2 February 2010

Stories from 2 February 2010

Armenia-Azerbaijan: Twitter Diplomacy

  2 February 2010

With a peaceful resolution to the conflict over Nagorno Karabakh as elusive as ever, Armenians and Azerbaijanis are unable to visit each other’s country or communicate through traditional means such as telephone or mail. Can new and social media step in to fill the gap to break the information blockade?

Global Voices and Google announce freedom of expression award jury

  2 February 2010

The Breaking Borders Award is a new prize created by Google and Global Voices and supported by Thomson Reuters to honor outstanding web projects initiated by individuals or groups that demonstrate courage, energy and resourcefulness in using the Internet to promote freedom of expression. We are proud to announce our...

Haiti: Marathon Man

  2 February 2010

As Haiti drops from being the lead story in the mainstream media, how can they hear stresses that “what Haiti needs most are those that are ready to run the marathon, not just run the 100 yard sprint.”

Haiti: Measurable Map?

  2 February 2010

The Life and Times of the Mangine Many republishes a map of the damage in Haiti from the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, while The Livesay [Haiti] Weblog wonders “how anything like this can ever be quantified.”

Lithuania: Repeated refinery row?

  2 February 2010

Lituanica reports that the old Mazeikiu oil refinery may be up for sale again, and that Russian interests are among key prospective buyers. In 2006, the sale of Mazeikiu Nafta caused bilateral crisis between Lithuania and Russia.

Haiti: Human Trafficking

  2 February 2010

The Haitian Blogger gives an update on the story of American “missionaries” trying to take children out of Haiti without proper documentation: “A problem in Haiti which is heightened by the catastrophic earthquake is child trafficking. Thankfully, the 10 Missionaries who attempted to move 33 orphans into the Dominican Republic...

Trinidad & Tobago: Shiva's “Fireflies”

  2 February 2010

Repeating Islands reports that “the late Shiva Naipaul, younger brother of V. S. Naipaul, has been put on the long list for the lost Man Booker Prize that seeks to honor books published in 1970.”

Trinidad & Tobago, Haiti: Tough Questions

  2 February 2010

“Our conversation begins and ends with Haiti, but digresses down some of the anxious paths my thoughts seem to trace these days”: Nicholas Laughlin has a chat with Scott McLemee.

Jamaica: Last of the “Drumblairs”

  2 February 2010

Geoffrey Philp acknowledges the passing of Albert Huie, the last survivor of the “Drumblair” group of intellectuals and artists that drove the national movement for Jamaican Independence.

Taiwan: Prison important for education

  2 February 2010

Brennpunkt Taipeh writes about the changes to the Jingmei Detention Centre over the past one and half years. He argues that the place is important for educating Taiwanese people about their history. The Jingmei site was used to detain political prisoners during the White Terror period in Taiwan.

India: The Zero Rupee Note

  2 February 2010

Priyanka Borpujari informs that 5th Pillar, an NGO based in Washington DC and with offices in India in Chennai and Delhi, “has developed zero currency notes that one could print and give to government officers, each time they ask for a bribe.” Fumiko Nagano at World Bank Blog has details.

Nepal: Adventure In Entrepreneurship

  2 February 2010

Sandeep Giri describes how after confronting with energy problem while running a project in Kathmandu led an entrepreneur like him to commit to a solar energy project that provides solar electricity as a viable backup option for urban homes and businesses in Nepal.

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