13 January 2009

Stories from 13 January 2009

Russia faces rapid unemployment growth

  13 January 2009

Sean's Russia Blog reports on how unemployment in Russia is rapidly rising, which the government e.g. deals with by increasing the number of policemen, apparently to preserve public order, as the number of Russians prepared to participate in protests increase.

Guinea: Civil society is key

  13 January 2009

Black Star Journal reviews and analyses the latest developments in Guinea. He concludes: “With the former opposition political parties impotent and incoherent, an organized and assertive civil society might be the difference between a military junta that keeps its promise to cede power via democratic elections this year and one...

DR Congo: A musical roundup

  13 January 2009

With so much bad news coming from the Democratic Republic of Congo lately, we decided to show a different perspective on the country and looking at a completely different type of blogs for a change - those highlighting Congolese music.

Arab World: Phoning Gaza and the Tech War on Israel

  13 January 2009

Bloggers are calling upon their readers to pick up the phone - and call the residents of Gaza to show them support. At the other end of the spectrum, Palestinian activists are urging their readers to call Israeli officials - and waste their time, as well as bombard their faxes with mail and their email inboxes with messages. Amira Al Hussaini reports from the front lines of this tech war.

Algeria's Gas Supplies to Europe

  13 January 2009

Algeria's plans to increase gas supplies to Europe is “surely an expression of Algerians’ desire to distance themselves from Russia’s aggressive attempts to cut supply,” notes Algerian blogger The Moor Next Door.

Egypt: North American News on Gaza

  13 January 2009

“When something happens like the recent Israeli demolition of Gaza, the North American news is not the place that I look to for information, since my experience is that it will not be reasonable coverage,” writes blogger Maryanna Stroud Gabbani, who lives in Egypt.

DR Congo: ICC trial for Bemba?

  13 January 2009

Bana Congo [Fr] and Wronging Rights report that Jean-Pierre Bemba‘s confirmation of charges hearing began at the International Criminal Court on January 12. Bemba is alleged to be criminally responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the Central African Republic (CAR) between October 25, 2002 and March...

China: Global Media Market

  13 January 2009

Zhongnaihai quoted from South China Morning Post and discussed the Chinese government's plan to invest 45 billion yuan (about 5 billion U.S) on media that target on global audience.

Trinidad & Tobago, Haiti: War Zone

  13 January 2009

“I imagine the people of Gaza must feel reassured that so many thousands of people around the world have taken to their streets demanding an end to the madness”: Attillah Springer joins a London demonstration, even as she laments that is it “too ridiculous to imagine that Trinidadians will ever...

Trinidad & Tobago: Tragedy at Sea

  13 January 2009

Trinidadian diaspora blogger Further Thoughts is a relative of the two researchers whose bodies were recovered at sea after an incident this past weekend: “I am so thankful for the outpouring of support. I always felt that those simple words – ‘I’m sorry’, or ‘my condolences’ meant so little, were...

Two-year old toddler in solitary confinement in a Zimbabwe prison

  13 January 2009

Two year old Nigel Mutemagau is being kept in solitary confinement in Zimbabwe’s most notorious prison with his parents and other abducted activists such as Zimbabwe Peace Project director Jestina Mukoko. A petition has been launched for the release of the minor, who seems to have been beaten while in prison and needs medical attention.

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