· April, 2006

Stories about Youth from April, 2006

Belarus: “Public Repentance”

  21 April 2006

Iryna of TOL's Belarus Blog writes about “public repentance” taking place in Belarus now: “Students, who spent 10 to 15 days in prison after being arrested on the Square or during the March 25th demonstrations, are being forced to declare publicly that their legal participation in peaceful protests against election...

Helping Russian Orphans

  21 April 2006

On March 19, a group of wonderful, kind people from Moscow took presents acquired on donations from ordinary Muscovites to an orphanage in Ivanovo, home to 122 children (o to 4 years old), most of whom have various disabilities. The effort – one of the many – was coordinated online...

Armenia: Indian Student Protest

  20 April 2006

An Indian studying in Armenia fell from an open window and died after emergency services took 45 minutes to respond. Armenian police detained other Indian students for questioning and university officials showed little concern for students’ complaints prompting protests. Onnik Krikorian has extensive coverage and many photos of the protests.

Nepal: Youth and democracy

  20 April 2006

Samudaya.org has a report on a gather of non-aligned youth meeting to discuss Nepal's state – “participants discussed the significant role young people can play, and resolved to form an independent youth/ student coalition that will dispatch humanitarian aid and play the role of a watch dog body.”

Belarus: Europe's Involvement

  20 April 2006

TOL's Belarus Blog writes about the extent of Europe's interest in Belarusian affairs and about countries that offer scholarships to (so far) 20 Belarusian students expelled for political reasons.

Moldova: High School Physics Class

  19 April 2006

Peter Myers of Adventures in Moldova writes about his experience of visiting an “under-attended” high school physics class in Moldova: “Grigore Fyodorovici lamented to me after school about the fact that no boys came, because ‘they're the ones who really need physics.’ Girls don't need physics, he reasoned, because most...

South Africa: inter racial adoption

  19 April 2006

Mzansi Afrika comments on the ethics of inter-racial adoption in South Africa. …”The main reservation I have about inter-racial adoption is that due to circumstances the black children that are adopted end up losing all contact with their own culture and heritage, they speak English and are unable to speak...

Taiwan: Hu Jintao unwelcome

  18 April 2006

The Taiwanese blogger from Pingya's Bistro gives her account of Chinese president Hu Jintao's meeting with leader of Taiwan's Kuomintang Lien Chan just prior to the Communist leader's visit to the United States: “Those two people do not represent me, and cannot represent the entire people of Taiwan or of...

Iran: Underground Life!

Shiva (Persian), Iran based blogger, talks about underground life in Tehran's rich neighbourhood. She says in Iran you have no right to have disco but underground parties is a common thing in rich part of Tehran where young people take drugs and get involved in wild sex.

Nigeria: Extended family system

  17 April 2006

Naijablog believes that the West can learn much from the African/Nigerian “extended” family system …”nstead of ego-trauma as in the West, the fluidity of parenting opportunities in the extended family situation means the child does not experience the shift in a negative fashion”

French Antilles: Questions about Identity and Unemployment

  16 April 2006

Questioning Identity in the Diaspora Tino Land, written by a Martiniquan blogger living in Paris, highlights the tensions that sometimes exist between Africans and French Caribbeans, criticizing French Antillians who reject their African roots and Africans who say that Antillians are “sell-outs” to Western culture: J'emmerde tout les ANTILLAIS qui...

Russia: Chechen Children's Mysterious Illness

  14 April 2006

Bob Granico of Publius Pundit is calling to international health organizations to examine the Chechen children affected by a mysterious illness and investigate its causes: “Given that the children are not recovering, and that there is so much distrust on both sides of the issue, outside medical help is drastically...

China: Generation gap

  13 April 2006

The Bingfeng Teahouse blogger uses subway passengers in Shanghai as a case study on the difference between generations in China: “As you might find when you live here, the younger generations of china is quite different from the older ones and sometimes regarded as a new ‘race.’ Generally speaking, they...

Pulse of the Saudi Blogosphere

It had been a relatively quiet week in the Saudi blogosphere this week. However, several good posts can be found by bloggers from inside the country, and also by those who live abroad. So, let's get it started… A new community website for Saudi bloggers has been causing much controversy,...

Russia: Grigoriy Oster

  11 April 2006

Raffi Aftandelian of maaskva: nashimi glazami translates a few poems by the Russian children's poet Grigoriy Oster, author of the Harmful Advice: A Book for Naughty Children and Their Parents.

Ukraine: Promoting Books in Ukrainian

  11 April 2006

A group of Ukrainian LJ users concerned about the sorry state of Ukrainian-language book publishing had a lively discussion on how the situation could be improved. One blogger even drew a parallel with the Aymara language of faraway Bolivia. Below are just a few snippets of this conversation (UKR): swalllage-kits:...

Trinidad & Tobago: World Cup suggestions & a comic book

  11 April 2006

Stacy-Marie Ishmael of the Trinidad & Tobago World Cup Blog posts her answers to the question of how the World Cup can be improved. She also reports that a comic book is being produced in tribute to the Soca Warriors, Trinidad & Tobago's national football team.

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