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5 October 2011

Stories from 5 October 2011

Colombia: Expouniversidad 2011 in Medellín

The University of Antioquia and Colciencias (Administrative Department of Science, Technology and Innovation) [es], together with other organizations, have opened the sixth version [es] of Expouniversidad 2011 [es] (Sep.29 to...

India: The Advent Of $45 Tablet PCs

Aakash, the world's cheapest Tablet PC ($45), has been launched in India, reports Anupam Saxena. The government plans to distribute 10 million tablet PCs to post-secondary students in India.

Russia: Links to Vasily Grossman's Works and Other Resources

The Faculty Of Useless Knowledge writes about Vasily Grossman's novel Life and Fate, which has recently been dramatized for BBC Radio 4. Sarah J. Young posts a selection of links...

Pakistan: Why Balochistan is Burning?

Zain Khattak at Chowrangi explains that the intolerance and disturbance in Balochistan are the result of non-democratic attitudes towards the province.

Ukraine: Interview With Author Vasyl Shklyar

Brian Spadora‘s RFE/RL interview with the Ukrainian novelist Vasyl Shklyar – who “has attracted a lot of attention in Ukraine this year both for his bestselling novel, Black Raven, as...

Sri Lanka: Media Silenced

Sunanda Deshapriya reports that the police in Moratuwa forced a video cameraman from a private television station to erase a video recording of people protesting the death of a suspect...

Ukraine: Anti- and Pro-Tymoshenko Camps on Khreshchatyk

Alexander Motyl of Ukraine's Orange Blues writes about the pro- and anti-Yulia Tymoshenko camps thathave for months occupied the block near the court where the ex-PM is being tried. According...

Pakistan: The Militant Heroes

Malik Siraj Akbar reports that the widely read Urdu newspapers in Pakistan are repeatedly glorifying Punjab governor Salman Taseer’s murder and are depicting the murderer, who has been sentenced to...

Ukraine: “Tension is Growing”

Foreign Notes reviews Ukraine's relationship with Gazprom prior to Yulia Tymoshenko's 2009 deal (“for which she may be jailed for seven years”); quotes economist and politician Oleksandra Kuzhel on the...

Russia: State-Funded Blogging School Opens in Chelyabinsk

Svetlana Gladkova of Profy comments on the launch of the first public blogging school in Chelyabinsk, Russia: “This state-funded not-for-profit nature of the school is particularly interesting because it looks...

Brazil: Digital Storytelling from a Squatted Building in Sao Paulo

Ipiranga 895 [pt] is the address of a squatter settlement [pt] in a São Paulo building that was occupied for less than two months, from October 3, 2010, until the...

Ethiopia: People As Tourist Attraction

When people become a tourist attraction: “When my girlfriend and I decided to go there [South Omo, Ethiopia] in the first place it wasn’t just because we are expecting to...

Sudan: Concern Grows About Detained Sudanese Writer

Concern grows about detained Sudanese writer and activist: “There’s been no word of Abdelmoniem Rahma, a poet and political activist, since he was arrested a month ago. Rahma was close...

Ethiopia: Personal Tribute to Veteran Actor and Political Activist

Prof. Mesfin Wolde-Mariam pays a personal tribute to Debebe Eshetu, a veteran actor and political activist, who was imprisoned a month ago on charges of ties to terrorism: “His onetime...

Ethiopia: Miss Ethiopia Website Launched

Miss Ethiopia website launched, Arefe reports: “A new Miss Ethiopia website providing all the latest official information on the upcoming Miss Ethiopia 2011 beauty pageant was launched recently.”

Malawi: Who Murdered Robert Chasowa?

Mabvuto Jobani says that Malawian police know the people who were involved in the death of Robert Chasowa – a fourth year engineering student at the university of Malawi: “Two...

Bahrain: 15 Year Jail Sentences for Medics Who Treated Protesters

Bahrain has sentenced several doctors to 5-15 years in prison, accusing them of a range of crimes including stockpiling weapons at the country's main hospital - charges the doctors and...

Cuba, Jamaica: “Them is Russians Too”

“The totalitarian regime in Cuba seeks to rewrite its past to give the appearance of being relevant and ‘with it'”: Notes from the Cuban Exile Quarter uses an upcoming homage...

Jamaica: A Proud Black History

It's Black History Month in the UK and Kei Miller turns on its head “those tired statements of black pride – how, for instance, we are the sons and daughters...

Brazil: Mobilization on Twitter Takes Down Pedophile Blog

Following wide mobilization in social media, Brazilian netizens managed to take down a pedophile blog in a matter of hours after the first alert was made on Twitter, on the...

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