· August, 2007

Stories about International Relations from August, 2007

Russia: Nashi, BBC, and the Upcoming Elections

  22 August 2007

Mark MacKinnon writes about the recent BBC ban and the Nashi movement's summer camps: “Both the Kremlin's bolstering of “patriotic” youth movements and its crackdown on non-state media outlets are moves directed at heading off any kind of Orange Revolution-inspired uprising in Russia around December's Duma elections and/or next year's...

Russia: Xenophobia and Violence

  21 August 2007

There are 48 comments so far to a post on xenophobia and violence in Russia, over at Sean's Russia Blog. One commenter writes: “It seems to me that the Kremlin gave a green light to the ‘ultra-nationlist’ tendencies of some ethnic Russians by the way it dealt with Georgia and...

Yemen: Shiites,Gaddafi and Saudi Arabia

Yemen's Shiites (Shiayan Yaman) is an Iranian blog covering events in Yemen.The blogger says[Fa] Muammar Gaddafi,the leader of Libya, proposed his help to Malak al-Huthi, Shiite rebel leader,in order to block Saudi Arabia's influence in Yemen.According to the blogger al-Huti has refused any colloboration with Gaddafi.

Korea: How Much Should One Ethnicity be Emphasized?

  21 August 2007

The emphasis on one ethnicity (danil minjok) in Korea society has become a problematic issue in international society. A news clip is below. A United Nations committee has urged Korea to recognize the diversity of its society and overcome its obsession with racial homogeneity. The U.N. Committee on the Elimination...

African writers criticize Sarkozy in open letter

  21 August 2007

Jean-Luc Raharimanana, a Malagasy writer famous for his influential works on French colonialism, recently authored an open letter to French president Nicolas Sarkozy in response to the now infamous message to Africa and Africans he delivered in Dakar, Senegal. Nearly a month has passed since Sarkozy's speech, but its effects...

Morocco: An Introduction to Peace Corps Bloggers

Morocco is home to a rather diverse group of English-language bloggers, as I'm sure you have observed. While many are native Moroccans utilizing their English skills and still others are expatriate teachers or workers, there is another unique group obvious from the tagline which their organization requires they post on their blogs: "Any written message or photo provided on this blog site does not represent the views or opinions of the U.S. Peace Corps or any other institution."

Syria: On Lebanon and Motorcycles

Just as the heat is cooling from an inter-Arab spat involving Jordanians and Iraqis, we move on to the Syrian blogosphere where bloggers are fanning the flames of a Palestinian-Lebanese virtual stand-off. Read Yazan's Badran round up to learn more.