Stories from 14 April 2008
Poland: Krakow; Warsaw
Polandian compares Krakow‘s past with its present; the beatroot writes about a survey that found Warsaw the third most boring city of Europe.
Serbia: New Belgrade
“New Belgrade” – regarded by many “as a giant sleeping dorm” – turns 60, Belgrade 2.0 reports and posts some pictures and video.
Serbia, Kosovo: War Reporting
From the Frontline posts a story of how a cell phone and a roll of Deutschmarks saved a reporter's life in the village of Prekaz, Kosovo.
Russia: Grozny Photos
Six photos from Grozny, Chechnya, by LJ user remetalk (award-winning photographer Sergei Maximishin, www.maximishin.com.
Russia, Kazakhstan: Baikonur
Russia may “decamp” from Baikonur, “the Russian Cape Canaveral,” The Lede (the New York Times) reports.
Online Obama campaign splits Ethiopian bloggers
Diaspora Ethiopians have been flexing their political muscles in the U.S., organising websites, rallies and email campaigns to persuade their compatriots to support Barack Obama's presidential run. Many Ethiopians bloggers rallied to the cause, pledging cash and votes for the Democratic candidate whose father came from Kenya, a country that neighbours Ethiopia. But others raised questions about the campaign, asking whether it was right to expect Ethiopian-Americans to vote en masse for any candidate.
Sea turtle conservation in Republic of Congo
Congopages writes about local efforts to protect endangered sea turtles [Fr].
Mugabe criticized because he endangered White interests
In a commentary at Babilown (Fr), Eloi Goutchili compares Robert Mugabe and Paul Biya, president of Cameroon for over 25 years, concluding that only real difference between them is the way they are treated in the Western press: “..the Western press, so harsh when it comes to a Mugabe and...
Indonesia Lifts Ban on YouTube
Indonesia has lifted the ban on Youtube.com. Internet service providers “would only block access to pages carrying the film by Geert Wilders” The vice chairman of the Indonesian Internet Providers Association said.
India: Bride's side
of this and that on the heavy weight of patriarchy that forces the families of brides to foot the wedding bills and more.
India: Nizam of Hyderabad
HelloJi on the Nizam of Hyderabad in India who made it to the Forbes’ All Time Wealthiest list.
Nepal: Elections and after
The elections are over, and the results are out – but the political play has just about started. More at Nepali Netbook.
Bangladesh: Trade unions and the industry
imperfect world 2008 on the suspension of trade union rights and if it's affected the garment industry.
Haiti: PM Fired in No Confidence Vote
Both Upping The Anti and Bajan Global Report blog about the Haitian parliament passing a vote of no confidence against Prime Minister Jacques-Edouard Alexis, while Dying in Haiti posts a first-hand account by Frandy in Carrefour about the past week's events.
Colombia: Affects of the “Frozen” Free-Trade Agreement
Liberal Colombiano [es] provides some thoughts on what the US Democrats could lose by “freezing” the Free Trade Agreement with Colombia and what Colombians could miss out on because of this.
Bahamas: For Shame?
“Have we in the Bahamas become so insensitive and so lacking in shame that there is not a public outcry about this prescription for socio-economic disaster?” Sidney Sweeting at WeblogBahamas.com blogs about teenage pregnancy.
Trinidad & Tobago: Walking Around Town
Trindadian blogger Andre Bagoo and his trusty camera go for a morning walk around Port of Spain – flickr photoset here.
Barbados: Thoughts on Zimbabwe
“I have been struggling for a couple of weeks over how to express my feelings about the current non-outcome from Zimbabwe's presidential elections”: Living in Barbados finally blogs about it.
Barbados: Keith Barker Passes
Barbados Free Press acknowledges the passing of a “cricket legend”.
Jamaica: Telephone Pole
How many guys does it take to fix a broken telephone pole? Montego Bay Day By Day knows…
Jamaica, China: Carrying the Torch
“For many Chinese nationals, this Olympics is an event about hope–hope that China will become a better country not just economically, but as a nation progressing in all ways”: Blogging from Jamaica, ComPromise explains why she would “proudly carry the Olympic torch.”