Stories from 18 December 2007
Russia: 1996 Attack on Red Cross in Chechnya
De Rebus Antiquis Et Novis writes about the 1996 murder of the International Committee of the Red Cross personnel in Chechnya.
Soviet History: 1963 Race Rally
De Rebus Antiquis Et Novis writes about a little-known 1963 rally in Moscow's Red Square, when 500 African students rallied against racial discrimination, following the death of a Ghanian fellow student.
Ukraine: PM Tymoshenko
Ukrainiana writes about today's vote for Yulia Tymoshenko as prime minister – a “completely public vote,” notes Orange Ukraine – and lists the new ministers in her cabinet. Foreign Notes explains the new defense minister's reluctance to vote for Tymoshenko – and points out Tymoshenko's “dilemma”: “If she is elected...
Ukraine: More Work From Olechko
Olechko posts two more of her beautiful 2007 paintings.
Syria: Friend Kidnapped in Saudi Arabia
Syrian Kinan Jarjous, who lives in Dubai, narrates to us hos his friend was kidnapped and robbed in Saudi Arabia.
Egypt: Lesbian Film
“(A) new Egyptian film by the director Khaled Yousef has a Lesbian character in it. There is even rumor of a kiss…” writes Amal, from Palestine. “Before anyone gets too excited about the new age of liberalism in Egyptian cinema, the leaks indicate that the lesbian character is an evil...
Kuwait: Good Morning
From Kuwait, Fonzy has had a good morning – and here's the photograph as proof.
Armenia: Protest Highlights Blogging
The Armenian Observer comments on yesterday's protest by four Armenian bloggers against a Days of Azerbaijan event hosted at a local school in Yerevan, the Armenian capital. The blog says the protest “brought massive media attention to the understanding of blogging […] as a form of civil activity in Armenia.”
Thailand: First Hand Account of Voting
The New Mandla blog has a first person account of voting in the ongoing Thai elections.
Cambodia: Cakes in Celebration
Borin is trying to figure out the significance of blowing the candles on a cake with respect to Cambodian weddings.
Thailand: Disadvantages of Being a Eurasian Kid
Pisnau reminisces childhood days and lists the disadvantages of being a kid with mixed ethnicity.
Singapore: Social Media and Our Penchant for Perversity
“In the age of social media, one particular trend seem to stand out more so than others. And that is our penchant for perversity” writes Walter Lim.
Mozambique: Fighting AIDS with information
gotaelbr [pt] publishes some information, a video and educational links about AIDS, the most challenging disease to plague African countries. “Are we ready for this fight?”
Angola: Police mistakenly kills actors
Orlando Castro [pt] reports that two actors were killed by the police yesterday in Luanda, capital of Angola. They were rehearsing a robbery shoot.
Sri Lanka: Peace Process
transcurrents.com on the mistakes in peace making initiatives in Sri Lanka.
India: Women and Islam
Indian Muslims on Islam, women and the Quran.
Peru: Sculptures of Amazon Indigenous Groups
Juan Arellano of Globalizado [es] posts pictures and explanations of a series of sculptures depicting Amazon indigenous groups during his recent trip to Iquitos.
India: Death of two students
Two Indian PhD students are shot dead at Louisiana State University. Sepia Mutiny has more.
Kenya: Bank Review 2007
Bankelele's Kenya Bank Review '07: “The low end of the banking sector showed little growth in loans or deposits – bank sizes are stagnant.”
The Battle of Polokwane and the Future of South Africa
The ANC's 52nd National Conference in Polokwane, South Africa has entered its third day. The voting for the hotly contested ANC presidency and other leadership positions has ended. The results, which will most definitely determine the future president of South Africa, are expected to be announced later on today. South African bloggers have not been silent about this historic conference of the South African ruling party.
Trinidad & Tobago: Technology as Marketing Tool
KnowProSE.com has definite ideas about what he wants the Internet to reflect in the coming year: “I want it to be about the individuals who are using technology to get themselves seen.”