Stories from 12 September 2006
Bermuda: Hurricane Florence aftermath
The Limey returns home after waiting out hurricane Florence in Bermuda's capital. He's pleased to report that the damage is “nowhere near as bad as it was after [2003 hurricane] Fabian.”
Cuba: Non-Aligned security
Luis M. Garcia wonders if the tight security around the summit of the Non-Aligned Movement in Havana is to keep intruders out — or the delegates in.
Five years on from 9/11, the world remembers
The mainstream media in many countries have been preoccupied with events in the United States to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Centre and Pentagon on 9/11 2001. But the repercussions of these events have spread across the globe and people far beyond New York...
La Reunion, USA: Pondering American Employment Trends
US-based La Reunion-origined blogger Sandy of Reunion-USA2 posts several cartoons illustrating that (Fr): “In the USA, the cost of living is so high that only a minority of lucky ones can afford to work only one job. Case in point, these two cartoons explaining that having multiple jobs has become...
Haiti, Montreal: 2nd Annual Haitian Film Festival
Collectif Haiti de Provence points to an Alterpresse article which highlights an important Haitian film event (Fr): “The second edition of the International Festival of Haitian Film (FIFHM) was launched Wednesday September 6 at the Canadian National Film Office (ONF) in the St Denis neighborhood of Montreal. This initiative of...
FSU: Ask Carpetblogger (About Crapistan)
Carpetblogger introduces a new feature, Ask Carpetblogger, in which she'll be answering “questions about life in Crapistan.” The first question is this: “Carpetblogger, how can I tell if I am on a flight to, from or within the Former Soviet Union? How can I be culturally sensitive while on board?”
Russia: “Putin's Presidential Pseudo-News”
Vilhelm Konnander writes on how the media treat Vladimir Putin's repeated assurances that he is not considering staying for the third presidential term: “Still, international media continues to report that Putin will leave power in 2008, in the anticipation that somewhere along the line he will change his mind.”
Russia: World Toilet Organization
Snowsquare.com writes about a bizarre event held in Moscow last week: the World Toilet Summit & Expo 2006.
Russia: “Solzhenitsyn vs. Khatami”
Russia Blog compares two Harvard speakers: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn in 1978 and Mohammed Khatami this year.
Russia: Sakhalin Oil and Gas
Russia Blog writes about oil and gas development on Sakhalin.
Russia: Murder Over Foreign-Made Car
Russia Blog writes about the tragic death of an Omsk journalist and his family: “Ruslan noticed a nice Mitsubishi car parked by a tent, with no potential witnesses around. Driving a foreign-made vehicle was his childhood dream. So he went to the tent and shot Aleksandr Petrov in the face...
Russia: Sprats, Scam, Ripping
Copydude writes about “a giant can of Baltic Sprats” sculpture soon to appear in a town near Kaliningrad; about German ads – possibly, a scam – offering “assisted resettlement package to Kaliningrad, including subsidised bills, free train travel, free phone installation, a chance to collect Russian and German pensions and...
Romania: Journalism Education
Owlspotting writes about journalism education in Romania.
Romania, Russia: Movies
Owlspotting writes about translating movie titles into Romanian. The Accidental Russophile gives advice on finding and watching Russian DVDs in the United States.
Halfway Down the Danube compares Bulgaria's capital Sofia to Romania's capital Bucharest: “Bucharest has more cars; Sofia has better drivers.”
Poland: 9/11 Memorial
The beatroot writes about the opening of a 9/11 memorial in a Polish town that saw a pogrom against Jews in 1946 – and about the effects of the 9/11 “media hysteria.”
Poland: Socialist Realism
The beatroot writes about Socialist Realism: “…mostly a patronizing celebration of all things ugly and pompous.”
Sri Lanka: Religion and Domination
Moju on the various dichotomies between religion and the politics of domination. “however, what cannot be explained, nor justified, is the frenzied nationalist who screams for sinhala domination and also calls himself a sinhalese buddhist.”
Bangladesh: On 9/11
Or How I Learnt To Stop Worrying on the events of 9/11 – including the worry for people, the anxiety and the frenzied calls. “I later found out that both of my college housemates were in the towers that day. My other friend was having breakfast in Morgan Stanley’s cafeteria...
India: Satyagraha and 9/11
While 9/11 appears to have the dominant connotation of a terror attack, Sepia Mutiny explores the other 9/11 – celebrating a hundred years of Satyagraha – or Gandhi's non violent resistance movement.
Bangladesh: Remembering the victims
The Bengali Fob Says… on remembering the victims of 9/11, and the consequences of the tragedy. “Another thing that annoys me about 9/11 tributes is the fact that the Americans never show the ethnic Americans who died. “