Stories from 9 December 2006
Global Voices co-founder Ethan Zuckerman and tech guru Boris Anthony have put together a new “Global Voices Web” search using the new Google Co-op platform which enables you to create your own search engine. Check it out – it's in the yellow search bar near the top of the page...
The Turkish Invasion writes about the Moscow subway: “It is just like being married… You can't do with or without it.”
Andy Young has relaunched Siberian Light, a blog on Russia, and reports on a deadly fire at a Moscow drug rehabilition hospital, which killed 45 women last night.
Sean's Russia Blog writes about a strange verdict in the antifa activist's murder case: the murderers have been convicted for “hooliganism.”
Attempts to untangle the details of Aleksandr Litvinenko's poisoning, from different perspectives: by a reader at La Russophobe – here, and by Copydude – here, here, and here.
Le Pangolin provides an update on the status of Africans who have migrated to Spain on rafts in the thousands in the past year (Fr): “Spain, which in an initial phase had decided to welcome them under pressure from France and the UK, just changed its position and has hardened...
Copydude writes about Russian female bodyguards.
A Step At A Time links to Edward Lucas’ piece on the “new cold war.”
Le Pangolin blames (Fr) the mass emigration attempts of the young in Senegal and Africa and increasing prostitution among young women on a crisis affecting this majority age group. The blogger lists nine causes of the crisis including the lack of services for youth and for young women specifically, the...
‘Extraordinary rendition’ has passed into common parlance over the last year as human rights organisations have accused the US government of exporting suspects to be tortured in regimes like Egypt, Morocco and Syria. But while cases involving international suspects get the headlines, these countries are regularly cited by human rights...
At neweurasia, Peter notes the death in exile of an early victim of purges in Turkmenistan.
Registan.net reports on the Uzbek president's Constitution Day speech, in which he announced the theme for the new year.
Leila writes about a Czech musician eager to learn about her roots in Kazakhstan.
Onnik Krikorian marks the 18th anniversary of the 1988 Armenian earthquake that killed 25,000 and continues to impact northern regions of the country.
In my last post, I translated excrepts from a post written by Egyptian blogger Abdulkareem Sulaiman, who is being held in custody for articles he wrote online, describing the unhealthy conditions he is being forced to adapt to behind bars. Well, his saga seems to continue, in a legal tangle...
Afrigadget writes about a foldaway house in South Africa: “Rajan Harinarain, a South African entrepreneur and inventor has come up with a temporary foldaway house for use in emergency situations complete with electrical wiring and fittings, doors and windows that can be erected by a small team in 5 minutes.”
Grandiose Parlor weighs in on Black Looks’ post, Technorati Bomb for Africa.
UDPS Liege announces (Fr) that 5 supporters of party leader Etienne Tshisekedi were arrested in the Matonge neighborhood at a demo on Wednesday. The blog provides four names: Passy Mutombo, Jean Robert Bongeye, Kelly Mukendi and Pepe Lokaso.
L'Odyssee de Tattum just discovered the band Alafia of which she writes (Fr): “With more than 300 concerts in tow, Alafia is a presence at numerous festivals … Alafia's sunny sound is partly inspired by malagasy rhythms such as Malesa and Salegy, but it is first and foremost a melting...
Blog Politique du Senegal writes (Fr): “If Wade was as wise as Mandela, he would retire …”