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· February, 2009

Stories from Quick Reads from February, 2009

DRC: Police raise revenue, but whom are they keeping safe?

In the DRC, Cedric Kalonji questions the Inspector General of the South Kivu police who, in a recent radio interview, pledged that the police were committed to raising revenue through...

Iran: A village where smoking is a sin

Potin has publsihed several photos of an Iranain village, Makhoonik, in South Khorasan Province where smoking is considered as a sin and villagers has another name for TV:Satan!

Azerbaijan: Sumgait

The Armenian Observer posts video from 21 years ago showing rioters in Sumgait during an anti-Armenian pogrom which left 26 ethnic Armenians and 6 Azeris dead.

Israel: Battling Cancer

Daughter of Cancer from Israel describes the suffering her 56-year-old mother is going through battling brain cancer.

Bangladesh: Why The BDR Massacre?

Shada Kalo analyzes the motives behind the BDR (Border guards) mutiny in Bangladesh and discusses the intelligence and negotiation failures as the horror of massacre of army officers by the...

Bolivia: Donations Other than Ambulances

With the recent crisis involving dengue fever throughout Bolivia, Carlos Gustavo Machicado of Guccio's [es] writes that there are more pressing health concerns in which donations other than ambulances are...

Trinidad & Tobago: Living for Carnival

This Beach Called Life suspects that Trinidad Carnival may have a positive impact on longevity.

Bangladesh: Massacre Cannot be Justified

“What do you call it when a group of ‘disgruntled’ BDR soldiers [Bangladesh border guards] started their expression of grievances by open-firing on the commissioned army officers? Mutiny? Rebellion? Revolt?...

Armenia: 1 March post-election clash anniversary

As the opposition prepares to mark the 1 March post-election clashes which left at least 10 dead, The Armenian Observer says tensions are increasing in the capital, Yerevan. Meanwhile, writing...

Kyrgyzstan: Smoke Country

Elena published some information about smoking among the youth in Kyrgyzstan.

Martinique and Guadeloupe: Vocabulary of the general strike

le blog de [moi] [Fr] discusses how a new vocabulary has entered into the creoles of Guadeloupe and Martinique since the beginning of the general strike: “What was really surprising...

Armenia: 1 March Anniversary

Dispatches from Armenia comments on tomorrow's first anniversary of the post-election clashes which left eight opposition supporters and two policemen dead. The blog calls the incident a slaughter at the...

Armenia: No dollars in Yerevan

Life in the Armenian Diaspora reports that panicked citizens have been converting their local currency so frantically that there are now no dollars to be found at exchanges in the...

Paraguay: Why Do Fellow Citizens Leave the Country?

“Why do Paraguayans leave our country?” writes Jasy Moroti on Somos Paraguayos [es] and lists some of the reasons including not being given opportunities, sometimes based on the personal interests...

Colombia: Restrictions and Curfew in Medellín

In Medellín, Colombia, Juan David Escobar is critical about the new restrictions for male passengers on motorcycles and a city-wide curfew for bars outside of designated areas [es]. He points...

Trinidad & Tobago, U.S.A.: Aggravation Nation

Trinidadian blogger Now is Wow Too is finding the U.S.A. “an unfortunate source of aggravation”.

Bermuda: Budget Response

From Bermuda, Vexed Bermoothes comments on the opposition's response to the government's 2009-10 Budget.

Jamaica: Passion

Jamaican diaspora blogger Geoffrey Phlip republishes text from a lecture he gave about the importance of pursuing your passions.

Armenia: Dollar Panic

The Armenian Observer reports that many in the country are rushing to change their local currency into dollars and limits have been introduced at currency exchanges.

Kazakhstan: Rally of the opposition

Zhanna writes a post about the rally staged by the leading Kazakhstani opposition party in Almaty.

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