Stories from 4 March 2014
Kazakhstan: Devaluation, Demonstrations, and Lacy Underwear
"I came out in my last pair of lacy panties, which will be banned in our country as of July 2014."
“Hands Off Russian-Language Press” in Tajikistan
Is Russian-language print media in Tajikistan a "threat" or is it "under threat"?
Venezuelan TV Station Didn't Air Oscars for the First Time in 39 Years
Your oscar speech can help save lives in Venezuela. Speak Up! #OscarsForVenezuela #Oscars2014 #SOSVenezuela pic.twitter.com/38EAZ32mtu — ¿Sabías que? (@sabiastuque_) March 1, 2014 Given the rumors that the Academy Awards Ceremony would include artists’ messages regarding the protests in Venezuela, the event was not aired [es] by Venevisión, the biggest television...
Mexicans Triumph at the Academy Awards
Alfonso Cuarón and “Chivo” Lubezki won big at the 86th Academy Awards.
7 Nepali Women, 7 Summits in 7 Continents, 1 Mission
A group of young Nepali women are creating history in mountaineering. Their mission, to climb the highest peak in each of the seven continents. Five completed, two to go.
Code Pink's Medea Benjamin Brutally Arrested by Egyptian Police
Famous US Peace activist and co-founder of Code Pink Medea Benjamin was detained and violently handcuffed without explanation by the Egyptian police, breaking her arm. She tweets her ordeal.
Video: Distributing Food in Yarmouk Camp-Syria
FAJER PRESS posted a video of the besieged Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus while receiving food parcels to feed the 18,000 remaining residents of the camp, who have been forced to eat stray animals to survive amid critical food shortages. The video is dated December 30, 2013.
VIDEO: A “Waiting House” for Pregnant Women in Peru
In rural Peru, women are encouraged to spend their last weeks of pregnancy in special residential facilities that offer comfort and care. But the waiting is difficult.
The Peruvian Left Weighs in on Venezuelan Protests
The Peruvian left is being challenged in regards to its position on protests in Venezuela. Is it a modern left? Does it support Maduro's government? The answers are not simple.
Singer Rubén Blades and President Maduro Exchange Words Over Venezuela
A recent publication by the popular Panamanian singer-songwriter Rubén Blades on the subject of the protests in Venezuela has given rise to controversy.
The Best in Korean Street Food: From Sweet Pancakes to Live Baby Octopus
From sweet pancakes, to wriggling baby octopus eaten alive, Korean street food has attracted foodies worldwide.
A Chronology of International Violations by Russian Troops in Ukraine
The popular Maidan Translations blog republished a Facebook post by Dmitry Tymchuk, Head of the Ukrainian Center for Military-Political Studies, that describes several alleged international violations and “irregular actions” since late February 2014. Tymchuk begin this run-down by saying: For instance, on February 28, at 8.45 a.m. the flight of...
Winter in Tajik Capital, the “Worst City in Asia”
An expat blogger writes about how she spent winter in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan. I spent most of the coldest times huddled next to the space heater (pechka), cup of tea in hand. Some mornings everything in the kitchen froze. I once tried to pour hot water into a...
Macedonian Twitter Community Organizes Second Annual Blood Drive
A group of Macedonian Twitter users are organizing a blood drive on March 17, 2014, in Skopje, the second of its kind – the first took place in September 2013.
Trinidad & Tobago: There's an App for That
T3CHTT has put together a list of handy local mobile apps, including a new music app catering to Caribbean rhythms.