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· January, 2009

Stories from Quick Reads from January, 2009

Georgia: Glukhov's Case; U.S.-Based “Georgian Chalabis”

Scraps of Moscow writes about Aleksandr Glukhov's case, and notes on the possibility “that Georgian Chalabis are already being groomed Stateside.”

Poland: Maanam

the POLSKI blog writes about Maanam, a Polish band that, in the early 1980s, was “the epitome of cool, largely thanks to their unique sound and the distinctive voice and...

Latvia: Snap Election?

All About Latvia thinks the country is “heading for snap elections” and this may be a good thing: “While the IMF sees an election as a liability because it ushers...

Czech Republic: European Artists Strike Back (at Entropa)

CzechFolks.com writes about a few European artists who have reacted to Entropa by creating “caricatures of the Czech Republic through their eyes.”

Jordan: The BBC and Gaza

“The BBC says the risk of compromising confidence in its fairness, coupled with ‘question marks’ about aid getting through, had led to its decision not to broadcast the Gaza appeal....

Greece: Economy and Protests

BBC's Mark Mardell writes about the state of the Greek economy and the farmers’ protests.

Jordan: 7iber wins award

“Last night was a milestone for 7iber as it received an honorary award at the third annual, 2008 Jordan Web Awards in Amman,” announces Jordanian site 7iber.

India: Questioning The Satyam Probe

Ashish at Desicritics wonders whether the investigation of the Indian IT giant Satyam's major accounting fraud will be fair.

India: Tamil Wikipedia Academy

Kiruba Shankar writes about the Tamil Wikipedia Academy and comments that initiatives like this “will encourage more regional language contribution from people within India.”

Cuba: Human Rights & Political Prisoners

As The Cuban Triangle reports that Cuba is about to face a human rights review, Uncommon Sense says that women are also among the political prisoners on the island.

Moldova: A “Stable” Economy

Moldova's economy has been declared “well-protected […] from the slowdown” by London-based magazine The Banker. Eternal Remont comments: “This one gets filed under, ‘I've been down so long it looks...

Europe: The “Two Cows” Jokes

Inspired by the “two cows” joke that's “been around for years in one form or another,” 20 east comes up with a few ones of his own.

Russia, Georgia: Glukhov's Unit in Tskhinvali Since June 2008?

AnTyx comments on soldier Aleksandr Glukhov‘s mention of his unit's transfer to South Ossetia in June 2008: “If true, it would mean that the war in Georgia was deliberately provoked...

EU: Investing in Ukraine's Gas Pipeline?

Wu Wei quotes a Kyiv Post editorial, which urges the EU to consider investing in Ukraine's gas pipeline system, and posts this comment: “But on what terms will this be...

UAE: Snow in Ras Al Khaymah

“Who would have ever thought that something like this could happen in the UAE? I sure hope it survives till the weekend so I could go and take photos,” says...

Egypt: What Next After Guantanamo Bay?

“Honestly, what do you put on your resume after spending a couple of years working as a Guantanamo Bay interrogator? And where do you apply for work?” asks Egyptian Sandmonkey,...

Paraguay: English Words in Advertising

José Ángel Lopez Barrios is not too pleased with the emergence of so many English words in advertising that are being adopted by Paraguayan stores [es]. He gives the example...

Colombia: Ex-Mayor Sentenced for Ordering the Murder of Journalist

Victor Solano of ¿Comunicación? [es] writes that the former mayor of the Colombian town of Barrancabermeja was sentenced to 28 years in prison for ordering the murder of journalist Emeterio...

Cuba: Raul in Russia

Child of the Revolution, Una Familia en Cuba [Sp] and Havana Times all blog about Cuban President Raul Castro's official visit to Russia.

Martinique, South Africa: Cultural Exchange

Africlassical reports that South Africa's Premier ballet company has been invited to dance in Martinique as part of a cultural collaboration.

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