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16 February 2011

Stories from 16 February 2011

Russia: Photos From Coal Miners’ Towns in Perm Region

Alexander Belenkiy (LJ user macos) posts photos (RUS) taken in the neglected – but not yet fully deserted – coal miners’ towns in Perm region, where the first mine appeared...

Bahrain: Safe Day for Protesters

It was a safe day for protesters in Bahrain today, with the police forces staying at bay, and allowing the protests to go unhampered. The day marks a total change...

Russia: Recreating a Traditional Village Hospital

Mikhail Shlyapnikov (LJ user michael-077) writes in detail (RUS) about plans to set up a communal village hospital – old-style, but functional – in Kolionovo, Moscow region: “This, perhaps, is...

Bhutan: Amend The Tobacco Control Act

Tshering Tobgay calls all the concerned Bhutanese citizens to lead a movement to amend the draconian Tobacco Control Act, which can penalize 23 year old Sonam Tshering, a jail-term for...

Croatia: Google Flees Red Tape

Viktor Markovic/@Belgrade reports: “Google fled Croatia because of red tape http://www.croatiantimes.com/index.php?id=17021.”

Bhutan: Arrested Development And Obsession With Tobacco Law

I am Drukpa is irked by the fact that Bhutan is obsessed with the newly introduced tobacco ban law and is ignoring the other facets of development.

Cuba: Cyberwar? Video Sparks Debate, Anger, Skepticism

A video posted February 1st on Vimeo features a 52-minute presentation on new information technologies and a “ciberguerra” allegedly being waged on Cuba by the United States government and US-based...

Caucasus: The Vagina Monologues

Georgia On My Mind provides its readers with a comprehensive review of The Vagina Monologues held earlier this week in Tbilisi, the Georgian capital. Controversial as it was bound to...

Bolivia: 10 Reasons Why You Should Visit La Paz

In Citizen of La Paz [es], Luis Ramos lists 10 reasons why you should visit La Paz, Bolivia, including: its nightlife, its surroundings, El Alto, Lake Titicaca, and more.

Colombia: Interview with director of English magazine “La Arepa”

Albeiro Rodas from Colombia Passport interviewed Robin Finley, director of La Arepa –an English print magazine that can also be found online, on Twitter and on Facebook.

Mexico: Journalist Carmen Aristegui to Return to MVS Radio

Aguachile reports: “In a joint communique, MVS Radio and Carmen Aristegui announced that the journalist will be back at the radio station the coming Jan. 21″ and wonders “if we'll...

Macedonia: Reactions to Kale Incident and Hate Speech

After Sunday's mass fighting between ethnic Macedonian and ethnic Albanian groups on Skopje Fortress - Kale, social media frequented by inhabitants of Macedonia buzzed with hate speech and reactions to...

Azerbaijan: The Sinner and The Saint

As irreverent as ever, Scary Azeri comments on Azerbaijan's entry into this year's Eurovision Song Contest. Contrasting the angelic look of the male singer with the seductive maturer attributes of...

Malawi: Muza Gondwe: Malawian Science Blogger

Meet Muza Gondwe, a female science blogger from Malawi who talks to our author, Victor Kaonga, about her science blog, Afrisciheroes.

Uganda: Follow Uganda elections on Twitter

As Ugandans are getting ready for presidential and parliamentary elections, follow election related tweets here.

Cuba: Dissidents Arrested?

Babalu is concerned about two missing Cuban dissidents; Uncommon Sense re-posts the message, saying: “I'm afraid we will see a lot of this in coming days, with next week's one-year...

Trinidad & Tobago: “Arima” in Kiddies Carnival

“Arima — which means both ‘place of the beginning’ and ‘water’ — is an indigenous Amerindian place name for what is now a large town in eastern Trinidad”: Alice Yard...

Guyana: Mashramani Festival

“On February 23, people from the ten regions of Guyana converge on the country’s capital to participate in the grand, massive carnival-like event, with costumed bands and a float parade”:...

Trinidad & Tobago: Same Sex Marriage

Lisa Allen-Agostini thinks “it’s great that we have begun to think about the question of same-sex marriage in Trinidad and Tobago…[but] we have a long way to go–legally as well...

Bahrain: Pro-Government, Pro-King Voices Emerge

As the third day of protests in Bahrain continues this Wednesday 16 February, 2011, numerous voices have stepped up to show support for King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa and the...

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