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12 March 2009

Stories from 12 March 2009

Russia: “Diary of an Uzbek Gastarbeiter”

At Sean's Russia Blog, a discussion of “Diary of an Uzbek Gastarbeiter” – “a harrowing story of an Uzbek migrant named Shukhrat Berdyev, 48, experience as a migrant laborer in...

Russia: Bloggers and Dissidents

Window on Eurasia writes: “Russian bloggers, many Moscow commentators have suggested, are today’s version of the dissidents of Brezhnev’s time. But on the occasion of Internet Free Speech Day, one...

Russia: Prosecution's Bias in Politkovskaya Murder Trial

Window on Eurasia writes about a blog item (RUS) on the Politkovskaya murder trial posted by journalist Vadim Rechkalov (LJ user voinodel) on his blog at Moskovsky Komsomolets, a Russian...

Estonia: Mart Laar's Plan

AnTyx writes about Mart Laar's “ten-point plan to fix the economy and, in particular, the unemployment situation in Estonia.”

Croatia: LGBT

Croatian Crescent writes about LGBT rights in Croatia.

Pakistan: What Is The Long March?

Action for a Progressive Pakistan shares some background of the ongoing ‘Long March’ of the lawyers movement in Pakistan.

Arab World: Culture, Culture Everywhere

Across the Gulf various cultural festivals and literary events have been taking place in recent weeks, and in this post we hear from some of the region's bloggers who have...

Pakistan: Long March and Uncertainty

Adil Najam at All Things Pakistan comments on the current political crisis in Pakistan: “It seems that nothing much ever changes in Pakistan politics. Except, maybe, to get progressively worse.”

India: The Third Front

A number of political parties in India have announced a third front to offer an alternative to the ruling Congress party and the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Modern Indian...

Bangladesh: YouTube Ban and Freedom Of Speech

After the recent unbanning of YouTube and other file sharing sites in Bangladesh Conversations With An Optimist comments that: “I hope this incident shouldn’t become just a flash in the...

Qatar: The Job Interview

Qatari blogger Aisha describes her experience at a job interview – where she was offered the job, turned it down, then changed her mind.

Medical checklist reduces surgical deaths

Le Pangolin [Fr] writes about a surgery checklist piloted in hospitals in 8 countries, including the United States and Tanzania.  Studies show the checklist, designed by American doctor Atul Gawande,...

Cote d'Ivoire: Celebrated Filmmaker Dies

Pauline writes about the death of the Ivorian filmmaker, Desiré Ecaré.

Brazil: On the Vatican's condemnation of raped-child's abortion

A 9-year-old girl several times raped and made pregnant by her stepfather was guaranteed the right to have an abortion legally in Brazil. After the operation, the Roman Catholic Church...

Angola: Where is clean water?

Nina, blogging from Luanda, discusses the problem of access to clean water in Angola.

Ecuador: Quality Control of the Media

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa has had a rough relationship with the media and journalists in that country. A local newspaper claimed that the government was preparing a new law that...

Uganda: Lack of electricity leads to more babies!

Does lack of electricity lead to more sex, which leads to more babies? This is what the Uganda Planning Minister seems to suggest.

Kenya: The Big Language Dilemma For Kenyan Poet Bloggers

Kenyan poets, unlike artists, find it easier to write and perform in English as opposed to any other language. This would be closely attributed to what language enables them express...

Puerto Rico: Limited Thinking

Is Puerto Rico poor? Gil the Jenius has his say.

Haiti: Responding with Love

“Who is to blame? To me that is an irrelevant question. The question should be, how can I respond with love?”: The Livesay [Haiti] Weblog is shocked by “how ignorant...

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