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· January, 2007

Stories about Politics from January, 2007

Madagascar: Ministers in the New Government

Madagascar Croissance posts (Fr) a list of the ministers that make up the new government.

CAFTA and WiMax in Costa Rica

Three articles stand out this week: The first describes events that are a glimpse of what we will see once the CAFTA discussions begin, the second denounces the newspapers for...

Cuba: Fidel's video

Alejandro Armengol attempts to make sense (ES) of the reaction of Miami's Cuban exiles to the video of Cuban president Fidel Castro released yesterday.

Trinidad & Tobago: A nation unravels

“How do you take back a country that at independence failed to take real responsibility for itself, whose fabric has been slowly unravelling ever since, and which now equates modernisation...

Iraq: Another Terrifying Day

Iraqi blogger Nabil writes about yet another terrifying day in his neighbourhood. “Me and several people ran to the roof of the house, and there was my neighbour lying on...

Bolivia: Advice From and For Morales

While Bolivia Rising posts the translated text of Evo Morales speech at the World Social Forum in Nairobi, Jim Shultz of The Democracy Center publishes “three messages that Morales and...

Russia: Amber

Copydude writes about the sorry state of the Baltic ecology and about the amber mines of Kaliningrad.

Russia: Conversation With Litvinenko's Widow, Part 10

Part 10 of the conversation with Aleksandr Litvinenko's widow is translated and posted at A Step At A Time.

Poland: Politics

“This is not a deeply unpopular government at all. It’s supporters appear to quite like it,” writes Warsaw Station in a lengthy post (followed by a lengthy discussion).

Poland: Sex Scandal and Cronyism

Traveling Life writes about Poland's ongoing sex scandal and about yet another case of cronyism: “I know that each political appointee has an army of advisers to make sure he...

Poland: PM With a Broken Arm

The beatroot writes: “[The Polish president's twin brother] breaks arm after falling on ice. Does that make him a lame duck Prime Minister?” A commenter responds: “He's a right wing...

Poland: Anti-Missile System

The beatroot argues that “the critics of the decision of placing a US anti-missile system in Poland are being as paranoid as the US government.”

Poland: The Soviets’ Nuclear Arsenal

The beatroot writes about the “now unclassified documents which show that Poland was nothing more than a buffer to the West for the Soviets and one that they could afford...

Egypt: New head for Kifaya Movement

Egyptian opposition movement Kifaya will have a new activist at its helm after the resignation of George Ishaq, reports Arabist. The new frontman is Dr Abdel Wahab Al Messiri.

Bahrain Jails Political Activists

A court in Bahrain today sent two political activists to jail for possessing leaflets calling for a boycott of recent legislative elections, reports blogger Mahmood Al Yousif, who describes the...

Bolivian Bloggers Give Their Verdict

This time last year, Bolivia and the rest of the world was buzzing about the inauguration of President Evo Morales and the novelty of it all. With approval ratings at...

Kurdistance: The Kirkuk Referendum

While the Kirkuk Referendum isn't expected to take place until December 2007, it is creating waves within Kurdistan, Iraq and their neighbors. Why the flurry of activity now? The Iraq...

Iranian Bloggers Talk About Their Prison Experience

Many people for political reasons have been sent to prison in Iran. A few of those former prisoners shared their stories in books, through painting or in their blogs. Some...

Uzbekistan: Handling Succession

Sean Roberts examines how Uzbekistan will handle succession. President Islam Karimov is 70 and currently in the “bonus time” of his final term. With elections on the horizon, Uzbekistan may...

Tanzania: snoozing thinkers

Tanzania In Focus blogs about Tanzania's snoozing “thinkers”: I don't want to sound like a genius, but I once blogged on the fact that ours is a snoozing government. I...

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