Press Freedom Reports: Nepal, India, Ethiopia, Russia, Ukraine & Kazakhstan

February 6th, 2007

Continued from here ... Nepal, on the other hand, started out the year very badly. Reporters Without Borders logo Before he was ousted in a democratic revolution, King Gyanendra had put the very existence of the independent press under threat. Several hundred journalists were arrested, beaten up, censored or threatened by rampant security forces. The press, first in line in the fight against the monarchy, progressively regained its rights from April onwards. For the most part, India does well by the press, but in some states the situation can be dire. Privately-owned television stations, which specialise in spectacular scoops, made some very serious ethical blunders in 2006. In August, journalists on local stations in Bihar state purchased petrol and matches for… [more]

Checked out the other blogs lately?

January 7th, 2007

I have no way of knowing how people come to my blog -- by bookmark, direct link or from the "what's new" portal of This site has expanded a lot recently with the addition of bloggers and new categories. There's so much info there now that I'm having a tough time keeping up, and just keeping track of where my own posts ... both here and on the Older Parent Blog ... sit in relation to other new posts is a more comprehensive process than it was just a few weeks ago. If you've not taken the time to look around a bit, especially recently, you're missing a lot of country-specific information from bloggers who've been-there-done-that in… [more]

Borat: Another Racial Prejudice?

October 22nd, 2006
Categories: Kazakhstan

Continuing on the topic of antiziganism... Have you heard of Borat Sadiiyev? Borat If you're aware of the racial prejudice known as antiziganism, or if you have kids from Kaz, or Bulgaria or other Eastern European countries you probably have. Or, if you watch a lot of TV. Here's how wiki introduces him: Borat Sagdiyev ... ("born" July 30, 1979) is a fictional Kazakh journalist invented and portrayed by the British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen. Borat evolved from previous characters that Baron Cohen had developed; firstly an unnamed Moldovan TV reporter (for LWT/Granada TV and the BBC's Comedy Nation) and later an Albanian TV reporter called Kristo (for the Paramount Comedy Channel, actually based on Cohen's personal friend James Kristenson). Borat appeared… [more]

Kazakhstan: what’s happening there

October 19th, 2006

More Info from Kazakhstan, continued from the previous post... AIDS and kids. This tragic combination becomes more prevalent each year. We hear a lot about AIDS orphans and infected children in Africa ... especially these day, but I am NOT using the 'M' word again for a while ... but information from another part of the world is beginning to come in. This article out of Kazakhstan titled, "Bad times are over, worse to come",explains a bit about what's happening right now, and allows us to revisit a scenario that's played out far too many times ... First it seemed that nothing could be worse than the initial shock caused by the first ten HIV cases among children. Alas, life has… [more]

Kazakhstan: Important Info

October 19th, 2006

From the US State Department to parents of kids adopted from Kazakhstan, this Public Notice: The Government of Kazakhstan recently reported that as many as 61 children in the Shymkent region (southern Kazakhstan ) tested positive for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Kazakhstani government officials stated that the children were infected by contaminated blood transfusions and reusing medical equipment, such as needles for vaccinations or catheters. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is aware of the situation and is working with the Government of Kazakhstan to investigate the scope of this unfortunate development. Those Americans who recently adopted a child from the affected region of Kazakhstan should take note of this development. They may wish to… [more]