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11 June 2009

Stories from 11 June 2009

Russia, U.S.: Reactions to WSJ Story on Web-Savvy Homeless

Earlier this month, Russian social networking portal featured photos and some translated text from the May 30 Wall Street Journal piece on the online presence of the U.S. homeless...

Pakistan: Mayhem in Peshawar

Peshawar is the capital of the North-West Frontier Province and the administrative center for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. It is located on the edge of the Khyber...

Central & Eastern Europe: European Parliament Election

Dr. Sean's Diary examines the results of the European Parliament election in Central and Eastern Europe.

Iran: SMS is blocked

Several news site and blogs such as 3vomiband209 report [fa] that a few hours before Iranian presidential election SMS is blocked in country and several political blogs are not available.

Ukraine, UK: Artist Olha Pryymak (aka Olechko)

Little Miss Moi links to a's profile of UK-based Ukrainian artist Olha Pryymak, who blogs at

Russia: “Repatriation of Compatriots”

Window on Eurasia reports: “After three years of effort, Moscow has succeeded in attracting the return of only 8800 of the more than 300,000 “compatriots” abroad whose resettlement in Russia...

Czech Republic: Missouri Family Photo in Grocery Store Ad

Eternal Remont writes about a Missouri family Christmas photo that ended up “as a the centerpiece of an advertizing campaign for a Czech grocery store.”

Russia: Soviet Leaders in Vladimir

Arnis Balcus posts pictures from “a weird private house in Vladimir, Russia – the landlord has installed newly built monuments of all the leaders of USSR, from Lenin to Gorbachev.”

Croatia: Farmers’ Protests

Croatian Crescent writes about farmers’ protests – here and here.

Bosnia & Herzegovina: Ratko Mladic Footage

A reaction to the footage of Ratko Mladic aired on a Bosnian TV station – at Rants of a Hyphenated Researcher: “These highly disturbing videos show the banality of evil:...

Hungary: “Gypsies (Roma): Past and Present”

Hungarian Spectrum writes about the history of Hungary's Gypsy population – here and here.

Iran: Woman activist call for unity

On the eve of the presidential election, Noushin Ahmadi Khorasani urges the country's social movements to unite now, while the world is watching.

Mapping Iran’s Blogosphere on Election Eve

John Kelly and Bruce Etling share their study about Iran's blogosphere and election on the internet and democracy blog. Internet and democracy is the team blog for the internet and...

South Africa: Trailer of the film “Prodigal Son”

Leo Africanus writes posts a video of the movie “Prodigal Son”: The trailer for “Prodigal Son,” a film by Kurt Orderson, a South African director, who sets out to retrace...

Four Hundred Burmese Migrant Workers Arrested in Thailand

Four hundred migrant workers, including their children who were studying in school, were arrested by Thai border guards who also burnt the houses, clothes and kitchen wares of migrants in...

Tanzania: One the road in Tanzania: a videoblog

“On the road: Tanzania” is a videoblog of Marcus Prior, spokesperson for the World Food Programme in East Africa: “Travel with Marcus to Tanzania and see what life is like...

Indonesia: Deteriorating Primary Defense Weapon System

Another Indonesian military helicopter crashed on Monday in Cianjur, West Java, raising concerns among Indonesians regarding the country's deteriorating Primary Defense Weapon System. This issue is fast becoming a favorite...

African photographers, writers and artists find their voice in blogs

As more Africans come to realize the power of blogging as a tool for expression on a global scale, the number of bloggers has increased and so has the themes...

Bahrain: From Blogger to President

Bahraini blogger Mahmood Al Yousif has been elected as president of a local Rotary Club for 2010/2011, where he hopes to raise funds to develop community projects.

Latin America: The Problem of Child Labor – Part II

Child labor is a sad reality in Latin America, and often many residents throughout the region become so used to seeing working children that they don't even realize it. Awareness...

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