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· August, 2007

Stories about Governance from August, 2007

Bulgaria: “Foreigner Tax”

The Balkan Yankee writes on the ways in which the so-called “foreigner tax” is applied in Bulgaria.

Russia: More on Politkovskaya and Litvinenko

Sean's Russia Blog posts an update on the investigation of Anna Politkovskaya's murder and remind his readers of another ongoing case: Aleksandr Litvinenko's murder.

Ukraine: “What Will the Elections Change?”

Taras Kuzio compares Ukrainian politicians to their French counterparts: “Yulia could become Ukraine’s Thatcher or Sarkozy – Yushchenko will always be a Chirac. Maybe a woman can do what a...

Ukraine: Crimea

On the last day of summer, here's a translation of LJ user drugoi's photo report on his trip to Crimea, one of the favorite summer tourism destinations in the Soviet...

Egypt: Mubarak Deathwatch

“(F)or over a week now the Egyptian (non-state) media has gone into another one of its Mubarak deathwatch modes,” writes Issandr El Amrani, from Egypt.

Iran:Study says US preparing military attack

Iranian Truth writes that here’s a little story in the news that hasn’t been receiving much press circulation but is definitely of concern:According to SOAS,The United States has the capacity...

Arabeyes: Who is Using the Tunisian Presidential Airplane?

The Tunisian presidential airplane and the 'unofficial' trips it takes to Europe and the fashion capitals of the world has attracted the scrutiny of the country's most outspoken bloggers. Who...

Russia: Politkovskaya Updates

Sean's Russia Blog is posting updates on Anna Politkovskaya's murder investigation – here, here, here (46 comments), and here.

Russia: “Word of Badmouth”

Copydude writes about various ways of mistreating foreigners in Russia – and about “word of badmouth,” which certain Russian restaurant owners don't seem to know anything about: “According to customer...

Czech Rebublic: Syphilitic Pornstars

“Dozens of Czech pornstars caught syphilis during the last three months,” Petr Bokuvka of The Czech Daily Word reports.

Ukraine: Animal Shelter

On August 19, Ukrainian journalist Tanya Kremen paid a visit to an animal shelter located near a small town just outside Kyiv. Below are her impressions and thoughts, which she...

Iran:US policy and a web site

Azarmehr says that during his visit to US last Novemeber :”we had a meeting at the US State Department. We were told that the US does not have a policy...

Japan: Executed Death-Row Inmate was Mentally-Ill

Asia Death Penalty outlines the results in a report by Amnesty International indicating that one of the death-row inmates killed last week in Japan, Hifumi Takezawa, was mentally ill.

Morocco: The Upcoming Elections

With the Moroccan legislative elections looming on September 7, Moroccan bloggers share their concerns about the process and its progress.

Japan: Life out of a Manga Kissa

Results of a survey just released by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has found that thousands of people across Japan bordering on poverty live their lives out...

Bangladesh: Military and Democracy

Voice of Bangladeshi Bloggers on the prospect for democracy in the country given the military's maneuvers.

Iran:Crackdown on Professors

Kamangir says according to a new law, all state-run universities are obliged to report any trip their faculty members go to outside the country. The trips have to be reported...

Ukraine: Ethnic Russians

Window on Eurasia writes about another way of looking at Ukraine's ethnic Russians and their political preferences.

Russia: Mistreatment of Foreigners

Window on Eurasia reports: “Foreigners working in the Russian Federation are far from likely to be mistreated by government officials and employers than they are to be attacked by skinheads...

Albania: A Vacation Report

Marko Bucik spends his vacation in Albania, a country that is “an endless joy” – despite the fact that “there are almost no street names, no mailboxes, few places have...

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