Stories from 14 October 2009
LJ user ssmirnoff posts a selection of photos and video (RUS) from the funeral of Russian mafia boss Vyacheslav Ivankov (aka Yaponchik), which took place on Oct. 13 in Moscow.
Asylum in Bardak – Africans in Russia reports that Joachim Crima (a Guinea-Bissau native aka “Russian Obama”) did not get elected to the post of district chief or to the local parliament of the Srednyaya Akhtuba district in Volgorgad region.
LJ user avmalgin posts footage from and writes this (RUS) about the rally against voter fraud in Moscow, following the governing party's victory in local election: “On Pushkin Sq., it turns out, someone was going to protest against something. Naive people. It's like coming out of the theater and holding...
Following last year's Caucasus Bar Camp in Tbilisi, Georgia, came this week's New Media Forum. It also gave Global Voices Online's Caucasus Editor the opportunity to interview three of the country's most prominent and prolific new media advocates.
Diaspora blogger Uncommon Sense highlights a list compiled by Cuban human rights activists that identifies 307 existing political prisoners: “The list…is not meant to be inclusive, but it does provide a general idea of the scope of repression on the island…”
PaSsu Diary is irked by the organized preaching of new religions in Bhutan which can distort the tolerant culture in the country.
Inspired by a speech from the Chairman of the Trinidad and Tobago chapter of Transparency International, Corruption-free Anguilla is concerned that “fair play, transparency, and accountability will continue to be unknown in the Anguillian public sector construction sector.”
Bahama Pundit‘s Larry Smith takes a look at the problem of homelessness in New Providence: “Resettlement support alone will not be enough to help these people back into mainstream society.”
Reflecting on the crime situation, Trinidad artist Marlon Darbeau examines how “a simple sheet of copybook size page with lines that when folded makes a hand gun” – fellow blogger Tattoo comments: “That which is innocent and weak, seeks something else, but ends up being a paper gun. ”
“Barbados’ debt woes continue to weigh on its international credit rating”: Living in Barbados and Barbados Free Press blog about the most recent downgrade.
From Jamaica, Annie Paul posts a list of “videos, blogs and articles I find totally worth recommending.”
Rumi at Unheard Voice questions the need of the “father of the nation’s family members security act, 2009″, which was recently passed in Bangladesh parliament. This bill provides lifelong special forces security for the family members of the incumbent prime minister of Bangladesh.
Ben Piven at World Focus interviewed Aruna Kashyap, researcher for the Women’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch and the writer of the report on maternal health care in India titled “No Tally Of The Anguish“. In this interview Aruna discusses why the maternal mortality in India is still exceptionally...
Renowned Indian Blogger Kiruba Shankar has launched an initiative called the ‘TED Fellows project’. The plan is to assign 15 Indian bloggers to interview the TED India Fellows with a view to know them better as there is not much information available on them. Kiruba posts his first interview –...
The Kerry Luger bill is a non military aid package for five years granted to Pakistan by USA. The stringent and dictating conditions along with this bill have instigated a lot of debate in Pakistan and agitated its bloggers as well.
Through Vientiane Daily Photos, we get to see a photo of a shop in Vientiane selling ‘house for spirits’ products.
Flood victims in Laos are in need of rice, household utensils, clothes, medicines and makeshift houses, according to the government. Typhoon Ketsana hit Laos last month which caused flooding in the southern part of the country.
East Timor Law and Justice Bulletin blogs about the situation of homosexuals in East Timor and the lack of efforts to address the needs of HIV-positive people.
CP-Union has put up a disaster interactive map to monitor the extent of damage caused by the recent flooding in the northern part of the Philippines
Twitter user Noel Colina underscores the potential and limitation of new media sites like twitter and facebook during the onslaught of typhoons Ketsana and Parma in the Philippines.
C.A Yeung from Under the Jacaranda Tree blogs about the collective resignation incident at Caijing Magazine, the finance publication in China.