A roundup of the good stuff I came across in the past two weeks.
First up, a few new blogs that I added to my feed reader. One of my favorites finds is Indolent Youth, a blog that tracks political youth movements in FSU countries. With the upcoming presidential elections in Belarus and parliamentary elections in Ukraine later this month, currently most of the posts deal with those two countries. Although not a blog, but thematically connected is an online youth magazine that Tamar from Armyouth pointed me to. Nasha Versia is a magazine in Russian made by youth from different Central-Asian countries on themes such as politics, education, the environment and culture. I haven’t had a chance yet to read the articles attentively, but they certainly seem interesting.
Back to new found blogs. A nice blog about Moscow is the bilingual Russian-English blog Maaskva: nashimi glazami, run by an Armenian, Raffi Aftandelian. Then there is Nancy White’s Full Circle Online Interaction Blog with lots of interesting posts and links about online interaction, distance learning, internet use for NGOs, online community facilitation.
Though not recently, I still want to point you to an article Hetq Online published two weeks ago. It is written by an American Peace Corps volunteer teaching English in Dilijan. She writes about her friendship with one of her students, a disabled young man who confronts her with her own prejudices against handicapped people. A very moving and honest article, that indeed does make you think about any prejudices you might have without realizing or acknowledging them.
Some time ago Zarchka wrote about corruption in the education system, a topic that I care much about. Last week, Tamar also posted about the same topic at ArmYouth. It is so frustrating to know that having money gives you a better education and a better career than having a brain that actually works well. One of the things that I cannot get used to in Armenia, is the fact that knowledge and a (good) education don’t matter, but that money and connections do.
Through the Network of East-West Women I came across an interesting project, Women’s Memory, launched ten years ago to collects women’s history, the stories of ordinary women’s lives in Eastern Europe.
“So far, project participants in eight countries have recorded around 500 women’s stories, amounting to more than 20,000 transcribed pages and some 17 books. And they plan to continue.[…] Organizers see the Women’s Memory project as a way to insert the stories of normal, everyday women into a larger historical narrative focused on men. “There is a view that the men do the big history and make the history books,” said Pavla Frydlova, the Women’s Memory coordinator in Prague.”
Worth noting is that Beirut based journalist Michael Totten continues his series of articles based on his recent visit to Northern-Iraq / Kurdish Iraq. Fascinating reading and great pictures! Well worth a visit for those interested in the Middle-East.
As a recurring thing, I would like to point out Onnik and Nessuna’s weekly updates of the English-language and the Armenian-language Armenian blogosphere at One World. Their latest updates can be found here and here.