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April, 2009

Stories from April, 2009

Russia: Teen Curfew; Police Officer's Shooting Spree

President Dmitry Medvedev approved changes to children's rights law, allowing regional authorities to bar unaccompanied minors under the age of 18 from public places from 10 PM to 6 AM....

India: TEDIndia Fellows program

The TED Conference is now accepting applications for 100 TEDIndia Fellows to participate in the TEDIndia Conference in Mysore, India. Approximately 75% of the Fellows will represent the South Asian...

Caribbean: Funding the Fight against HIV

Both Abeng News Magazine and Repeating Islands note that “Caribbean governments have been urged to provide financial support for the Regional Coordinating Mechanism of the Pan Caribbean Partnership Against HIV...

Caribbean: Keeping Track of Swine Flu

As concerns over the Swine Flu outbreak continue to mount, Caribbean bloggers are educating themselves, just in case...

Cayman Islands: Same Old

“This election has the potential to again be nothing more than ousting current politicians who do very little and replacing them with politicians who are entirely incapable of bringing their...

Liberians Are Talking, Are You Listening?

"Liberia's national image has been defined by parachute foreign correspondents for nearly its entire history, since it was first founded as an independent republic by freed Black slaves from the...

Azerbaijan: Last day of April

Sheki, Azerbaijan comments on today's massacre of at least 13 students at a university in Baku and says that the end of April will now live on in the collective...

Bangladesh: Value Achievements Not The Ancestry

Citing the example of Dr. Atiur Rahman, the newly appointed governor of the central Bank of Bangladesh who made a life out of nothing, Shada Kalo urges Bangladeshis to stop...

India: Not On The Voter List

“There are many I know who won’t be able to vote because their name is not on the electoral rolls”, wrote Rajesh Jain in his blog. Later during the day...

Bhutan: Flood Threat

Tshering Tobgay reports that the river Gotu-chu, a tributary of the Pho-chu river had swollen which could trigger a possible flood downstream along the Pho-chu and Punasang-chu rivers in Bhutan....

Sri Lanka: Living In Fear

Indi.ca sheds a light on the lives of Tamils in Colombo as some of them are living in fear of being arrested for questioning without prior charges. The bloggers comments:...

India: The Maoists-Naxalites And The Threat To Democracy

On 16th of April, 2009, just as the Indian elections began, the Maoists attacked police and poll booths in Latehar district of the eastern state of Jharkhand in India. Words...

China: The Beijing Consensus

Few are calling China's overseas investment strategy a Consensus comparable to the Washinton/IMF model, so how then best to describe it? Tom Orlik at China Translated explores a few alternate...

Kuwait: Swine Flu Blues

While election related stories are dominating Kuwait's Arabic-language blogs, this week the Swine Flu seems to be the pet topic of the English-language blogosphere. Amer Al-Hilal has the story.

Morocco: Praising Al Jazeera

Cinema and Movies praises Al Jazeera for its excellent documentary on Ahmed el Marzouki, a former prisoner in Tazmamart, and the author of the memoir Tazmamart: Cellule 10.

Kyrgyzstan: Elections and Ethnic Tensions

Elena tells who will be the single presidential candidate from the opposition in Kyrgyzstan and reports on the inter-ethnic conflict in the country.

Kazkahstan: Major bank admits default

Zara writes an update on entry of the state in BTA Bank. “The subsequent shift in ownership have eventually led to aggravation of the situation around the country’s largest private...

Kazakhstan: Internet Regulation Amendments

Adam analyzes possible outcomes of the law on internet regulation, which is currently passed through the lower chamber of Kazakh Parliament.

Kazakhstan: Expansion of the Uranium Industry

Joshua Foust reports that Kazakhstan is aggressively internationalizing its uranium industry by opening new mines, establishing high-profile international partnerships and lobbying for the global uranium fuel bank.

Uzbekistan: $67, a price for heroism

Musafirbek informs from Uzbekistan that the country's president decreed to award veterans of WWII with a one-time pension of $67.

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