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5 February 2009

Stories from 5 February 2009

Russia: Maria Segeeva

  5 February 2009

Scraps of Moscow writes about Maria Sergeeva, a United Russia's youth wing activist: “She sort of has elements of a Russian Sarah Palin – spunky and down-to-earth, but also self-contradictory and determinedly dim-witted, and not really ready for prime time.”

Ukraine: MV Faina is Free

  5 February 2009

Eternal Remont reports on the release of the MV Faina crew by the pirates, “a deep discount” on the ransom paid – and the future of the ship's cargo: “T-72s and assorted weapons” to be delivered to “Sudan, er, ‘Kenya.’ Shipping weapons to Sudan would violate the U.N. arms embargo....

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Malaysia: War on Dengue and Chikungunya

  5 February 2009

The Malaysian government has launched a dengue awareness campaign in response to the rising number of dengue cases. Aside from dengue, there is another virus which is spreading in several Malaysian states: Chikungunya.

Latvia: Hard Times

  5 February 2009

BBC's Mark Mardell writes about the political and economic situation in Latvia: “These are hard times for many Lativans, but they will probably get much harder.”

Armenia: Environmental Destruction

  5 February 2009

Vladimir Azriyan, an Armenian participant in DOTCOM, comments on visiting a photo exhibition in Yerevan on environmental destruction. The teenage blogger particularly decries the destruction of Armenia's forests while another DOTCOM blogger, 15-year-old Nare, says that all of the Armenian participants attended.

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Global Health: Obama Lifts “Global Gag Rule”

  5 February 2009

In his first week in office, U.S. President Barack Obama lifted a policy popularly known as the “Global Gag Rule.” The move is being applauded by women's rights and public health groups, as it will reinstate funding to international family planning programs globally. The policy, also known as the Mexico...

Top Ranked Blogs in Africa

  5 February 2009

If you are following African blogs, you might be interested to know the top ranked blogs in the African blogosphere. Through Afrigator’s ranking system we are able to know the top ranked blogs in Africa as well as the most read blogs. Afrigator, which is an African blog aggregator, also has a list of top 45 African female bloggers.

Haiti: Baie d'Orange

  5 February 2009

“Living in Haiti brings me face to face with the most urgent and painful result of our environmental crisis: the death of children and the elderly in a village where environmental degradation has led to poverty and starvation”: Konbit Pou Ayiti takes a trip to Baie d’Orange.

Barbados: Stimulating the Economy?

  5 February 2009

“The impact of the global crisis is beginning to take root in Barbados as pre-bookings promising tourist dollars for the treasury dwindle”: Barbados Underground wonders when the government will announce an economic stimulus package.

Bermuda: Good Governance?

  5 February 2009

Vexed Bermoothes thinks that “as the heat is poured onto ‘offshore tax havens’, Bermuda can differentiate itself by improving our ‘good governance’ in the public sector.”

Martinique: The last masters of the islands?

  5 February 2009

As the two-week-long-protest in Guadeloupe continues, the other French Overseas Departments of America - French Guiana and Martinique - are thinking about their own contribution to this deep thinking and massive mobilization. In the midst of this brainstorming, the French-encrypted and sometimes trouble-making channel, Canal+ is seasoning up the debate with a sizzling hot documentary about the tight relationships between certain ethnic groups and economic domination on the French island of Martinique. The Martinican blogosphere, naturally, has been buzzing...

Algeria: CIA Chief A “Serial Rapist”

  5 February 2009

“That the CIA Station Chief in Algiers is a serial rapist will do serious damage to  American prestige in that country. When this story hits the Algerian press, one can expect fire and anger,” writes American-Algerian blogger The Moor Next Door.

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