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· February, 2006

Stories about Politics from February, 2006

Belarus: Elections and the Atmosphere of Fear

Tobias Ljungvall writes about the beginning of the election campaign in Belarus, the backlash against the opposition, and the atmosphere of fear reported by Gunnel Arbin, a Swedish journalist who...

Singapore: Missing Singaporeans

Littlespeck.com wonders where are all the missing Singaporeans. The number of new registered voters has risen slowly, despite a rising population, leading to the conclusion that many Singaporeans are going...

Ukraine: Party of Putin's Politics

Scott W. Clark of Foreign Notes writes about some Ukrainian parties competing in this year's parliamentary race; among them is the Party of Putin's Politics (Neeka's Backlog has more on...

Jamaica: First Female Prime Minister

Continuing the global trend of more female heads of state, Portia Simpson-Miller won elections to become the first female party leader and Prime Minister in Jamaica's history. Although not his...

Iraq in Crisis – The Optimists Strike Back

As the crisis in Iraq rumbles on bloggers are divided on the whether there is civil war and how bad things really are. For the sake of balance here is...

What Salvadoran bloggers are saying – politics and nostalgia

El Salvador is in the midst of a very spirited campaign season leading to the election of mayors and National Assembly deputies on March 12. The campaigning has produced a...

Ethiopia: Role of the Diaspora

Weichegud!ET Politics continues her discussion on the role of the Ethiopian Diaspora in mobilizing and lobbying for a better Ethiopia.

South Africa: Mbeki Interview

South Africa reports on a recent newspaper interview with South African President, Thabo Mbeki in which he covered mistakes by the Government in the first five years of local government,...

Zimbabwe: Demonstrations on Mugabe's Birthday

President Mugabe celebrated his birthday last Tuesday. This is Zimbabwe reports that many citizens took to the streets in protests, demonstrations and sit-ins…“The ongoing countrywide demonstrations by students spread to...

Ethiopia: Yacob Hailemariam

Nazret.com reports on the continuing imprisonment of Ethiopian professor, Yacob Hailemariam. “Hailemariam left Virginia Beach for his native Ethiopia last year to try and spread the democratic values he’d come...

This week in Israel: election campaigns, a kidnapping in France and more

Israel is now six weeks before general elections, and the campaigning is starting to heat up. Shai Tsur of Shaister has a concise and intelligent roundup of the campaign platforms...

Lone Haiti-Based Haitian Blogger on Recent Haitian Elections

Yon Ayisyen, the sole Haiti-based Haitian blogger complains (FR) that he does not have an internet connection at home. But that has not stopped him from blogging regularly if not...

A Look at the Syrian Blogsphere

After a tense month of anti-violence campaigns, the Syrian blogsphere seemed to be quite calm this week… Discussions revolved about the new step from the US to give a $5...

From the Jordanian Blogosphere

The Jordanian bloggers are angry over the attack on Islamic, particularly Shi'aa, monument the Askariya Shrine, some of them are comparing the unneeded reactions from Muslims towards the Danish cartoon...

Update: Samarra Catastrophe

The developing situation in Iraq is moving too fast and filling more column inches than a roundup can satisfy. Here is a summary of the blog events since Thursday. It...

Pulse of the Saudi Blogosphere

Many different and interesting topics were discussed in the Saudi blogosphere this week, so let's start our roundup right away. What is the difference between democracy and American democracy? Hassan...

Indonesia: Mining Politics

Yosef Ardi reflects on the long involvement of U.S. mining company Freeport McMoran in Indonesian politics. Freeport, which operated a massive mine — the largest copper and gold mine in...

This Week in Palestinian Blogs: Refugees Reloaded

News of the blogosphere… PSM (Palestine Solidarity Movement) Fifth Annual Divestment Conferece has taken place from February 17-19 in Washington DC, US attracting more than six hundred student and community...

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra of Thailand announced a House dissolution

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra announced a House dissolution Friday evening after he was granted an audience with His Majesty the King.

Russia: Political Jokes

Sergey Belyakov of RUBLog posts six political jokes, which target Vladimir Putin, Joseph Stalin, George W. Bush, Richard Nixon, and Adam and Eve.

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