Stories about Politics from July, 2006
Ukraine: Waiting for Yushchenko
Dan McMinn of Orange Ukraine posts a brief update on Ukrainian politics and offers a few apolitical links.
Russia: Andrei Sychyov's Case
Sean's Russia Blog posts an update on Andrei Sychyov's case and writes about cruelty in the Russian army.
Russia: Chavez in Russia
Yuri Mamchur of Russia Blog writes about the visit of Hugo Chavez to Russia.
Russia: Kaliningrad Travel Restrictions
Copydude writes about travel restrictions for Kaliningrad residents: “As fast the Berlin Wall came down, the EU has been building it back up. You can’t paint nice murals on the Fortress Schengen wall, but it’s just as effective at keeping people in.”
Pakistan: What Musharraf should do
All Things Pakistan on political advice to Musharraf and sensing the pulse of the blog's readers through a little vote. “It seems like everyone has an opinion on what Gen. Musharraf should do about the 2007 elections and the question of ‘removing’ his uniform.”
Russia, Ukraine: Stories About Words
Below is the translation of three stories about words: in the first one, they are being banned; in the second, they offend; in the third, there aren't enough of them. LJ user plushev, a Russian radio journalist, writes (RUS) about the government's attack on the name of the controversial National...
Nepal: Another Round Of Talks
The seven party alliance in power and the Maoists are gearing for yet another round of peace talks. Their last round that resulted in an eight point agreement came under much fire from various quarters.
Nigeria: Political murder
Even sadder and more depressing than the Middle East, writes UKNaija, “is the news of the brutal callous murder of Funsho Williams, the grey bearded affable engineer who had consistently for the past ten years made no secret of his ambitions to rule Lagos State.” Taurean Minx also shares her...
Mexico: Poll Numbers and Teachers Strike
It's Friday! That's right, time for Boz's famous poll numbers, wherein 48% of surveyed Mexicans believe there should be a recount while 53% believe that Calderon won the election. Lopez Obrador isn't among them, however, says Ana Maria Salazar: “After López Obrador proclaimed himself the winner of the presidential election;...
DRC: Last Minute Campaigning and Complaining
As Sunday's presidential election approaches, and the campaign period closes today, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) bloggers chronicle last minute campaigning and complaining by some of the 30 or so candidates and other actors. Candidates’ Backgrounds Prince du Fleuve du Congo continues a debate with Christian Geraud about Joseph Kabila...
Bahamas: Goodbye, British Honours list?
Nassau Bahamas Vacation reports briefly on the plans afoot in the Bahamas to abolish the British Honours list: “Her Majesty will no doubt let her views be channeled through her own discreet diplomats at some stage.“
War in Lebanon and Privatization
The Lebanon war is still hot news in Iran and Iranian bloggers talk about it. By reading some blogs we discover a very original approach to protesting against war, taking place in Tehran. Demonstrating with George Habash photo Nasle Farda writes about an original demonstration in Tehran against war. The...
Malaysia: Mace Attack
The former Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir was attacked with mace today at an airport. The attacker was one of the 1000 people gathered to welcome the former Prime Minister. Ktemoc Konsiders blog looks at different versions of the incident.
FLD from China Times wonders how president Chen Shui-bian would response to the recent accounting department report on the president house national secret expenses (zh). The report was released yesterday: 77% of the expenses was without standard record. The case is now filed at the department of justice.
Reforming Philippine Elections
Philippine electoral system is one of the most inefficient in the world. It would take more than a month before results can be known after election day since counting of votes is still done manually.
Martinique, France: Tribu Ka Suspended
France's Council of Ministers recently decided to dissolve Tribu Ka, a Black nationalist French group, accusing it of anti-semitism. French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy claims the group posted a graphic of a chimpanzee holding a star of David on their website. Martinique's Le Blog de [Moi] agrees (Fr) that Tribu...
Nepal: Dark days ahead?
Blogdai makes some dark predictions for Nepal. Who'll die over the next year, and who will be allies with the Maoists.
Venezuela: El Conde del Guacharo
Both Miguel Octavio and Francisco Toro try to help their readers understand the candidacy of Benjamín Rausseo, better known as “El Conde del Guacharo.”
Mexico: Barney Parody Video Taken Down
According to Ocho Cuartos, the famous parody of a Barney song poking fun at Lopez Obrador (ES) has been taken down for copyright reasons.
DRC: Candidates’ Last Minute Punches
Light in the Heart of Darkness chronicles what she calls “last minute punches” by various presidential candidates including interim vice-President Bemba, Ruberwa and interim President Joseph Kabila. Strategies include marches to the capital and burning of campaign headquarters among others.
Bermuda: “Worst of Bermuda” awards
The Limey offers his tongue-in-cheek “Worst of Bermuda Awards 2006”. Categories include “most embarrassing mistake”, “worst corporate citizen”, and “worst act of political cowardice”.