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3 February 2009

Stories from 3 February 2009

Russia: “More Journalists Than Participants”

  3 February 2009

Window on Eurasia writes: “More than 100,000 Russians took part in demonstrations over the weekend for and against Moscow’s economic policies, but in the case of most of these actions – except those organized by the pro-government party ‘United Russia,’ there were, in the words of one observer, ‘more journalists...

Russia: The New Patriarch

  3 February 2009

Anna Ershova writes about Russia's new Patriarch: “In a little under two decades, Russia went from officially avoiding religion to having a religious leader who has his own TV show.”

Pakistan: Queer Culture

  3 February 2009

“Internet, lies, hiding and partying will not give anything to gays of Pakistan. They have to enter a political struggle. Sooner or later,” writes Shaheryar Ali at Pak Tea House while discussing the LGBT movement in Pakistan.

India: Saying No To Chawla

  3 February 2009

Seriously Sandeep has voiced disapproval of Navin Chawla, a Commissioner in the Election Commission of India. Read here for details.

Sri Lanka: Shelling at A Sri Lanka Hospital

  3 February 2009

Three separate artillery attacks struck a hospital in Northern Sri Lanka killing nine people and injuring many more. Ramblings of A Mind condemns the attacks on the hospital. Chitrangi discusses who could be behind this.

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Antarctica: Latin Americans Blog from the Coldest Place on Earth

  3 February 2009

The frigid surroundings of Antarctica may be the last place one would think to find bloggers. However, a handful of Latin Americans have become interested in sharing their experiences traveling or working on this desolate continent. Some even write directly from Antarctica, posting photos and videos, to help readers feel what it is like to be so far away from home. This is part 1 in a 2-part series.

Trinidad & Tobago: Traditional ‘Mas

  3 February 2009

Trinidad-based Caribbean Free Radio‘s most recent podcast “takes us to Belmont, a community rich in carnival history…for a chat about the ups and downs of making traditional, hand-crafted mas’ in an age of mass production.”

Trinidad & Tobago: Singing the Blues

  3 February 2009

Even as Attillah Springer suffers from the pedestrian blues on a rainy Monday in Port of Spain, she still manages to notice when “the clouds part to reveal a weak, bleak patch of blue.”

Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago: The Million Dollar Question

  3 February 2009

From Barbados, BC Pires asks the question that may be on many people's minds following the failure of two large Trinidad-based companies: “How much of his own money did the respective jefes of the HCU and CL Financial put in to save their companies?”

Trinidad & Tobago: Dear Mr. Hart

  3 February 2009

This Beach Called Life writes an open letter to Calder Hart, the man at the center of the Commission of Enquiry into the Trinidad and Tobago construction sector.

Jamaica: Learning from Black History

  3 February 2009

As Jamaican blogger Stunner recognizes Black History Month, he says that “not just people of the black ethnic group, but everyone…can learn from these pages of history.”

Jamaica: Hunger Strike

  3 February 2009

“I've come to believe more and more strongly that all or each of us has to take more and more radical steps to contribute to changing what we all agree is a completely untenable situation in almost all our countries”: Jamaica-based Annie Paul joined in yesterday's worldwide fast to draw...

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