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· January, 2009

Stories from Quick Reads from January, 2009

Georgia: Opposition Unites, Kind Of…

Dateline Tbilisi comments on news that twelve opposition parties have agreed to unite to call for Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili's resignation. The blog says the party believes Saakashvili will be...

Bangladesh: Tourist Attractions

Back To Bangladesh compiles a list of things to see and do in Bangladesh for the foreign visitors.

Russia: Putin in Davos

Leopolis writes about Putin's appearance at this year's World Economic Forum in Davos: “Despite being lost in translation, the Putin-Dell exchange illustrates the fact that Russia and the West are...

Azerbaijan: Mammed Amin Rasul-zadeh

In Mutatione Fortitudo marks the 125th anniversary of the birth of Mammed Amin Rasul-zadeh by introducing its readers to one of the founding fathers of the short-lived Azerbaijani Democratic Republic...

Iran: Watch “Rick Steves’ Iran”

Watch Rick Steves’ Iran film here.

China: netizens regret donations to Sichuan

Beichuan County, the hardest hit area in 5.12 Sichuan earthquake, has spent RMB 1.1 million (USD160, 854) on one Land Cruiser, an imported luxury car, which has triggered explosive critique...

Russia, Poland: Robert Amsterdam's Interview

Translation of Robert Amsterdam's interview in the Polish Gazeta Wyborzca – at Robert Amsterdam Blog.

Latvia: Protest and Changes

Baltic writes about political changes taking place in Latvia due to the crisis. Free Speech Emergency in Latvia posts a video from a silent protest in Riga.

Czech Republic: Jobless Foreign Laborers

The Czech Daily Word writes about the situation with several thousand foreign workers in the Czech Republic, who have lost their jobs and are now stuck in the country: “And...

Sri Lanka: A Ceasefire, But For How Long?

Kettikili at pass the roti on the left hand side writes on the latest state of the war in Northern Sri Lanka: “The announcement of a ceasefire, however brief, is...

Azerbaijan: Carbon Neutral Resort

otto details the development of a carbon neutral resort and residential development on the Zira Island located off the coast of Azerbaijan. The blog posts mockups of the project and...

Ukraine: Yushchenko vs Tymoshenko

Ukrainiana translates Victor Yushchenko's address to the nation – and Yulia Tymoshenko's response.

Armenia: Diaspora Politics

tzitzernak2 comments on the role of the Diaspora in local politics in Armenia and raises concerns with the date of a conference to be held by one of the largest...

Georgia: Armenian Activists Detained

Blogian comments on the arrest of two ethnic Armenians in the Georgian region of Samtskhe-Javakheti allegedly for espionage and the formation of an armed gang. The blog says calls for...

Iran: Nasir al-Mulk Mosque

In Hanif Doorbin you can see a photo of Nasir al-Mulk Mosque, a traditional mosque in Shiraz, Iran.

Japan: My darling wife, I love you!

Blogger at Prism Cafe [ja] comments on news about an event organized by Japan Aisaika Organization (日本愛妻家協会 lit. Japan Organization of Beloved Wives) yesterday, the 29th of January, when in...

Russia: Diarchy

Robert Coalson of RFE/RL's The Power Vertical muses on the state of the Russian “diarchy.”

Latvia: “Beginning to Smell Like the 90s”

All About Latvia writes that “it’s hard not to notice that it is beginning to smell like the 90s”: “In the last week, strangers asked me three times for some...

Russia: Moscow Riot Cops vs Garbage Container

LJ user trashman_2009, a Greenpeace activist, posts pictures of himself dressed as a green garbage container, being dragged away by Moscow riot police after a failed attempt to get an...

India: Jaipur Literary Festival

Jabberwock attended the Jaipur literary festival 2009 and wrote about it in a series of posts.

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