Stories about Law from September, 2007
Ukraine: “Who's Who in Political Advertising”
Taras of Ukrainiana has collected videos of campaign advertising by seven Ukrainian blocs and parties – and has translated their messages into English. An invaluable resource for anyone who would like to experience the 2007 parliamentary election campaign the way ordinary Ukrainians have.
Taiwan: Whose land?
The indigenous Smangus people consider a wind-fall beech tree is in their territory, but the Forestry Bureau doesn't agree. Bloggers discuss, how do we decide who is the owner of the land?
Poland, Ireland: Politics Comparison
Our Man in Gdansk compares “Polish politics and normal, Irish politics.”
Pakistan: Musharraf in uniform
All Things Pakistan on the Supreme Court ruling that Musharraf will be allowed to contest the upcoming elections in uniform.
Trinidad and Tobago: The Course of Justice
“This Chief Justice matter is no joke. The integrity of the entire judiciary rests upon it,” writes Manicou, who is incredulous at the refusal of Trinidad and Tobago's Attorney General to allow himself to be cross examined by the tribunal investigating allegations that he conspired with the Chief Magistrate to...
China: Bloggers side with Burmese monks
Chinese government talk of non-intervention in the violent crushing of democracy protests this week in the Myanmar capital Yangon hasn't resonated much with a number of high-profile Chinese bloggers, with several taking the risk of openly joining the Red Shirt for Burma campaign and calling for their readers to do the same.
Moldova: Transnistria 2
Douglas Muir of A Fistful of Euros posts the second installment on Transnistria.
Ukraine: Unresolved Cases
Mark MacKinnon writes about two unresolved cases that don't do any good to president Yushchenko's image at home and abroad: the 2000 murder of journalist Georgiy Gongadze and Yushchenko's 2004 poisoning.
Trinidad & Tobago: Oil Spill
“If it takes the Environmental Management Authority a week to take notice of an oil spill, how can we trust them to monitor the daily emissions coming from a plant?” asks Rights Action Group T&T, as it calls for “an immediate introduction of proper emergency response mechanisms to be put...
Moldova: Resource on Transnistria
Scraps of Moscow links to a resource on Transnistria.
Moldova: Trafficking in Women
Scraps of Moscow links to resources on trafficking in women in Moldova.
Russia: Kasparov; “The Italian”
The Accidental Russophile comments on the New Yorker 12-page piece on Garry Kasparov, and writes about The Italian, a Russian movie by director Andrei Kravchuk.
China: Traffic cops get machine guns
Traffic police in a major Chinese city have begun carrying pistols and machine guns while on the job, and netizens can't seem to think of any good reason why.
The Baltics: Unity Day; Latgallia
Marginalia writes about Latgallia, and the history and politics of the Baltic Unity Day, marked on Sept. 22.
Czech Rebublic: Violent Football Fans
Petr Bokuvka of The Czech Daily Word writes about violent behavior of the Czech football fans.
Ghana: Barclays uses blogger's photos without permission
Oluniyi Ajao complains about his photos being stolen by Barclays Bank (Ghana): “A few minutes ago, I saw an ad on CNN, with Barclays Bank congratulating themselves on being the 1st offshore bank in Ghana. Well, the two photos displayed at the tail-end of the ad are mine and used...
China: Forced Land Expropriation
1 bao has a detailed report on forced land expropriation case in Zhejian, Lunchuan. In order to protect their land, local villagers sued the local government for illegal expropriation of farmland. Even though the State Department has expressed concern over the case and demanded the local government to handle the...
Saudi Arabia: The Right to Drive
A group of Saudi women are campaigning for the right to drive in the only country in the world which bans women from driving, reports The Arabist.
World Reaction to the UN Declaration on Indigenous Rights
In every society in which they find themselves, the world's 370 million indigenous peoples are among the most vulnerable and marginalized. After over 22 years of negotiations and consultations, the United Nations approved the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples earlier this month, a broad, non-binding agreement articulating basic...
Ukraine: The Language Issue
Victor Yanukovych's Party of the Regions is pushing for a referendum on granting Russian official status as a national language, in addition to Ukrainian. Below is a selection of views on the "language issue" from the Ukrainian blogosphere.
Ukraine: Serhiy Kalinovskyi's Escape
Foreign Notes writes about Serhiy Kalinovskiy, “a member of Kyiv's ‘gilded youth'” and a reckless driver, who killed his girlfriend and a police officer, and then escaped from a private hospital: “Much has been made of stripping criminal immunity from VR deputies recently, but everyone knows that in reality, if...