I have decided to put up a weekly collection of links of blog posts, articles, or other stuff that caught my attention or of interesting blogs I discovered. I keep running into things that I find interesting or want to post about, but I somehow don’t get around to doing that. So I decided to collect all the good stuff I find on the net and post it about once a week. All in rather random order.
First up is Sanne‘s post on her experiences as a volunteer in Armenia. She continues writing interesting and thought-provoking posts. Well worth a read for those interested in the views of a non-Armenian with no previous ties to the country. She really hits some things spot on in my opinion. Her post can be read here.
As for noteworthy news in Armenia, there was the meeting this weekend in France between president Robert Kocharian of Armenia and president Ilham Aliev of Azerbaijan about the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh. In the past week, Onnik at One World has posted several posts; ArmYouth Blog, Notes from Hairenik each have posted on this as well. The Artyom Reader and Voch me Ban (good to see he’s back!) have posts on the results (if there were any…). I am pretty sure Onnik will soon post as well on the results.
[Update 1: he just did.]
On another note, as it turned out this week, if you are too critical about football in this country, your car might be put on fire. Someone once said that football is war. I guess this gives a whole new meaning to that statement… By the way, a friend told me that this in my opinion rather newsworthy item was not covered on TV at all.
I found Sean’s Russia Blog this week through a link on Global Voices to a post he wrote on the hazing scandal that has captured headlines in Russia over the last few weeks. Briefly, the sick story goes like this: a 19-year old guy fulfilling his two year service in the Russian army was beaten up so badly by other soldiers and /or officers that his legs, genitals and a finger had to be amputated. More about this here. I found the rest on Sean’s Russia Blog well worth reading as well. The blog contains “[c]ommentary, analysis and news on Russian politics, society, history, and culture” and can be found here.
Open Democracy this week published an article on a proposal for a law to ban the burqa from all public spaces in my native country Holland. The article goes on to discuss why Holland over the last couple of years has turned into probably the most anti-Islamic country in the West. The reasons for this lie in part in Holland’s past of “pillarisation”, described as
“the late nineteenth-century institutionalisation of separate socio-politico-religious worlds in the interests of egalitarian social relations. The country was divided along essentially four “pillars” Â Protestant, Catholic, Socialist, Liberal Â that lived radically segregated lives from each other, deeply loyal to their community, and subject to its norms and values.”
Finally, Dutch public TV (its third channel) will air a program on the Armenian Genocide todaySundaydy February 12) at 20:40 Dutch time. This will be followed by a discussion about the Armenian Genocide two days later in Amsterdam. More info on both events here.
[edited to delete dead links]