines: Online indignation over massacre case

The government's recent decision to drop multiple murder charges against two members of the Ampatuan clan involved in the November 2009 Maguindanao massacre of 57 people, including 31 journalists, has...

Madagascar: A Flurry of Alleged Coups as Mediation Resumes

After the Minister of the  Armed forces was fired on April 7th under allegation of a Coup attempt,   Achille52 wonders what the April 18th allegation of another Coup and the...

Guinea: Thierno Siré Diallo on Hunger Strike

Guinée50 wonders whether Thierno Siré Diallo hunger strike to raise awareness for all the Guineans who disappeared in the past 40 years is helping the reconciliation process or not (fr).

Rwanda: Rwanda suspends newspapers

Jason links to a few stories of interest from Rwanda and D.R of Congo: “* Rwanda suspends two newspapers critical of the government for six months, meaning they won't be...

Pakistan: Investigation Report On Benazir Bhutto's assassination

“This is what we paid US$20 million for???” comments Cafe Pyala after watching the media presentation by the UN Commission investigating Pakistan's ex-prime minister and PPP chairman Benazir Bhutto's assassination.

Afghanistan: The insurgency leader speaks up

Nick Fielding reviews the rare interview with Sirajuddin Haqqani, commander of Taliban forces in Paktia, Khost and Paktika (Afghanistan).

Pakistan: A Mysterious Plane in Karachi

Teeth Maestro questions “what’s a Meridian Jet doing in Karachi?” Similar planes have been used in ‘rendition’ program “in which the CIA uses private aircraft to ferry prisoners to various...

Sri Lanka: A Predictable Election

On 8th of April Sri Lankan voters went to vote to elect 225 representatives in the parliament to form a new government. The election saw a low turnout and was...

Palestine: Ideas for Catchy Titles

Palestinian blogger Laila El-Haddad sends out a tweet saying: “Officially started writing new book; in need of catchy titles; suggestions?”

Pakistan: Current Crisis In Khyber-Pukhtoonkhwa

Faris Kasim at Teeth Maestro reflects on the current crisis in all the conflict affected areas of Khyber-Pukhtoonkhwa.

Israel/Palestine: Will There Ever Be A Deal For Shalit?

Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit has been held by Hamas for nearly four years, with all attempts having failed to get him released in exchange for Palestinian prisoners held by Israel....

Central Asia: Writing “About Each Other, For Each Other”

Sarah Kendzior of Registan.net writes about the significance of Kyrgyzstan's and Central Asian social media and points out some external observers’ distorted view of them: “There is another internet, a...

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