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27 April 2009

Stories from 27 April 2009

Ukraine: Art Exhibits; Kyiv Pics

IZO writes about some of Kyiv's current art exhibitions, and posts a few random pictures from the streets of the Ukrainian capital: “The place is rich in facture, people don't...

Russia, Ukraine: Swine Flu Prevention

Short updates on anti-swine flu measures taken in Russia and Ukraine – at IZO: here, here, here, here, here, and here.

Macedonia: Celebrating Sakura Becomes a Tradition

Sakura, the annual celebration of cherry blossoms through display of elements of Japanese culture, took place in Skopje, Macedonia, this weekend: somewhat later than last year, because the organizers did...

Brazil: Fly me to the moon with public money

Another scandal has taken the Brazilian blogosphere by storm – it has come to light that public money is being used to fund holidays abroad for parliament members and their...

Qatar: Video of Unpaid Workers Sparks Debate

The harsh realities facing migrant workers in Qatar was at the centre of a discussion on Qatar Living after an Al Jazeera English report highlighted their plight recently. The video...

Palestine: Reading Anna in the Middle East

Palestinian-American Sarah, at Reflections of a Cultural Mutt, attends the book signing of Anna Baltzer, the author of Anna in the Middle East and shares her reflections: “It was such...

Pakistan: Death Penalty Mandatory for Blasphemy

KO blog reports that according to a new law in Pakistan penal code, death penalty is now mandatory for blasphemy convicts.

Israel: No Swine Flu

Times Online religion correspondent Ruth Gledhill calls for help from Jewish readers on why the swine flu cannot be named after the non-kosher meat in Israel here.

Mapping the Arab Blogopshere

Meedan announces that data expert Will Ward is “heading to Copenhagen’s New Islamic Public Sphere programme for a couple of weeks as a Meedan representative. The idea is to share...

Sri Lanka: Provincial Council Election Results

Lanka Libertarian posts updates of the results of the elections of the Western Provincial Council in Sri Lanka.

Morocco: Al Quds Al Arabi's 20th Anniversary

From Morocco, Cinema and Movies marks the 20th birthday of Arabic language newspaper Al Quds Al Arabi. “In my country, it is sad to hear from time to time that...

Lebanon: Billboard Marriage Proposal

Lilane, from Lebanon, draws our attention to a billboard which contains a marriage proposal: ‘While driving on the highway towards Antelias from Jal el Dib, just near Antelias bridge on...

Cuba: Strike of the Period?

Cuba's ration market for feminine hygiene products is not always reliable, prompting Generation Y to envision “a ‘Strike of the Period,’ a massive protest marked by the ovulation cycle.”

India: Why Vote For Congress?

Harini Calamur at the Point Of View gives logic why she is voting for the Congress Party in the Indian Elections 2009.

Haiti, U.S.A.: TPS for Haitians

jmc strategies reports that ” the New York City Council adopted…a resolution urging Congress to pass legislation granting Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Haitian nationals in the United States.”

Bangladesh: Ramakrishna Temple in Dhaka

MysticSaint at Inspirations and Creative Thoughts visited the Ramakrishna Temple of Dhaka and wrote about Sri Sri Ramakrishna (February 18, 1836 – August 16, 1886), a remarkable mystic saint of...

Trinidad & Tobago: Re-engineering

“In Trinidad and Tobago engineers and scientist are not encouraged to build and innovate”: This Beach Called Life explains.

Jamaica: Gas Tax

“I've come to the conclusion that there is some irrational link between the price of gas in Jamaica and public tolerance levels”: Annie Paul thinks that the imposition of the...

Guyana: Taking Root

‘If you can have a tree growing in you, what kind of tree you would want?” Guyana-Gyal poses an interesting question.

South Africa: UnFreedom Day in South Africa

Sokari writes about Fredom Day in South Africa: Today is Freedom Day in South Africa. However for many in SA the notion of freedom is as illusive as ever as...

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