Stories about Eastern & Central Europe from October, 2007
Russia: Campaign Singing
Elections in Russia reports on the singing dimension of this year's campaign.
Poland: Roman Giertych's Out of Politics
The beatroot is wondering who he is going to “write about for the next two years,” now that Roman Giertych has been forced out of politics, along with his party, the League of Polish Families, which “got a miserable 1.3 percent in Sunday’s election.”
Poland: Islamic Cultural Center in Krakow?
The beatroot writes about plans to build an Islamic cultural center in Krakow.
Armenia: Bad News Day
Raffi K at Life in Armenia says that Friday was a day full of bad news for Armenia. However, he doesn't know which was worse — former president Levon Ter Petrosian running again for office, the postponement of a bill to recognize the Armenian Genocide in the U.S. Congress, or...
Russia: Bloggers On George W. Bush and “Russian DNA”
The U.S. president's recent comments about "Russian DNA" did not cause as much of an uproar as did race comments by James Watson, a co-discoverer of the structure of DNA - but, they did not go completely unnoticed. Below is a selection of comments made by Russian bloggers and forum dwellers.
Bosnia & Herzegovina: Queen Katarina
YakimaGulagLiteraryGazett remembers the last queen of Bosnia.
Bulgaria: No Fear of Iran?
The Balkan Yankee thinks that, contrary to what George W. Bush may want to believe, “the last thing on anyone’s mind in Bulgaria is the looming fear of an Iranian attack.”
The Balkans: The Language Issue
Balkan Baby writes about the “language issue” in the Balkans: “What language do we speak when we are in the countries that once made up Yugoslavia? In Slovenia and Macedonia the answer is quite simple since these two countries both had their own languages which were recognised by the Yugoslav...
Croatia, U.K.: Film Festival
Balkan Baby writes about the Closer Croatia Croatian Film Festival that took place in London earlier this month.
Albania: Real Estate
Living in Shkoder, Albania writes about the new construction and other real estate issues in Albania.
Albania: Parking Problems; Bridge Reconstruction
Albanian Blogger writes about parking problems in Tirana and the reconstruction of a pedestrian bridge over the Lana River.
Poland: Civic Platform's Prospects
Dr. Sean's Diary discusses the prospects of Donald Tusk's Civic Platform.
Serbia: Milosevic's Propaganda
Srebrenica Genocide Blog explains why Slobodan Milosevic was “a clever mass murderer” whose “attempts to shift blame on the victims failed miserably” – but whose propaganda “is well and alive even today.”
Poland: Auschwitz Book Reviews
Bosnia Vault reviews two books on Auschwitz.
Macedonia: A Bit More On Toše Proeski
Bosnia Blog talks to a Macedonian about singer Toše Proeski, who died in a car crash earlier this month: “He did a lot of charity concert. He was very nice. He is the only thing we have.”
Bosnia & Herzegovina: Srebrenica Memorial Quilt
Srebrenica Genocide Blog and Bosnia Vault write about the Srebrenica Memorial Quilt project, an initiative to commemorate “over 8,000 men, children (boys), and elderly who died during Srebrenica genocide.”
Georgia: Russian Paranoia
Steady State posts a link to an article in Russian detailing territorial claims that the Republic of Georgia might have on Russia since medieval times. The blog treats such claims with scorn and sees it more as anti-Georgian paranoia than anything based on historical fact.
Russia: Election Miscellanea
TOL's Elections in Russia writes about the voting plans of Russia's homeless; campaigning for Putin through vodka; a group of young people opposing Putin; and a group of artists supporting him.
Ukraine: “Flit” Punk Rock Band
Ukrainian Musical Matters writes about “a relatively young new Ukrainian punk rock band, Flit (pronounced ‘fleet’).”
Ukraine: Post-Election Politics, Etc.
Lots of new posts at Orange Ukraine, including this overview of the post-election developments and other issues.
Ukraine: Two Paintings
Olechko posts her painting of an apartment block in Lutsk, which, like most apartment blocks in this part of the world, initially looked gray, but then she began painting it, and it turned out that it's not gray, but pink!