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5 November 2009

Stories from 5 November 2009

Ukraine: Ruslana and Science Fiction

Science Fiction Observer writes about a science fiction dimension of Ukrainian singer Ruslana's 2007 album.

Ukraine: New Documentary on Holodomor

Nash Holos writes about Yury Luhovy's new documentary on the Ukrainian famine of 1932-33.

CEE: “20 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall” – a Poll

Foreign Policy Association's Russia blog writes about the results of a Pew Research Center's poll on poverty, wealth and attitudes in Central and Eastern Europe “20 years after the fall...

Russia, U.S.: Abramovich Pays $47,221 for Dinner

A discussion of Roman Abramovich's $47,221 dinner tab from a NYC restaurant – at Eternal Remont.

Russia: Drug Abuse and Alcoholism

OpenDemocracy.net writes about Russia's drug abuse problems. The NYTimes’ The Lede and Eternal Remont write about the Russian government's attempts to fight alcoholism.

Iran: Green Movement defies regime again

Iran's Green Movement opposition organized mass street protests on the 4th of November that were were met with a violent crackdown by security forces. As has come to be expected,...

Somalia: Introducing a network of Somali journalists and bloggers

The Somali Media Centre is a forum of Somali journalists and bloggers living in Somalia and outside. The Centre distributes news content and publishes blogs written by journalists.

Trinidad & Tobago: Silicon Reality

Taran Rampersad debunks “the Myth of a T&T Silicon Valley.”

St. Vincent & the Grenadines: Referendum Predictions

With 20 days to go to the Constitutional Referendum, Vincentian Life says: “It looks like Vincyland’s turned totally upside-down! A foreigner has predicted a tsunami, a local bishop has predicted...

Venezuela: Interacting with the Works of Artist Jesus Soto

The works of late Venezuelan artist Jesús Soto are meant to be experienced through touch and immersion. Some who have visited his works in museums have documented this firsthand experience.

Syria: Magazine Suspends Work in Protest of Censorship

Man of Paper reports [ar] on his blog that Shabablek, a Syrian magazine, has suspended all work indefinitely in protest of the pervasive censorship from the side of the Syrian...

Morocco: Here Comes the Sun

Morocco has announced this week the launch of a solar energy project, with an estimated cost of $9 billion, aiming at raising the share of renewable sources in the country's...

Trinidad & Tobago: Traffic Solutions

Alien in the Caribbean has a few suggestions to ease Trinidad's traffic woes.

Cuba: Blogging Prejudice

Late one night, a Cuban taxi driver stops for Yoani Sanchez because of the colour of her skin, but when he learns that she's a blogger, his unease reveals another...

Cuba: Gays Arrested

As six Cuban homosexuals are reportedly arrested, Uncommon Sense says: “their real ‘crime’ — like that committed by all Cubans, gay or straight, labeled as ‘pre-criminal social dangers’ — is...

Africa: Africa's melting pot

Marvin writes about Afripot, an African-focused news site: “She is now introducing Africa’s melting pot – Afripot. I am already boiling in there and I hope to see you there...

Kenya: Are you Chikuyu or Ruo?

“Are you Chikuyu or Ruo?,” asks Proud Kikuyu Woman: “Lakini [lakini means “but” in Swahili] the one that initially used to surprise me is when I tell someone I’m Kenyan...

Africa: Catwalk for Africa 2009 is on

Ladybrille blogs about Catwalk for Africa 2009: “After the stunning success of the Miami edition, Catwalk for Africa 2009 is officially on. A bigger show, a spectacular venue, top-notch entertainment,...

Africa: An African tech list on twitter

Erik writes about a list he has created for African tech on twitter: “A lot of people are on Twitter these days. So many, it seems that you can be...

Japan: Licolita-style activism

Martin J Frid from Kurashi blogs about an unique activism style in Akihabara, Tokyo. In those event, activists will dress as maid and perform in the street the idea of...

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