Stories about Youth from September, 2008
Baltic States: Unity project for next generation of Balts
Lituanica reports from a Baltic youth conference, where visions of bringing Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania closer together stood out as the vision of a young Baltic generation.
Belarus: Youth activists in strange accident
LJ user toshirskij directs attention to [RUS] a Charta 97 article reporting on an opposition youth activist from the Young Front in a freak car accident. Returning from a meeting in preparation for protests on parliamentary election day 28 September, the wheel of his car fell off at high speed,...
China: Uncovering Sanlu Scandal
ESWN translated Fu Jianfeng's editor note of an investigative report on the Sanlu poisonous milk which disclosed how the company tried to cover up the scandal.
Dominican Republic: Schoolchildren Milk Found on Beach
Paolah of Ahi e Que Prende [es] writes about the discovery of milk used for schoolchildren on Juan Dolio beach in the Dominican Republic.
Guyana: The Crying Game
Signifying Guyana attempts to outwit her “cry-baby” son.
Armenia: Pro-Government Youth Group Formed
Unzipped comments on stumbling upon what looks like the start of a series of anti-smoking actions staged by a new pro-government youth movement. The blog says that Miasin appears to be poorly organized and lacked the creativity of other youth movements which have emerged in Armenia in the past year...
Estonia: Next population count by cyber census
Osteuropablog notes [GER] that the next Estonian population census in 2011 may be conducted by way of the Internet.
Belarus: Chernobyl Children Banned US Trip
Osteuropablog comments on [GER] how Chernobyl children in Belarus are denied going to the US for rest and treatment.
Brunei: Abandoned children
A campaign to help three children who were abandoned by their parents was recently launched in Brunei.
Iran:Ahmadinejad and Drug Addiction Facts
Emroozema, an Iranian blogger, says [fa] Mahmoud Ahmadinejad,Iranian president, recently said that there are only 600000 people who have drug addiction problems in country. The blogger informs that other authorities talk about three million addicted people where one million of them are under 19 years old.
Saudi Arabia: Why Should Arabs Have Access to the Internet?
For days, cyberactivists have been busy discussing the case of Moroccan blogger Mohammed Erraji, who was arrested, put on trial, sentenced - and then freed, and then put on trial again and finally acquitted. Who is Mohammed Erraji? Why did he cross 'red lines' knowing well that in many countries in the Middle East criticising members of the vast Ruling families is very likely to result in repercussions and punishment? Saudi blogger Fouad Al Farhan, who recently found himself behind bars for his writings in Saudi Arabia, visits Erraji's blog looking for answers.
Macedonia: Computer games have positive effect
Panta Rei writes [MKD] about a survey conducted by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, which shows that the gaming experience can have positive social, political and ethical effect. The post offers a counterargument to those who favor discrimination against gamers in the Macedonian media.
Japan: Virtual Boyfriends Social Network
Akky Akimoto introduces a very distinctive social network game in Japan called Web-Kare – virtual boyfriends social network.
China: Why Did I Publish The Name Sanlu?
A reporter blogger tells the readers that the poisonous milk powder issue had been reported in some local newspapers for a period of time, and he is the first reporter who decided to publish the brand name “Sanlu”. ESWN translated his post at Tianya, which gives details about local reporters’...
China: Media Manipulation on the Poisonous Milk Powder Scandal
The “Sanlu poisonous milk scandal” attracted more and more attention until the Central Propaganda Department gave strict orders on 9/15 to stop all Chinese media to report and investigate this scandal. Xinhua News, which is a mouthpiece of China government, shifted from a critical tone of voice to more positive reports and eulogy for the government departments' effectiveness in dealing with this scandal...This is a tragedy for hundred of thousands families. However, the sad story is being transformed into a happy story
Why do Egyptians get Divorced?
Statistics show that 75,000 Egyptian couples got divorced in 2006/2007. Marwa Rakha brings up oline reactions to the phenomena in this post.
Young Egyptian Women Do Not Want to Work!
While some women are still struggling to prove themselves in the workplace, the young generation of Egyptian men and women seems to be taking different route. Marwa Rakha brings us the story of how young Egyptians told a television show that they did not want their wives to work.
Five Minutes to Midnight: Let the Youth Be Heard
Since June 2003, Five Minutes to Midnight (FMM), a non-profit organization, has been trying to give youth's a voice on human rights and international issues, especially in developing countries. Leonard Chien has the chance to talk to Wojciech Gryc, FMM founder and director, about its past, future and views towards online tools.
China: Crisis on “Made in China”
The anger on the poisonous milk powder incident continues to roar everyday. Apart from Sanlu, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People's Republic of China released last night (Sept 16) that one fifth of baby powder manufacturers in the country are involved in the melamine scandal. 22 dairy enterprises, including national brands like Yili and Meng Niu are involved in manufacturing poisonous milk powder. Up till now, at least 6,244 babies got sick with kidney stone disease.
Egypt: Another Doweika Tragedy Waiting to Happen!
More than 1,100 students have so far joined a Facebook group crying for attention for a tragedy waiting to happen at Alexandria University's Engineering College. As more than 7,000 students get ready to return to classes, will their plight be heard? Marwa Rakha reports.
Belarus, Ukraine, Russia: Chernobyl Photo Essay
Chernobyl and Eastern Europe links to a photo essay created by teenagers from Belarus, Ukraine and Russia for the International Conference on Chernobyl held in Belarus in April 2006: “It is interesting to see these images – effects of the Chernobyl disaster as seen through the eyes of the children.”