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· February, 2008

Stories about Freedom of Speech from February, 2008

Serbia, Kosovo, U.S.: Diaspora Serbs

Reluctant Dragon and Gray Falcon offer two different perspectives on what it feels like being a Serb in the United States following Kosovo's declaration of independence.

Russia: Election Roundup

A roundup on Russia's upcoming presidential election: Mark MacKinnon writes on the 72 percent “target” for Medvedev; Megan Case writes about the reasons NOT to vote; Robert Amsterdam writes about...

Serbia, Kosovo: Lack of Trust

Balkan Anarchist writes at length about “the utter lack of inter-ethnic dialogue between Serbs and Albanians” in Kosovo.

Serbia: Window For Slovenian Embassy

East Ethnia reposts a photo of a new window presented to the Slovenian embassy by “the students of Belgrade.”

China: Chongqing's Pride

Zhang Xiaozhou's soccer game report has hurt Chongqing citizens’ pride. Students, representatives of people congress, and newspapers editors protested against the report and demanded the authority to punish the reporter....

Serbia: “Ray of Light in Tough Times”

Belgrade 2.0 posts a selection of photoshopped Kosovo-related parodies and writes: “If there’s one thing I always appreciated about Serbia and it’s turbulent times, it’s the people’s strenght to find...

Iranian web editor arrested for criticizing Khomeini’s grandson

Hossein Nobakhtian, the managing editor of the banned conservative Iranian website Nosazi (Renovation) has been detained for criticizing Khomeini’s grandson.

Africa: Is Chinese influence eroding press freedom?

The BBC posted an interview with head of Reporters Without Borders Leonard Vincent commenting on the decline of press freedom in Africa over the past year. Ugandan blogger, Ugandan Insomniac,...

China: Thoughts and debates on the name-calling professor

The start was in fact very simple. In 2007, Professor Zhong Hua at Sichuan Normal University issued an article entitled Cultural Studies and the Lost of Literary Theory in the...

Poland: Giertych's Fear of Feminism

The beatroot reports on Maciej Giertych's fear of feminism.

Serbia: Where is Facebook's Belgrade?

According to Belgrade 2.0, Serbia's capital has mysteriously disappeared from Facebook: “Anyway, there are couple of groups now fighting to get Serbian cities back on the list of hometowns, since...

Egypt: Praying against Mubarak in the Metro

From an offer to give up a seat at the metro, to an impromptu protest against Egyptian President Mohamed Hosni Mubarak. Eman Abdurahman brings us the story from Egypt.

Morocco: Blogger Quits

A popular and well respected university professor and blogger, Pr. Mohamed Drissi Bakhakhat, decided to stop blogging out of fear for his safety after what happened to Fuad Mourtada, writes...

Kosovo, Serbia: A Roundup

Update on Kosovo/Serbia: Belgrade 2.0 sums things up; East Ethnia discusses the possibility of partition; Csíkszereda Musings writes on the meaning of Kosovo for Romania's Székelyföld autonomy; Greater Surbiton re-posts...

Poland, U.K.: Football and Anti-Semitism

The beatroot examines whether the UK and Polish football fans are the “most anti-Semitic in Europe.”

Estonia: National Identity

Itching for Eestimaa marks Estonia's independence day (Feb. 24) by writing about Estonian national identity.

Czech Republic, Slovakia: 60 Years Since Communist Takeover

The Reference Frame writes about the 60th anniversary of the Communist takeover of Czechoslovakia.

Russia, Ukraine: February 23

Scraps of Moscow, Ukrainiana, and Windows to Russia! write about the Defender of the Fatherland Day (formerly known as the Soviet Army Day). Feb. 23 also happens to be president...

Russia: Lev Ponomarev; Solovetskiy Stone

Robert Amsterdam reports on an investigation launched against human rights activist Lev Ponomarev, who has been “accused of committing slander against the Russian Federation, and is currently being prevented from...

Russia, U.S.: The New York Times’ Russian LJ

Lyndon of Scraps of Moscow provides a comprehensive review of the New York Times‘ Russian-language LJ community, a platform for a “translator-assisted online dialog” between Russian bloggers and the newspaper's...

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