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23 November 2009

Stories from 23 November 2009

Macedonia: Singing Skopjans

An ad hoc choir "Singing Skopjans" performs civic activism through songs, using social media to spread their message.

Brazil: Capoeira on the big screen

“It was high time capoeira were represented in the big screen in all its glory”, says Regina Scharf. She talks about a just released movie about the Afro-Brazilian martial art/dance....

Russia: Anti-fascists Mourn Murder of Activist Killed By Neo-Nazis

Hundreds of young anti-fascists gathered in the center of Moscow. They mourned the murder of Ivan Khutorskoy, an activist of “Antifa,” Russian anti-fascist movement. A blogger chtodelat claims [ENG] it's...

Sri Lanka: The ‘Dear 16 Year Old’ Meme

London, Lanka & Drums started a blog meme which went like this: “write a post, a letter to your sixteen year old self and tag two people”. The blog has...

Pakistan: Join The Force

Pakistan is fighting a war against the Talibans and the security situation has deteriorated in the cities. Faisal Kapadia at Deadpan Thoughts comments on the role of the general citizens:...

India: Wither The Thoughts Of Mumbai Attack?

Indian author and veteran journalist M. J. Akbar thinks that India has lost the plot on taking action against the Mumbai terror attacks and warns that: “Amnesia is an invitation...

Kazkahstan: Astana Cycling Team Is Back to Life

KZBlog's post is about some good news about the cycling team Astana after losing two premier cyclists and a long period of doubt over funding.

Colombia: The Tradition of Arepas in the Afternoon

In Colombia, the time between 3 and 6 pm is usually reserved for coffee or hot chocolate along with the typical arepa or other baked goods. This has become a...

Kyrgyzstan: Prices for utilies are skyrocketing

Aravanski reports that the Kyrgyz government sharply increased the prices for electricity and heating, making those barely affordable by most citizens.

Turkmenistan: Influenzastan

Has Turkmenistan come down with a bad case of the swine flu? Annasoltan investigates that in a series of post on Turkmen healthcare.

Uzbekistan: Presidential daughter's self-promotion

Musafirbek writes about a charity gala-concert, held with the support of UNICEF, attended not only by singer Cesaria Evora and soccer player Samuel Eto’o, but also by some bloggers, who...

Afghanistan: US opens new prison

Nick Fielding reports that the US military unveiled a new $60 million prison at Bagram airbase, north of the Afghanistan capital Kabul, saying it would provide detainees with better conditions...

Afghanistan: Counting the cost of war

Nick Fielding reviews “The Cost of War: Afghan Experiences of Conflict 1978-2009″, a report by nine NGOs working in Afghanistan analyzing 30 years of war and a devastating impact they...

Broadband In India: Ideas

Rajesh Jain at Emergic publishes a multi-part series on the state and potential of broadband in India – emphasizing on ideas and solutions regarding devices, pipes, services and Business models

Japanese concepts through images and videos

Lee at Tokyo Times defines the Japanese notions of wabi-sabi through photographs while the Through Eyes From Afar blog posts some videos to explain the concept of tsundere and yandere.

Mongolia: Edurelief project “Laptops for Teachers”

Radigan Neuhalfen writes about new program “Laptops for Teachers”, aimed at promotion of education in Mongolia.

Bangladesh: A Remarkable Export Performance

J. Rahman at Mukti narrates about a remarkable export performance of Bangladesh this year: “A year after Lehman, while most Asian exports were still 15-20% lower, our exports were 5%...

Afghanistan: UK tends to quit

Dafydd talks about the slump of the Afghan campaign's popularity among the British public, media and officials – ahead of upcoming elections in the United Kingdom.

Uzbekistan: Authorities Free Sanjar Umarov

Noah Tucker reports that Sanjar Umarov, one of the most famous political prisoner in Uzbekistan, earlier charged with tax evasion and embezzlement after founding an opposition party in 2005, has...

Kyrgyzstan: A power play beginning?

Steven_Schwerbel reviews the developments on the opposition side of the Kyrgyzstan's political field, where the major opposition party blamed the president for violation of constitution and unlawful seizure of power...

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