· April, 2009

Stories about United Kingdom from April, 2009

Russia: Baymurat (aka Jimmy) Singing Bollywood Song

  25 April 2009

Videos of a rendition of a Bollywood song by Baymurat (aka Jimmy) – an ethnic Uzbek from Tajikistan, a gastarbeiter in a town near Moscow, and a YouTube celebrity: one of the earlier versions is here, and the performance at Asian Dub Foundation's April 4 gig in St. Petersburg, Russia...

Sri Lanka: The Pros And Cons Of International Attention

  24 April 2009

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) are holding on to to just a sliver of land in the north of Sri Lanka, but the United Nations is estimating that 50,000 people are still trapped in the warzone. As fighting surges in the final throes, concerns for civilians is growing and calls for international attention and understanding abound on the Internet and in the streets of cities around the world, such as London, Berlin and Paris.

Russia: Weekly News and New Blogs

  24 April 2009

Siberian Light re-introduces Russian Weekly News section – and continues to promote blogs that focus on Russia and other former Soviet states: a review of The Russian Store Blog (“The History of Pisanki” is one of the recent posts there) and a roundup of blogs of British ambassadors to Belarus...

Global Job Losses and Returning Migrant Workers

  4 April 2009

This post focuses on the stories of the unemployed and migrant workers who are returning home to their countries. Job layoffs are perceived by most people as the primary and most recognizable indicator of the global economic recession. How has unemployment affected individuals around the world? In what ways the reverse migration of workers creating problems for developing nations?

Azerbaijan: The great outdoors

Scary Azeri in Suburbs continues to examine the differences between life in Azerbaijan and life in England. This time round, the blog comments on the different approaches taken to the great outdoors.

The first Brunei Postgraduate Symposium

  1 April 2009

Two weeks ago, the first Bruneian Postgraduate Symposium was held at the Brunei Gallery, School of Oriental African Studies in London. The symposium provided an oppprtunity for Bruneian students to exchange ideas and concerns on various topics. Participants discussed the difficulties of accessing resources and data on Brunei for academic research.

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