Stories from 14 March 2006
“Tajik Boy” writes that he hopes that Tajik educators currently in the US learning about the delivery of economics education pick up valuable skills to bring back to Tajikistan.
Nessuna writes about the trials, tribulations, and joys of waitressing in Armenia.
“Don't Shoot” by Tatiana Cardeal Brazilian photographer and social activist, Tatiana Cardeal has posted a set of photographs related to the youth outreach program, Afroreggae. In this picture, Cardeal explains: Here is Afroreggae group playing at the meeting, inside the headquarters of the military police of Rio de Janeiro, where...
Noting that more and more women are starting to smoke, Indonesia Anonymus suggests some alternative warning labels that could scare off as many women as men.
Ktemoc Konsiders discusses Malaysia's race-based politics. “Opportunistic, avaricious and deliberately divisive politics has screwed up our opportunity of a Bangsa Malaysia. Some of us go around saying proudly “I am Malaysian”, yet the truth is that does ring somewhat hollow in our own ears!”
Another Hundred Years Hence takes the long view of the evolution of Philippine politics. Despite the upheavals, the long-term trend is positive: “the comfort is that chaos on the surface is generated by the friction in the deeper layers.”
After reading a local business paper refer to Singapore as the “heart of Asia,” Mr. Wang cautions against the use of such self-congratulatory terminology: “The best place to start climbing towards success is right where you are – not where you imagine yourself to be.”
Paul at thai-blogs.com worries about the state of Buddhism in Thailand: “it seems that for many people Buddhism is about merit making. About giving money to monks and about trying to improve your own social status. Sorry but to me this is not Buddhism.”
Latino Movement USA Director Juan Jose Gutierrez recently gave a talk in Los Angeles, California about his experience at Bolivian President Evo Morales’ inauguration. In this podcast you can hear what Gutierrez has to say about Morales and the future of Bolivia.
Jon of PostHegemony introduces his readers to Chilean black and white photographer, Paz Errázuriz. He notes that most of her subject matter involve those who have been marginalized by society.
Peter Byrne of Abdymok points out the “wrong adjectives” used to describe Ukraine's president Victor Yushchenko in a Wall Street Journal piece on his relationship with former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko.
Over at A Fistful of Euros, Doug Muir argues against the independence of Montenegro and Brussels Gonzo disagrees with him.
LEvko of Foreign Notes makes predictions on what the upcoming TV debates between the Ukrainian politicians are going to be like.
Digenis has begun an 11-part series on the history of the the Seven Sisters, the Moscow skyscrapers built in the 1950s, which are considered to be “the epitome of Stalinist Architecture and Socialist Classicism.”
W. Shedd of The Accidental Russophile writes about Mikhail Bulgakov, his work, and a TV series based on one of his most famous novels that has made the sales of the book itself soar.
LJ user Petya Favorov reproduces a map of the Moscow subway that shows what it might look like by the year 2100. Some commenters (RUS) agree that it is more or less realistic.
Novgorod-based RUBLog (recently renamed into Travel Russia!) links to a site featuring Russian folk tales in English, including the one about Sadko, a bard from Novgorod. The Accidental Russophile links to a site dedicated to the “Russian mushroom lore” and reproduces several well-known Russian folk tale illustrations.
Alex(ei) of The Russian Dilettante's Weblog writes about Russian citizens’ mistrust of the police.
Leon waxes cynical as the West Indies cricket team “snatch[es] defeat from the jaws of victory” and lose to New Zealand.
Happy Women's Day to every Palestinian woman who has lost a father, brother, son or a husband. To all Palestinian women who are still languishing inside the Israeli prisons waiting for justice. Palestinian women commemorate women's day to highlight their struggle and show perseverance in fighting the Israeli occupation on...
Stacy-Marie Ishmael leaps to the defense of Trinidad & Tobago's football team, who will be contesting their first World Cup this coming June and are proving to be the butt of more than a few jokes.