April 22 officially sanctioned nationalist rally in Moscow made a lot of waves in the North Caucasus. The rally's slogan was "Stop feeding the Caucasus” and one of the organizers was the nationalistic Russian Civil Union. Their main proposal was to cut federal budget transfers to the republics of the North Caucasus as allegedly they were getting much more than other Russian provinces. The North Caucasus bloggers responded that the federal budget transfers end up in the coffers of local bureaucr...


The news of Osama's death and the discussions around it this week eclipsed a report that might have much longer term impact on our lives. The Population Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs released new data that forecast world population to reach 10.1 billion by 2100. Taking into account that according to the World Bank 1 billion people in the world are currently suffering from hunger. the question of how an additional 3 billion people will be fed should be paramount on...


Conflicts Go On

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These are trying time for the world's children and young people. So many conflicts are simultaniously going on around the planet that it's hard to keep track of everything that is happening. Bahrain authoroties keep arresting protesters, today Navi Pillay, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights voiced concern about their detention. Ceasefire is as out of reach in Libya as at the start of the UN-sanctioned air raids and there is now disagreement over the issue at the Security Council. China and...


For three days the main focus of the media around the world has been the death of Osama bin Laden. Foreign Policy has a full section on their web-site devoted to experts’ opinions on this historical event. While President Obama plans an event at Ground Zero tomorrow that President Bush declined to attend, Pakistani officials are faced with accusations of failing to provide intelligence about Osama's location. Although UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called Osama's death a “watershed moment” in...


Oil Spill Anniversary

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Today is exactly one year since the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the worst in the US history. To commemorate this terrible event the Guardian did a detailed Q&A on its Environment blog which answers important questions, such as why did it take so long to stem the oil flow and whether BP's safety standards were adequate. AP talked about family members of those 11 employees killed in the incident. The disaster began on the night of April 20, 2010 with the explostion on the Deepwater Ho...


The trouble at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan are still far from being resolved. Radioactive water pumping started today but it will be slow and difficult process. The effects of the erathquake/tsunami/nuclear catastrophe will have a long lasting impact on children and young people in Japan. UNICEF is helping the children from affected areas to get back to school Meanwhile Japanese government proposed a way to cope with the aftermath of the catastrophe: raising the sales tax. Looks like...


The latest World Bank report on conflict, security, and development sparkled a whole discussion in mass media on how aid should be administered in vulnerable and conflict-prone countries. BBC points out another conclusion by World Bank, that aid should focus more "on building stable government, and on justice and police, than on health and education." If this won't happen in the nearest future, targets on poverty, health and education will also stay put of reach. AlertNet, citing the report, e...


The situation in Libya remains volatile. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that the UN agreed with the government of Muammar Qaddafi to provide humanitarian aid in the capital, Tripoli. A Libyan spokesman added that the deal also provides for a corridor of safe passage for aid to the embattled city of Misrata. It’s been a month since the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution protecting civilians in Libya, but Muammar Qaddafi continues attacks, especially in Misrata, where humanita...


It's amazing how fickle public opinion is these days. I’ve been reading blogs and Facebook discussions about UN sanctions on Libya for several days now, in English and Russian and I just can’t believe what I am seeing. When Sudanese government is annihilating its own people in Darfur there is uproar, everyone is saying, why wouldn't the UN do something about it? People are protesting, holding up signs “Save Darfur”. The failure to stop genocide in Rwanda is considered one of the biggest mistake...


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