27 March 2008

Stories from 27 March 2008

Russia: Xenophobia in Moscow

  27 March 2008

Moscow Through Brown Eyes posts a short update on hate crime in Moscow; Window on Eurasia writes about a graffiti campaign launched by the Movement Against Illegal Immigration (DPNI) in Moscow “in order to call attention to the strength of the group and to intimidate its opponents, migrant workers and...

Armenia: Eurovision Betting Odds

  27 March 2008

Heckler Spray takes an albeit irreverent look at Armenia's entry in this year's Eurovision Song Contest. Nevertheless, the blog says that the song by local singer Sirusho is one of the favorites to win the competition usually ridiculed in Europe but taken very seriously indeed by new competitors from the...

Armenia: Brandy Shootout

  27 March 2008

Halfway down the Danube hosts a shootout to determine whether Wisconsin's Korbel brandy is better than one of its Armenian counterparts. Its hard to tell which won through in the end, but at least the blogger enjoyed both and doesn't appear too inebriated.

Angola: The fight is worthwhile

  27 March 2008

“Today I chatted for two hours with Anthony Alberto Neto, president of the Angolan Democratic Party (PDA). At a time when more and more Angolans in the diaspora (including me) will wonder whether it is worth continuing to fight, if it is worth believing in Angola, I found a man...

Guyana: Baccoo

  27 March 2008

Guyana-Gyal says that “bandits is the new baccoo” – one of the most feared creatures in Guyanese folklore.

India: Right Wing and Films

  27 March 2008

La Dolce Vita takes a closer look at Geert Wilders, a Dutch right wing parliamentarian who is in the news for making an anti-Islam film.

Pakistan: On Dictatorship

  27 March 2008

All Things Pakistan on the idea of democracies that don't quite live up to their promise, and the alternative – a dictatorship.

Bangladesh: Remembering a genocide

  27 March 2008

The 3rd World View and Mash write about an online initiative called the Bangladesh Genocide Archive – an attempt to document various testimonies, memories and articles of the events of 1971.

Cuba: Verifying Blocked Websites

  27 March 2008

Yoaní Sanchez of Generación Y [es] in Cuba details which blog and websites are currently being blocked within the island after verifying this fact at a local cybercafe.

Seychelles: Wind of change in the police force

  27 March 2008

CUHNELBALD writes about the wind of change and the Seychelles police: “Enhancing the efficiency, professionalism and performance of the Police will not be achieved on the sole declaration of good intentions from good –sounding speeches.”

Zimbabwe: Using Google Maps to show election rigging

  27 March 2008

Sokwanele uses Google Map to show election rigging in Zimbabwe: “The interactive map aims to give a visual impression of the scale and many ways in which the Zimbabwean government has breached the SADC Principles and Guidelines Governing Democratic Elections.”

Nigeria: Website for Obama

  27 March 2008

David Ajao's comments about the launching of a website for Obama in Nigeria: I regularly glance through the leading Nigerian Internet-based discussion forum Nairaland, to keep an eye on the current trends in Nigeria. Knowing the typical lack of a sense of priority of some Nigerian leaders, I wasn’t very...

Seychelles: Embassy Blog

  27 March 2008

Official blog of the Seychelles embassy: “This is the official blog of the Seychelles Embassy accredited to the European Communities and institutions, and the Benelux countries with residence in Brussels.”