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5 October 2007

Stories from 5 October 2007

Brazilian “Elite Squad” Provokes Police, Pirates, Pundits and Promotion

“Elite Squad”, a much-hyped film about Rio's special forces police is having its official launch today in Rio and São Paulo, and the nationwide premiere is scheduled for Oct. 12....

India: A day in Calcutta

The author of I, Me, Myself finds himself in Calcutta and offers glimpses of the city, even as he compares it to other cities in India.

Burma, India: Midnight Raid

An update from Burma on the current situation. “raided many monasteries, they visited house to house around mid-night and picked up whom they suspected as the protest leaders in Rangoon”...

India: Films and Pregnancy

When My Soup Came Alive on the rather unappetizing way that pregnancy is announced in Indian Movies.

Sri Lanka: Violence against women and ICT

Voice of South on the example of a program in Sri Lanka in the context of using ICT to empower women against violence.

Sri Lanka: Blogosphere Roundup

A wonderful roundup of posts at the Sri Lankan blogosphere at London, Lanka and Drums.

Russia, Ukraine: Gas, Again

Wu Wei writes about the most recent gas conflict between Russia and Ukraine: “Now it is threatening LOUDLY in public to cut off gas to Ukraine (and thus inevitably to...

In a new blog, Neojaponisme, W. David Marx reports on suppressed reports of pedophilia against a well-known Japanese producer, Johnny Kitagawa. It's a good read on the state of the...

Serbia: Belgrade Airport Complaint

Wu Wei writes a letter to the managers of Belgrade Airport, pointing out ways for them to improve their service.

Guyana: Newspapers online

Guyana Providence Stadium compares the websites of the three daily Guyanese newspapers and finds the government-owned paper lacking in savvy.

Barbados: Visiting the Concorde

Notes from the Margin reports on a visit to the decommissioned Concorde supersonic jet preserved at the Barbados airport (there were once weekly Concorde flights between London and Barbados).

St. Vincent and the Grenadines: Petroglyphs threatened

And Still I Rise is astounded by news that ancient Carib rock carvings may be destroyed in the construction of the new international airport in St. Vincent.

Russia: Central Asian Migrant Workers

“…The number of Central Asians coming to work in Russia is likely to continue to grow over the next several decades,” writes Window on Eurasia.

Barbados: Email snooping?

Is the Barbados government reading citizens’ emails looking for evidence of opposition? Barbados Free Press thinks so.

Russia: Corrupt Ethnocracies in North Caucasus

Window on Eurasia writes this about violence in the North Caucasus: “… The emergence of corrupt local ethnocracies as ‘the third force’ in this battle has generally passed unnoticed.” Also,...

Russia: A Protestant Country?

According to Window on Eurasia, “Russia could become a Protestant country, at least in terms of the number of practicing faithful, for a few decades until ongoing demographic developments transform...

Russia: Internet Journalism

Window on Eurasia writes about Internet journalism in Russia.

Russia: Kadyrov and Islam

Window on Eurasia reports that Ramzan Kadyrov “wants to ‘impose order’ on Islam in Russia.”

Russia: Indigenous Peoples’ Land Problems

Window on Eurasia reports that some indigenous peoples of Russia have been “reduced to the status of poachers” on their own land.

Japan: Nova and Teacher Union

David Markle from Japan Probe picks up the Nova (English school) financial crisis issue and discusses the need for teachers to join union.

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