Stories about Youth from December, 2007
Russia: “Nashi” and Feminism
Natalia Antonova writes about Nashi pro-Putin youth movement – and about feminism in the former Soviet Union: “So is there feminism in Russia today? Yes. Only in many instances, it doesn’t go by that name. And perhaps never will. Is there feminism among Nashi members? I don’t believe the members...
Bahrain: Celebrations, commemorations, and demonstrations
Bahrain is approaching the end of a ten-day holiday to celebrate both its National Day and Eid Al Adha, which has seen tragedy as well as joy. December 16 is Bahrain’s National Day, and the following day celebrates the King’s accession to the throne (عيد الجلوس), but it is also a day on which the opposition mark ‘Martyrs’ Day’, commemorating the people who died during the 1990s while fighting for political reform. During demonstrations this year one man died, creating another 'martyr', and increasing tension on the streets of the kingdom.
Armenia: Action Puts Bloggers In Media Spotlight
In countries such as Armenia where the mainstream broadcast media is firmly under the control of government-connected businessmen and/or officials, while the traditional print and online media largely reflects the opposition in the country, there is no doubt that blogs have an important role to play in the dissemination of...
China: Children Version of Lust, Caution
ESWN translated an editorial discussion of yweekend about the children version of Lust, Caution.
Kyrgyzstan: Teaching finance
Bboyd reacts on the predicted unemployment catastrophe among young people in the developing countries, and gives some recommendations for the aid organizations on how to fight it.
Madagascar elections: a warning for the current regime?
The final results of the municipal elections for Antananarivo, the capital city of Madagascar, were handed out last week. The independent candidate, Andry Rajoelina, won against the candidate of the presidential party, Hery Rafalimanana, in an upset many bloggers perceive as a warning for the current president.
Serbia: 50 Cent in Kosovo
Prishtine: Independence and Kanun hosts a discussion of 50 Cent's recent concert in Kosovo.
Turkey: Childhood Dreams
Turkish blogger Murat Altinbasak shares his dreams with us in this post.
Arabeyes: Celebrating Eid Al Adha
Muslims around the world are celebrating Eid Al Adha - which commemorates Ibrahim's (Abraham's) willingness to sacrifice his son Ismael for Allah (God). It also culminates the Hajj, an annual pilgrimage to Mecca, which has this year attracted more than 2 million people. Here's how bloggers from the region marked the occasion.
Barbados, Jamaica: Navel String
“Dirt under the nails is a good thing”: Living in Barbados blogs about an interesting Jamaican tradition and the joys of being close to the earth.
Kazakhstan: Blogosphere’s Self-Reflection
Recently, the Kazakhstani blogosphere has suddenly become interested in what the blogs really are and what sort of impact they have. Bloggers produced series of posts on this topic approximately at the same time. It is difficult to say for sure what was the reason for such wave of self-reflection...
Panama: Holiday Hand-outs
During the holidays, the streets seem to fill with more children begging. Chiriqui Chatter provides thoughts on this practice and deciding to whom to give that coin.
India: Children, violence and guns
karmickids is shocked by a shootout in a school in India – and why she isn't likely to buy her kid any toy guns.
China: Youth Died in Police Station
A eleven years old boy was found dead in a police station in Kaifeng City. He was detained by the police for 8 days for stealing 13 bicycles. His parent found bruises and cigarette burning marks on the dead body. Liu Xiaoyuan pointed out that, whenever criminal suspects were found...
Russia: Putin on Modern Warfare
Vladimir Putin appears, sort of, on Modern Warfare video game, James of Robert Amsterdam's blog reports.
Armenia: Protest Highlights Blogging
The Armenian Observer comments on yesterday's protest by four Armenian bloggers against a Days of Azerbaijan event hosted at a local school in Yerevan, the Armenian capital. The blog says the protest “brought massive media attention to the understanding of blogging […] as a form of civil activity in Armenia.”
India: Death of two students
Two Indian PhD students are shot dead at Louisiana State University. Sepia Mutiny has more.
Kyrgyzstan: Women and Youth Score Worst in Elections
GenderStan opines that the way Kyrgyz society is structured does not allow for diversity in the parliament. The party called “New Power” won as little as 0,23% of the votes. It has included mostly women and young people and was not able to invest into a large-scale campaign.
Iraq: The Suffering of Iraqis
While we have touched on the plight of Iraqi refugees in neighbouring Arab countries previously, nothing compares to the real misery they are facing away from their homes and jobs more than Iraqi blogger Faiza Al Arji's (Arabic) report from the ground.
Armenia: Days of Azerbaijan
Despite the unresolved conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed territory of Nagorno Karabakh, Oneworld Multimedia comments on press reports that a school in the Armenian capital is currently staging an event, Days of Azerbaijan in Yerevan. The blog wonders if there will now be a Days of Azerbaijan...
Caribbean: A More Violent World?
Are we living in a more violent world? Some say we are; others believe that violence is simply more widely reported. Earlier this year, the World Bank suggested that the Caribbean (as a region) may have the highest murder rate in the world - and it is having a serious effect on economic growth. More and more, Caribbean bloggers are discussing the issue - and their concerns transcend territorial boundaries, economic realities and regional politics...