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  • annak 5:22 pm on December 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: activism, Erica Hagen, , Kibera, MapKibera, , Mikel Maron, , open maps, Ushahidi   

    TEDx Kibera 

    Mikel and Erica went to Nairobi about three months ago to map a huge, in fact, second large slum in Africa after Soweto, with the population of over one million. Here’s what their project website says:

    “Kibera in Nairobi, Kenya, widely known as Africa’s largest slum, remains a blank spot on the map. Without basic knowledge of the geography and resources of Kibera it is impossible to have an informed discussion on how to improve the lives of residents. This November, young Kiberans create the first public digital map of their own community.”

    I was lucky to meet some of the mappers and some other community leaders working in Kibera at TEDx Kibera in December. Mikel also talked there about MapKibera, social meaning of mapping, also about Voice of Kibera – community media news aggregator from Kibera built on Ushahidi and MapKibera. Here’s a part of his talk.

  • annak 6:40 pm on December 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Nairobi National Park, , safari,   

    Safari Highlights 

    Nairobi National Park is Kenya’s first National Park and it’s in few kilometers drive from Nairobi center. It covers about 120 square kilometers and turned out to be an amazing experience, even though I’ve never thought I was big fan of wildlife. And yes, you’ve got to have a camera with much better lens than mine.

    Enjoy few of my favorite photos from my first safari ever.

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  • annak 9:31 pm on December 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , bus, , , , public transport   

    Moments of daily life 

    Nairobi busIf you do not have a car in Nairobi, feel free to exercise, like many others who walk kilometers to work and back. Or be rich and get expensive taxi rides. If none of this options work for you, then just learn the public bus routes. Interesting thing about public buses is that they’ve created a new type of job – calling up people asking to get on the bus, no matter whether they want to go to that direction or not. And yes, they can be very persuasive.

  • annak 12:30 pm on December 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 10 tacts, India camp, , matatu, , rubber toys   

    Kiloran Cottage 

    Kiloran cottage, Nairobi

    That’s the name of lovely place I’m staying at with Mikel and Erica and Jeff, quite expensive, $30 per night, but also pretty good deal as they say. And it’s totally worth this money. Hangin out in a colorful garden in front of the cottage, drinking coffee and enjoying sun, getting some tan, which is particularly exciting after freezing Tbilisi. Sorry, pictures will have to come later, when I get access to cheaper internet connection, which is not the case with GPRS modem.

    Besided Erica’s amazing rubber animal-toys made from recycled flip-flops, yesterday’s highlights include lovely dinner with Kipp and Happee and Philip – kind of mini reunion of India camp – good to be togeher again.

    Looking forward to the walk to the market and screening of 10 Tactics in matatu tonight!

    Erica's lovely collection

    Flip-flop hippo

    and a silly zebra in a necklace

  • annak 7:37 am on December 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: airport services, Dubai, Dubai international Airport, Emirates,   

    Fly Emirates 

    Or if you happen to transit through Dubai with some other airlines, walk over to Emirates’ new terminal, which has free wifi, choice of coffee places, bunch of Duty Free shops and this Oasis!

    Bring the green inside the airports, great idea, isn't?

    Bring the green inside airports, isn't it a great idea?

    It is actually one of those airports where I managed to spend about 8 hours and didn’t die of boredom. Here’s one of the details that cheered me up – à la Roy Lichtenstein  advertising of Emirates airlines.

    Emirates' ad

    Nice cap - check out the Emirates' logo

    As you can see I’m having fun in the airport, but in couple hours I will finally fly Emirates to Nairobi, so don’t take the headline of this post as a call, because, you should understand, being exposed to advertising for the whole night does convince people in the ad.

  • annak 1:40 pm on December 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , ,   

    On the road 

    I will have to change the topic of my blog for couple of weeks – I’m hitting the road, off to Kenya. Meeting some interesting people, as well as wildlife so I will keep you posted about it all.

    • dv0rsky 2:43 pm on December 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      ENVY! 🙂
      have a nice trip!

    • dave bloss 4:44 pm on December 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      enjoy! jody and i spent a week there in 2007. if you meet folks from “The Nation” in Nairobi, they are wonderful.

  • annak 7:14 pm on December 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Kitsmarishvili, Maestro, , Saakashvili, Sarah Marcus, World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, World Editors Forum   

    Ensure that your government fully respects the principles of a free and independent press 

    This is what letter of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers and the World Editors Forum addressed to President Saakashvili says (read the letter here), expressing concern about blackmailing attempts toward Batumelebi newspaper.

    Sarah Marcus, freelance journalist based in Tbilisi talks in her blog about differing media challenges to President Saakashvili also commenting on Saakashvili’s former supporter, Erosi Kitsmarishvili’s plans on Maestro.

  • annak 1:35 am on December 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: activists, , , , Freelandia, , , pressure, , ,   

    We Support Batumelebi 

    Parallel to opening of International movie Festival in Amirani cinema today, Batumelebi supporters gathered at the entrance were expressing support to Batumelebi newspaper. Media center, independent journalists, bloggers, journalism students, those who just knew them gathered to resist the Special Operations Department’s pressure over the newspaper. Freelandia gives report and photos from the protest, they will help you get the feeling of the protest.

  • annak 10:56 am on November 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Batumi, , , , Tedo Jorbenadze   

    Batumelebi gets blackmailing threats 

    Batumelebi Attempt of blackmailing of Batumelebi, independent weekly newspaper of Batumi, Ajara, famous for its investigative reports and quality journalism, caused a buzz among those who blog about media, Media Helping Media also reported about the threats.

    Batumelebi says that on 25 November, Tedo Jorbenadze, the head of the newspaper’s investigative journalism unit, was summoned to the Interior Ministry to discuss some “personal matters.” According to the newspaper, Jorbenadze informed the director and editor-in-chief before going along for the meeting, but they were not allowed to accompany him. Jorbenadze says officials from Georgia’s Special Operations Department (SOD) showed him what appeared to be cropped black and white photographs of the journalist with some semi naked men. The newspaper claims Jorbenadze was told that the images would be released and circulated on the internet if he didn’t offer the authorities “assistance and cooperation.”

    • annak 11:47 am on December 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      If you would like to support freedom of press in Georgia, join us! Come today, December 1st, at 7pm to movie theater Amirani.

  • annak 10:43 am on November 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: diaspora, Moscow cops, , , violence   

    Diaspora protests 

    Today in Paris at 5pm local time Georgian diaspora will protest against Putin, Russia’s PM.
    The protests called “I am against Putin! All against Putin” will be held by Georgian diaspora also in Germany, Belgium, Poland, USA, Netherlands, Israel, Greece, Baltic countries and some others.
    Protests were instigated by the recent violence against a refugee from Abkhazia, who died after being beaten by Moscow cops.
    Protests started in the Georgian social media as well, first was Cyxymu, reposted by 78ds and supported by some other LiveJournal bloggers.
    Reply to this post if you have more info/links to people joining today’s protest.

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