Stories from 1 June 2009
After weeks of wrangling among political parties in Nepal, veteran Communist leader and former general secretary of Nepal communist party (United Marxist and Leninist) (CPN UML) Madhav Kumar Nepal was "selected" as Nepal's prime minister. Mr. Nepal's job, especially at this point, brings a heavy baggage of problems-some of which could potentially torpedo his government.
Chernobyl and Eastern Europe posts a video of an abandoned village in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.
Michelle Knisley of Greetings from Kyiv posts pictures from the celebration of Kyiv Days in the Ukrainian capital.
A Pakistani shines in Hollywood – CHUP! – Changing Up Pakistan discusses “the casting of Pakistani actor Faran Tahir as Captain Robau in the recent box office hit Star Trek.”
The Uncataloged Museum posts observations on Ukraine and Ukrainian museums – here, here, here, and here.
Drago of La Boca de Drago [es] provides homage to HB, the Panamanian beer celebrating its 75th anniversary.
Rashmi Bansal at Youth Curry discusses about the recent attacks on Indian students in Australia.
Beautiful photos of Crimea, Ukraine – by Oleksa Haivoronsky, a Crimean historian, writer and employee of the Bakhchisaray Khan Palace Museum.
All Things Pakistan introduces Shabina Mustafa's The Garage School. “She is waging a struggle against the forces of anarchy with her deep love and caring for the children of domestic workers from her neighborhood. And she is winning.”
As fewer and fewer newspapers commit enough resources, time and manpower to produce in-depth investigative reports, many citizen media enthusiasts seem to suggest that citizen journalists can step in to fill the gap. Do citizen journalists hold the key to the future of in-depth investigative journalism? Perhaps.
Bahrain's first Tweetup is scheduled to be held on June 6, from 4 to 6pm local time. It will be an opportunity for social networking Twitter users to meet face to face.
“Tensions along the Haitian-Dominican border often revolve around environmental issues,” writes Repeating Islands, adding: “This was once again the scenario…as violence erupted in northwestern Dominican Republic after authorities destroyed plots planted with fruits and vegetables by Haitians on Dominican protected land.”
Litblogger Geoffrey Philp recounts his experience at Jamaica's recently-concluded Calabash Literary Festival, while Trinidadian Sharon Millar offers some insight into the Maroons of Jamaica.
Trinidad and Tobago bloggers are unimpressed with the President's address to the nation over the Integrity Commission fiasco.
“This is not the first time I’ve heard that MSN Messenger is blocked for Cuban users,” writes Generation Y, revealing: “Now the prohibition comes from the other side, precisely on the part of those who built a program that helps us escape government control.”
Jamaica Salt is “interested in looking at the whole system of justice in Jamaica – or rather the lack of it.”
Artist Gabriela Golder from Argentina has taken it upon herself to discover, record and collect lullabies from all over the world, and to find connections among them in the Arrorró project. Rising Voices director David Sasaki wrote about the project on the 80+1 website, where he interviewed Gabriela on camera, and got authors and editors for Global Voices involved by inspiring many to record themselves singing the lullabies they remembered from their childhood.
Dubai Jazz, a Syrian blogger who lives and works in Dubai, attends a local wedding reception and shares his ‘delicious’ experience in this post.
Kuwaiti blogger ZDisrict visited Amman, Jordan, and shares his impressions in this post.
revedafrique, during a trip home to his village in Togo, was disappointed by the democratic spirit of the youth: “Some still believe, for example, that criticizing the government's policies can land you in prison” [Fr]
Nigar [RU]] and Jja_verner [RU] report that Yana Kandova, chairwoman of the Baku Club of Science Fiction Authors and herself a blogger, has passed away at the age of 30 from heart disease. Her works can be accessed online here [RU].