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19 March 2010

Stories from 19 March 2010

Russia: “Battle for Khimki Forest”

A detailed account of the ongoing “battle for Khimki Forest” – by Yevgeniya Chirikova at “The plan to construct a section of the new Moscow-St.Petersburg motorway through the legally-protected...

Ukraine: Crimean Tatar Leader Addresses European Parliament

Links related to the March 17 European Parliament hearing with Mustafa Dzhemilev, former Soviet dissident and Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People: Dzhemilev's speech (.pdf file); an...

Russia: Andrei Loshak's Text on Corruption

Andrei Loshak's much-discussed text about corruption and “the normal functioning of an irrational system” in Russia has been translated into English by (the Russian-language original is at

Bosnia: Gay Dutch Soldiers

Kirk Johnson of Americans For Bosnia reacts to retired NATO commander John Sheehan's homophobic comment on the Dutch troops’ performance in Bosnia in 1995: “Regarding the Srebrenica Genocide; there are...

Maldives: Extremist Blogger

Yaamyn talks about an extremist blogger who has issued death threats to a number of people including another blogger and the first lady of the Maldives.

Sri Lanka: Fonseka And UNP

Indrajit Samarajiva at reacts to the recent news that the Sri Lankan opposition alliance is abandoning their candidate Mr. Sarath Fonseka, because he is in jail now.

Bangladesh: Extra-judicial Killing

Jerome at Bangladesh, Canada And Beyond writes about the extrajudicial killings which are a blot on Bangladesh.

Armenia: Women

Emily Haas’ Armenian Experience, a blog by a Peace Corps Volunteer (PCV) in the former Soviet republic, post photographs and an insight into the lives of women in Armenia. The...

Africa: How not to give money to charities in Africa

How not to give money to charities in Africa: “Do not watch TV images of Africa and feel only pity: starvation, war, HIV-AIDS etc…, Do not give money to Africa...

Malawi: Does Malawi need 4 mobile operators?

Clement wonders whether Malawi needs four mobile phone operators as the government launches an international tender for a fourth mobile phone operator.

Plural+ Video Festival for Youth under 25

Plural+ is once again calling for entries for their Youth Video Festival on Migrant issues, asking youth worldwide to send in their videos discussing identity, diversity, integration, human rights and...

South Africa: We Want What's Ours

“We Want What’s Ours” is a documentary film in progress on the complications of land reform in South Africa.

Sudan: Conflicting views on Sudan from US officials

Gregory Simpkins discusses conflicting views on Sudan policy from the Obama Administration.

Africa: CAF 2010 Awards was an embarrassment

Thomas Kwenaite reviews the 2010 Confederation of African Football Awards: “Last week, I watched in utter embarrassment as none of the finalists in the Caf awards turned up for the...

Mali: Fabric weaves an economical and cultural support

Through videos, we see and learn about the cultural importance and economical boost that working with fabric is giving some people and organizations in Mali. Women's groups, artists and tourism...

Dominican Republic: Construction of University in Haiti

The government of the Dominican Republic announced that it will construct a university in neighboring Haiti for 10,000 students, writes Duarte 101 [es].

Guatemala: Adoption Bureaucracy

Luis Figueroa of the blog Carpe Diem [es] writes about the amount of bureaucracy involved to approve adoptions in Guatemala.

Cuba: Peace Prize Nominee

Uncommon Sense confirms that Cuban dissident leader Oswaldo Payá has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, saying, “There should be little doubt that if he were to be named...

Barbados, Jamaica: Feeling the “Vybz”

Boyce Voice and B.C. Pires blog about the public outcry surrounding the appearance of Jamaican dancehall performers, Vybz Kartel and Mavado, in Barbados.

Guyana: I & I

Guyana-Gyal has a theory about “how tongues all over the world latch on to the I-Talk.”

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