Stories about International Relations from September, 2006
Iran:Ayatollah Khomeini's letter and nuclear bomb
Kamangir talks about Ayatollah Khomenii's letter that was published after 18 years. We read in media, a letter from 1988 in which Iran's top commander says Iran could need a nuclear bomb to win the war against Iraq has come to light in Tehran. The blogger adds I do not...
Kazakhstan: Nazarbaev in DC
Registan.net looks at media, editorial, and blog coverage of today's visit to the White House by Kazakhstani President Nursultan Nazarbaev.
Kazakhstan: Crossing the Line
KZBlog says that comedian Sasha Baron Cohen has crossed the line in his latest stunt as the character Borat by directly mocking the president and government of Kazakhstan in his phony press conference in front of the Kazakhstani embassy in Washington D.C.
Serbia: Torture Story Retraction
Balkan Ghost of Finding Karadzic has found out that a heartbreaking story about “the Sri Lankan-American Buddhist who was tortured by her Serb captors while on an aid mission during the Bosnian war, [was] fictional“: “I regret posting the story when my verification was incomplete. But I also believe that...
Iran:Ganji's letter to America
Nim Negah has published an excerpt of Akbar Ganji's, Iranian journalist and human rights activist, “Letter to America” in Washington Post. Ganji asked for a direct and transparent talk between US and Iran.The blogger published following part of the letter :” It is both possible and desirable to solve the...
Barbados: Land sale
Barbados Free Press employs a bit of allegory to highlight possible flaws in the logic behind the government's decision to sell the island's lands to foreign investors.
Russia: Media Stereotypes Discussion
Yuri Mamchur's recent post on Russia Blog about media stereotypes has drawn some media response in Russia and the blogger has been interviewed on Radio Liberty (RUS).
Russia: Conflict With Georgia
David McDuff of A Step At A Time writes about the recent escalation of the Russian-Georgian conflict: “The Russian government is expending a great of aggressive rhetoric on this new campaign, accusing Georgia of being a “bandit state”, and talking of preparations for war.”
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Ukraine: Babiy Yar Massacre's 65th Anniversary
Stones and flowers were laid at the Babiy Yar Memorial in Kyiv Wednesday, to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the 1941 massacre – by Veronica Khokhlova In 1941, at least 33,771 Kyiv Jews were shot by the Nazis on Sept. 29 and Sept. 30, in the Babiy Yar ravine of...
South Korea: solidarity protest against military base
Days in Daechuri reports on the weekend solidarity protest in seoul against the expansion of military base in Pyeongtaek. There were also protests in New York and Los Angeles.
Cuba, Russia: Cold War days
Luis M. Garcia comes across a Russian news service article which states that Cuba was effectively run by the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War.
Sri Lanka: LTTE and Pakistan
LankaWatch on the politics of playing one country against the other in the sub-continent by the LTTE. “LTTE has only managed to paint itself into a corner – the same corner occupied by the Islamic fundamentalist and other terrorists groups. India like Pakistan will continue to help the menace of...
Africa: new economic frontier for China and India
Africa is India's and China's new economic frontier, writes AfricaBeat: “In short, Africa could be for India and China what China and India have been the U.S. and Western Europe (and vice versa). South-South trade might one day be the engine that drives African development in the same way that...
Ethiopian bloggers rally to save controversial bill
Ethiopia’s diaspora bloggers are flexing their political muscles in a bid to save a controversial bill they claim has been blocked in the US Congress. The highly-politicised groups of Ethiopian writers living in the USA published a flurry of posts over the past week to persuade Congress to pass House...
More banned journals and Khatami in the USA
According to Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the International Federation of Journalists, the Iranian media is under an increasing amount of governmental pressure. More newspapers and magazines such as daily Shargh and the monthlies Nameh and Hafez have been shut down by the Commission for Authorizing and Monitoring the Press,...
Armenia: Suffering for Russia
At Blogrel, “Observer” argues that Armenia will suffer because of anti-Russian moods on the international scene.
Bulgaria: Cyrillic and the EU
Edward Lucas, the Central and East European correspondent of The Economist, writes about Bulgaria, the Cyrillic alphabet and the EU.
Barbados: Lessons from Cayman
Barbados Free Press sees lessons for Barbados in the Cayman Islands’ current debate over immigration rules regarding ex-patriates.
Baltics: Pan-Baltic History
Giustino of Itching for Eestimaa muses on the so-called “common pan-Baltic history.”
Estonia: Generalizing About Latvia
Giustino of Itching for Eestimaa generalizes about Latvia: “Plus, if things have been hard for Estonia, Latvia's always gotten it just a little bit shittier.”