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5 August 2009

Stories from 5 August 2009

Ukraine: Economy Update

  5 August 2009

Ukrainiana comments on Ukraine's economy: “Ours is an economy that thrives on cheap labor and cheap natural resources. The outcome? Poor living standards. A net population loss of more than 6 million people during the last 18 years.”

Russia: Putin's Youth Militia?

  5 August 2009

A Step At A Time reports that “the Kremlin-led youth group, Nashi, decided to establish bands of militia consisting of disadvantaged youngsters armed with stun guns. Under the plan, hundreds of thousands of Putin’s young stormtroopers would patrol Russia’s streets and have the right to check people’s IDs.”

Bangladesh: Helping The Hijras

  5 August 2009

Husain Amer writes in The Bideshis about a small group called Hijras (transvestites and transsexuals) who are shunned from the conservative Bangladeshi society. A support group runs three learning centers for them where they also get free STD and HIV education and testing.

Nepal: OLPC And Primary School Curriculum

  5 August 2009

Daniel Drake is working in Nepal to help the local One Laptop per Child implementation and writes about his experiences in his blog: “one of the things you learn early on is that this deployment is very much focused on content for the Nepali primary school curriculum.”

India: The Free Education Bill

  5 August 2009

The Indian parliament has approved a bill guaranteeing free education for children aged between six and 14. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly discusses the background and the historical importance of this bill as the right to education is a fundamental right guarded by the Indian constitution.

Trinidad & Tobago: Movie-Making

  5 August 2009

“Trinidad and Tobago has many things going for it as an ideal location for making movies apart from rebates and government bureaucracy”: This Beach Called Life lists the twin island republic's unique selling points – and a few of the movies that were made there.

Bahamas: The Public's Right To Know

  5 August 2009

“The debate over the port relocation, the harbour dredging and the future of Saunders Beach gradually ratcheted into a controversy and has now turned into a raucous political brawl,” writes Bahama Pundit‘s Larry Smith, who insists that “the people are entitled to information about what our government is doing or...

Barbados: Slow Speeds

  5 August 2009

After considerable testing, Barbados Free Press concludes that “both broadband and dial-up access to [the blog's] website is being ‘throttled’ on a rotating basis by Barbados-based Internet providers.”

Bermuda: Challenging the Status Quo

  5 August 2009

“Why is it that when it comes down to that final vote Bermudians get scared and stick with the status quo?”: 21 Square examines the island's political climate, while Bermuda Jewel wonders if white Bermudians are politically irrelevant.

Jamaica: Doping Hearings

  5 August 2009

Girl With a Purpose learns that the doping hearing of the Jamaican athletes whose urine samples tested positive for a banned substance “ended prematurely”, while confirms that the track and fielders will be missing the upcoming World Championships in Berlin.

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