Stories from 17 April 2006
Sheri offers an overview (es) of schools in Puerto Rico that are using blogs.
Malmi announces (es) the 4th International Festival of Poor Cinema, which takes place in Gibara, Cuba, from April 17-23, and discusses the festival's background and philosophy. “Those new technologies,” writes Malmi, “that widen the gap between rich and poor, when applied to the world of the image, allow for films...
Sean is excited at the prospect of an underwater turbine being planned by BELCO, Bermuda's electricity company, which will make use of the Gulf Stream to generate power.
“Passa passa” events, which are also causing a stir in Grenada, have arrived in Barbados as well, according to Barbados Free Press, who notes that the story has also been picked up by Russian news service Pravda. “We must congratulate the Royal Barbados Police Force for moving against this bit...
The Limey is pleased to see that Bermuda's National Drug Control Minister is backing the partial decriminalisation of marijuana.
neweurasia reports on Mongolia's 18th and 19th confirmed cases of HIV and the steps being taken in response.
Luke Distelhorst has an update on the ongoing protests in Mongolia.
Zarchka writes about Easter celebrations in Armenia.
Onnik Krikorian notes that an official has admitted that the 2003 presidential election was falsified and he comments on the prospects for fairer votes in the 2007 and 2008 elections.
Guido Verboom covers a war of words on Wikipedia over entries for Mongolian politicians.
Tim Newman of White Sun of the Desert reports that Russia is planning to provide financial aid to Hamas: “For the last few years, much of Russia’s foreign policy has been a two step process: 1) See what the US is doing. 2) Do the opposite.”
Snowsquare.com takes a look at Moscow's VIP market. Also noted is a special Orthodox Easter feature for cell phones.
Sean Guillory writes about Komsomol and its influence on today's political youth movements in Russia.
Megan Case takes a picture of a sexist beer ad in a St. Petersburg subway train – and gets fined for doing it. Konstantin Dlutskiy of Russian Marketing Blog comments on this ad.
Sergey Belyakov of Travel Russia! (formerly known as RUBLog) posts a note on the Russian LiveJournal world: ZheZhe, as it is known in Russian, is currently 274,763 users strong.
Petro Rondiak of Petro's Jotter writes about how he almost ended up bribing a traffic policeman during a family trip from Kyiv to Odesa.
Stefan of Dykun quotes a message from Oksana Kolodnytska, a 23-year-old Ukrainian school teacher from Pidhajtsi, on why Yulia Tymoshenko's Bloc has gotten so many votes in the March 26 parliamentary election.
LEvko of Foreign Notes comments on political battles in Ukraine and in its capital, Kyiv.
As the Warsaw Crow Flies, Further Ramblings of a N.Irish Magyar and The Glory of Carniola describe Easter traditions in Poland, Hungary and Slovenia.
The beatroot writes about “Poland’s answer to Martha Stewart”: former first lady Jolanta Kwasniewska, now “a fashion and lifestyle guru.”
Pestiside.hu writes about high demand for Hungarian coffin in Western Europe.