Stories from 5 June 2009
Russia: Life in Lipetsk
A letter on the daily life in Lipetsk – at OpenDemocracy.net.
Poland: Fall of Communism Anniversary
the POLSKI blog, the beatroot, and Travels Without My Spaniel write about the 20th anniversary of the collapse of communism in Poland.
Poland: Signs for Tourists
Polandian believes that “[v]isitors to Poland could use a few official warning signs to help them cope”: “Here are twelve signs I would like to see put up at strategic locations around Poland’s tourist spots.”
Poland: “20 Years Later”
Polandian re-visits and photographs locations depicted in Krzysztof Kieślowski’s work.
Macedonia: Facebook Ads Survey
GV Author Filip Stojanovski has surveyed some 450 Facebook users from Macedonia on whether they are clicking on the ads placed on Facebook by Macedonian companies and posted the results of the survey on his blog, Razvigor :-).
Czech Republic: Day Trips from Prague
The Journeys of Captain Oddsocks reviews some of the best day trips from Prague.
Czech Republic: Susan Boyle in Prague
The Czech Daily Word reports that Susan Boyle “will visit Prague in late June/early July to record her album – with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra.”
Czech Republic: Entropa
CzechFolks.com reports that Entropa will be on display in the Czech Republic from June 12 through January 2010.
Bosnia & Herzegovina: Savo Heleta's “Not My Turn to Die”
Greater Surbiton reviews Savo Heleta's “Not My Turn to Die: Memoirs of a Broken Childhood in Bosnia.”
Pakistan: Sania Saeed And The Bloggers
Some Pakistani bloggers (including Global Voices Pakistan Author Sana Saleem) met with renowned theater activist Sania Saeed to talk about her recent play Main Adakara Banun Gi. Read details about this in Jehan Ara's In The Line Of Wire.
Peru: Clashes Break Out in the Amazon Region
The continuing tense situation in the Amazon Region of Peru has taken a turn for the worst with reports of clashes between indigenous protestors and the police. These protests have continued for quite some time, as residents are concerned that the government wants more control of their land for mining and oil exploration. Unofficial reports have deaths occurring on both sides, and bloggers have been following the developments closely with frequent updates on their sites.
Ghana: Speculation, excitement and hopes over Obama's visit
Bloggers around the world speculate about President Obama's choice to visit Ghana first in sub-Saharan Africa. Across the continent Africans have been asking, “Why Ghana?” Many commentators are suggesting that the choice to visit Ghana first is an explicit endorsement of the nation's recent peaceful elections and that the USA values peace and democracy above personal affiliations and more powerful nations.
Kazakhstan: “Statistical Error”, a new corruption scandal
Yesterday the Kazakhstani court sanctioned the arrest of Nurman Bayanov, the Deputy Chairman of the Statistics Agency on charges of misappropriation of the funds, assigned to the national census [ru]: “There was total of $7.6 million allocated for the census. As a result of investigation it was determined that in...
Egypt: Role of Translation in Social Web Projects
George Weyman, from the Meedan blog, continues to discuss the role of translation in social web projects.
Bahrain: Photos from the Museum
Urang Awak, who is based in Bahrain, visits the Bahrain National Museum and posts those photographs of headstones from the ancient Dilmun Era.
Peru: Death Toll Rises From Clashes in Jungle Region
Isabel from Las Burbujas Recargadas [es] is concerned and angry about the recent developments in Peru's northern jungle where the death toll increases from clashes between indigenous communities and the police.
Middle East: Bloggers React to Obama's Address
From being described as the "self-appointed world leader" to questioning his choice of speech venue to choosing to turn a deaf ear to his speech, blogs across the Middle East are reacting to US President Barack Obama's policy speech on the Middle East just delivered in Cairo, Egypt.
Jamaica: High Teen Pregnancy and Sexual Violence Rates
Adolescent pregnancy continues to be a major health problem in Jamaica, with 35 percent of Jamaican women having their first pregnancy by age 19. Most of these pregnancies are not planned. Many of these teenage girls also experience sexual violence.
Syria: FC Barcelona Vs Manchester United
Syrian blogger Abu Fares states his loves and hates, which include football teams FC Barcelona and Manchester United respectively.
Myanmar: 64 Words for Aung San Suu Kyi
Do you want to show support for Myanmar opposition leader and global democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi? A new website was launched where anyone from around the world can leave a 64-word message of solidarity for imprisoned leader Aung San Suu Kyi. The website 64forSuu.org is named as such to mark Suu Kyi’s 64th birthday on June 19.
Syria: Introducing Sockington
Syrian A Jar of Juice discovers the most popular cat on Twitter – Sockington – and shares his discovery.