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16 November 2010

Stories from 16 November 2010

Serbia: Time of the Gypsies, a “Punk Opera”

Emir Kusturica’s “Time of the Gypsies” – now, a “punk opera” playing in Belgrade (more about it – at Bill's Blog).

Japan: In memory of a courageous prosecutor

Journalist and yakuza expert Jake Adelstein pays his last respects [en] to Toshiro Igari [ja], a prosecutor who was found dead in Manila (Philippines) in August. Igari-san was the author...

Russia: Pro-Kremlin Youth Movement's Programm Resembles Nazi

Bloggers compare the programme of pro-Kremlin youth movement “Stal” (Steel) with Goebbels‘ “Ten National-Socialist Commandments.” The programme of the local branch of the movement includes such slogans as “Russia's enemies...

Russia: Vkontakte Social Network Recognized by RIAA as a Pirate Website

Torrentfreak writes about the recent inclusion of Vkontakte, Russia's most popular social network, to RIAA's “Notorious Markets Review.” Site's “functionality is specifically designed to enable members to upload music and video...

Zambia: Politician jailed for assaulting journalists

A Zambia ruling Movement for Multi-party Democracy (MMD) politician has been jailed for assaulting journalists who had gone to cover President Rupiah Banda at the Lusaka International Airport last July....

Russia: Pictures of Eid al-Adha Holiday in Moscow

Bloggers Drugoi [RUS] and Ottenki_serogo [RUS] share photos from the Qurban Bayram (Eid al-Adha) religious holiday. After Moscow accepted tens of thousands of guest workers from Central Asia, Muslim holidays...

Bolivia: When ancestors return, celebrating the ñatitas

Each year on November 8, Bolivians celebrate the festivity of the ñatitas. The ñatitas are little skulls that are taken from homes to the main cemetery of the Bolivian capital,...

Uganda: Being Gay and HIV Positive

Being gay and HIV positive in Uganda: “Double closeted, that is what my gay friends who are positive have to be. They cannot tell members of our community that they...

Somalia: The Ethiopian Factor

Mogadishu Man's analysis of the Ethiopian factor in Somalis politics: “The Ethiopian regime presents itself as though it had been tirelessly working to restore peace and stability to the troubled...

Haiti: Cholera & Protests

Mediahacker reports on the cholera outbreak in Haiti and anti-UN protests that have ensued as a result.

Jamaica: Call to End Discrimination

Globewriter takes interest in a Jamaican mainstream media article, which calls for an end to discrimination against blacks and gays: “Even having the column published is astounding. I am not...

Cuba: Before & After

Translating Cuba blogs about the two most over-used words in the country, adding: “There is a third reality that belies the stubborn reality: both Before and After contain everything.”

Trinidad & Tobago: Interview with Cozier

Artzpub interviews artist Christopher Cozier about his involvement in The Global Africa Project at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York.

Cuba: Prisoners Still in Jail

Sin Evasion says of the missed deadline to release the remaining prisoners of conscience: “Once again, the government has proven that it doesn’t know how to honor its commitments.”

Russia: Anti-Corruption Blogger Claims Officials Stole 4 Billion Dollars

Alexey Navalny‘s website navalny.ru is down after publishing materials on Transneft, Russian oil pipeline operator. The compromising materials claiming that top officials were involved in stealing over 4 billion dollars...

Japan: Inspired by Tokyo's Yamanote Line

An introduction to personal photography projects that were inspired by Tokyo's Yamanote train line.

China: Shanghai fire claims 53, local coverage criticised

53 lives were claimed and 43 others remain missing as a result of the tragic fire that ripped through a high-rise apartment block in Shanghai yesterday afternoon. The 28-storey building...

Slovakia: Netizens Discuss Chinese Highway Construction Offer

The Slovak minister of transport is reluctant to let the Chinese companies, which offer extremely low prices, enter Slovakia's highway construction market. Tibor Blazko reviews the Slovak netizens' reactions.

Australia: Same-Sex Marriage a Step Closer?

Australia’s parliament is currently debating a private members bill about gay marriage. This one is not to change the law, merely to consult with the public about the issue. Many...

Brazil: Eradicating the Indigenous Guarani Kaiowa

Guarani still represent one of the most numerous indigenous people in Brazil, though they are profoundly affected by the loss of almost all their land in the last century. In...

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