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· January, 2008

Stories about Politics from January, 2008

Ukraine: Minimum Wage vs MPs’ Income

Ukrainiana compares Ukraine's nationwide minimum wage with MPs’ official salaries.

Serbia, Slovenia: Kosovo Independence

Dr. Filomena writes on Kosovo's independence and explains why she thinks Slovenia should not be the first to recognize it: “If for no other reason, then for the sake of...

Russia: German Sadulayev's Appeal

Window on Eurasia writes about a Chechen writer's appeal to his fellow countrymen.

Estonia: Fewer Stateless People

Itching for Eestimaa reports that the number of Estonia's stateless persons continues to decrease.

Serbia, Albania: Kosovo Rapper

BBC's Mark Mardell interviews “Kosovo’s premier rapper” Genc Prevlaka.

Czech Republic: Presidential Debate

Dr. Sean's Diary comments on the Czech presidential debate between incumbent Václav Klaus and challenger Jan Švejnar.

Serbia: Kostunica's Choice

A Fistful of Euros explains why PM Kostunica's refusal to endorse either of the candidates is good for Nikolic and bad for Tadic.

Georgia: Political Alternatives

TOL Georgia reports that while there are many things wrong in the country, the situation just can't be compared to that which it found itself in before the November 2003...

Afghanistan: Reports Call for New Strategies

Barnett R. Rubin reports that several groups of the U.S. foreign policy establishment have released reports calling for major changes in strategy on Afghanistan.

Armenia: Early Release

Nazarian points his readers in the direction of a post in Russian alleging that the notorious son of Gyumri's Mayor has been released from prison in the weeks preceding the...

Armenia: Pondering Scenarios

Unzipped says he believes one scenerio ahead of the 19 February presidential election is that Orinats Yerkir's Artur Baghdasarian will pull out of the race and support another opposition candidate...

Hong Kong: Party Politics

Despite the fact that people are in general cynical about political party, legislator Tsang Yok Shing predicts that the 2017 timetable for universal suffrage will bring party politics to the...

Ukraine: Affordable Housing

Ukrainiana writes on what looks like a competition between Ukraine's PM and president in promising a better mortgage deal to the electorate.

Albania: President Bamir Topi

A Fistful of Euros writes about Albania's president and some of his policies.

Russia: Khodorkovsky on Hunger Strike

Robert Amsterdam posts updates on Mikhail Khodorkovsky's hunger strike in protest against the treatment of jailed former Yukos executive Vasily Alexanyan – here and here.

Russia: No Future for “Nashi”?

Robert Amsterdam and Vilhelm Konnander write about what looks like the end of pro-Putin youth movement Nashi.

Russia: Internet Regulations

Perspectives on the new Russia writes about the Russian government's plans to regulate the internet.

Bosnia & Herzegovina: New Blogs by Public Figures

A few interesting blogs have emerged in the Bosnian blogosphere recently, showing the growing interest in blogging and Web 2.0 in the Balkans. Elia Varela Serra introduces the newcomers: a...

Georgia: Post-Election Distractions

TOL Georgia reports that now Mikhail Saakashvili has officially started his second term in office a new report from international election observers note further irregularities with the conduct of the...

Armenia: Russian Masters

After a visiting Russian official effectively endorsed the candidacy of the prime minister ahead of next month's presidential election in Armenia, Nazarian asks if it isn't time Armenians started to...

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