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27 March 2011

Stories from 27 March 2011

Madagascar: Reactions to the New Members of the Government

Blogger Thierry Andriamirado listed the names of all the members of the newly formed government in Madagascar [fr] as it was announced on national radio.  Political blogger Ndimby provides an...

Russia, Japan: Sakhalin Residents’ and Chernobyl Survivors’ Reactions to Fukushima

Ksenya Semenova writes on OpenDemocracy.net about the reactions of Sakhalin residents to the situation in Japan: “I have some friends in Japan […]. From their relations and from the internet...

Russia: Tribute to SOVA's Galina Kozhevnikova

At OpenDemocracy.net, Andreas Umland pays tribute to Galina Kozhevnikova, the deputy director of the “SOVA” NGO and a prominent researcher of Russia's extreme right-wing movements, who died earlier this month:...

Hungary: Childhood Memories of the Holocaust in Pécs

Eva S. Balogh of Hungarian Spectrum shares her memories of the summer of 1944 in Pécs, when the city's Jewish population – and most of her neighbors and kindergarten classmates...

Russia: BBC Russian Service's Last Broadcast

Christya Riedel writes on Foreign Policy Association's Russia blog that on March 26, “the BBC Russian Service ceased its radio broadcasts after 65 years on the air because of drastic...

Macedonia: Critique of Video for Eurosong 2011 Entry

Karro compares [MKD] the video (but not the song) of the Macedonian entry for this year's Eurovision festival, “The Russian Girl” by Vlatko Ilievski, to the video of “The Only...

Libya: Citizen Reporting from the Battlefield

Videos continue to seep out from war-torn Libya as protesters battle Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's forces in a bid to overthrow his 42-year-old regime. Here is a selection of the latest...

Algeria: “Facebookers’ Rally” Commemorating the Anniversary of Cease-fire Prohibited

A rally instigated by anonymous Facebook users [ fr] to commemorate the 49th anniversary of the  March 19, 1962 cease-fire in Algeria did not take place. The demonstration calling for...

Japan: Relief Tweets for Refugee Parents

As the situation at the nuclear plant Fukushima Daiichi remains unstable and the government warns about the high levels of radioactive iodine and cesium in vegetables and tap water, infants'...

Brazil: More Poetry, Less Money

Following the discussion on The Cost of Financing Culture in Brazil, blogger Paulo Rená introduces [pt] a new project – “More Poetry, Less Money” (@maispoesia) – where “any person can...

Georgia: Men in Black

Scary Azeri comments on photographs taken by Global Voices’ Caucasus editor at last week's Novruz celebrations held by the local ethnic Azeri community in Marneuli, Georgia. The blog is particularly...

Côte d'Ivoire: Where Are the African Personalities When They Are Needed?

A few months ago,  Marième Jamme asked Bono and Bob Geldof to take less prominent roles as speakers for Africa in the media and leave space for Africans to speak for...

Why Bangladesh?

Jyoti Rahman at Kafila discusses the idea, nationalism and the events that led to the independence of Bangladesh 40 years ago.

Ukraine: Reasons for Targeting Ex-President Kuchma

LEvko of Foreign Notes explains possible reasons – here and here – for targeting Ukraine's ex-president Leonid Kuchma, against whom a criminal investigation has recently been opened on suspicion of...

Russia: Heroin Epidemic; Attitude to Sex

Posts about heroin epidemic and attitudes to sex in Russia – at OpenDemocracy.net.

Russia: Voina Art Collective

At OpenDemocracy.net, writes about the Voina art collective (RUS: @free_voina; ENG: @free_voina_en) and “explains how their controversial methods have made it difficult to mobilise support.” Kevin Rothrock (@agoodtreaty) re-posts a...

Ukraine: Lukyanivka Pre-Trial Detention Facility

Journalist Kristina Berdinskikh writes (RUS) at her Korrespondent.net blog about Kyiv's pre-trial detention facility SIZO #13/Lukyanivka: the conditions (general capacity is 2,800 detainees, the actual number is around 4,000; cells...

Spanish-Speaking Bloggers React to Earthquake in Japan

The 8.9 magnitude earthquake which shook Japan on March 11th has provoked reactions from Spanish-speaking bloggers from all over the world. After reviewing news of various disasters around the world...

Jordan: One Death and Some Loss of Hope

Friday night marked the violent defeat of protests that began on March 24 (#March24) in Amman, Jordan. By the end of Friday, one man had died, Khairi Jameel AlSaad, 55,...

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