Stories from 3 June 2009
Russia, U.S.: “Pravda on the Potomac”
The latest review of the Washington Post's Russia coverage – “Pravda on the Potomac” – at The Ivanov Report.
Ukraine, Turkey: Sex Tourism
The Turkish Invasion writes about Turkish sex tourism (aka “morale tour for business partners”) in Ukraine.
Ukrainiana explains “the master plan about to be implemented by opposition leader Viktor Yanukovych (PRU) and Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko (BYuT)”: “Imagine Obama and McCain had chosen not to run. Imagine that, instead, they had agreed to rewrite the Constitution and appoint each other president and vice president, respectively. Imagine,...
Russia: Blog Roundups
The latest Russia Blog Roundup and the latest New Russia Blog review – at Siberian Light.
Bangladesh: LGBT News
Tanvir Alim at LGBTI Bangladesh blog, a source of information about the LGBT scene in Bangladesh, writes about the observation of the International day against Homophobia and Trans phobia in the capital Dhaka.
Sri Lanka: More Journalists Harassed
Chitrangi informs that the Sri Lankan police arrested and interrogated another journalist who provided the initial information about journalist Poddala Jayantha’s abduction.
Iran:Nieman Foundation Reports on Election
Several journalists write in Nieman Reports about the challenges they and bloggers confront in gathering and distributing news and information about Iran and its people.
South Africa: Tag cloud of Zuma's first State of the Nation speech
SentientBeing creates a tag cloud of South Africa's president first State of the Nation address: “If you, like me, lack both the time and the inclination to read through and decipher the speech, have a look at the tag cloud we've created of the entire address using Wordle. The full...
Kenya: Distilling water from volcanic steam vents
A story about harvesting water from volcanic steam vents: “A unique water harvesting method has been devised in the drought ridden crater of Mt. Suswa, which is dotted with continuously puffing scorching steam vents.”
Iran:Presidential election debates
Amin Sabeti, Iran based blogger, reports on Friend Feed about Iranian presidential election debates minute by minute.
India: First Female Speaker Of Parliament
Aparajita reports that senior Congress leader Meira Kumar created history today by taking oath as India’s first female speaker of the Lok Sabha. This election proves that: “women are becoming more powerful day by day. Instead of being dominated by others they are going to dominate the country in the...
Sri Lanka: Politics of Humanitarianism
Darini Rajasingham Senanayake at Groundviews discusses the aid game and the politics of humanitarianism is Sri Lanka's context.
Palestine: The Future Of Gaza?
A foreign NGO worker in Gaza writing at The Ugliest Faces of Humanity tells us what many Gazans think their fate will be: “The moment Egypt opens up the border, over 40% of the population will leave, and only Hamas members will remain. Then Israel will launch another more aggressive...
Palestine: Israeli Soldiers Hand Children to Settlers
Joy, a member of the Christian Peacemaker Teams in the West Bank, describes the most horrifying situation she says she has witnessed: “Three boys were taken by the Israeli army and handed over to a group of masked settlers who insulted and beat them.”
Rwanda: Kagame buys copies of Dead Aid for entire cabinet
The president of Rwanda seems to like a new book by Dambisa Moyo, Dead Aid: “Kagame bought copies of Dead Aid for his entire cabinet. Do Kenyan cabinet members even read (lets not get into the President)?”
Flash developer extraodonaire Takayuki Fukatsu has set up JActionScripters, a group blog that covers the Japanese Flash scene in English. “More than 20 Japanese flash coders share the blog/ You will be junkie for this crazy Japanese Flash news”
Swaziland: Prominent Human Rights Lawyer Arrested
Prominent human rights lawyer in Swaziland has been arrested: “Proving that Mswati can give Mugabe a run for his money, prominent Swazi human rights lawyer, Thulani Maseko has been arrested and detained. Initially, charged under the Suppression of Terrorism Act, which at least would have provided an opportunity to challenge...
Tanzanian blogger faces jail term over manipulated photographic images
The Nairobi Chronicle reports that a Tanzanian blogger faces jail after publishing manipulated photographic images depicting Tanzania’s President Jakaya Kikwete engaging in lewd sex acts.
Bolivia: Farewell to Aymara Hip Hop Artist Abraham Bojorquez
The sudden death of Bolivian hip-hop artist Abraham Bojorquez was especially hard on residents of El Alto, the city from which he hailed. A victim of a traffic accident, Bojorquez left behind many fans around the world, but also left behind a legacy of lyrics that reflected on the struggles and the hopes of a young city that has been through so much. Many Bolivian bloggers shared their condolences.
Japan: Akira Kurosawa Digital Archive
Johnny at Spoon & Tamago excitedly introduces a digital archive of film director Akira Kurosasawa from Ryukoku University: “Consisting of over 20,000 photographs, manuscripts, notes and other artifacts, this is easily the most extensive database of memorabilia related to the director and his work, as well as a fascinating look...
Trinidad & Tobago: Having Fun
“There are little things I do, or don’t do, which make me feel better about myself. I hope doing these things would lead to happiness, fun, and less traffic”: Trinidad and Toabgo's This Beach Called Life explains.