Stories about Western Europe from October, 2007
As the international media reports that the Azerbaijani authorities foiled a planned terrorist plot to attack government offices and diplomatic missions in Baku, Carpetblogger says that the U.S. and U.K Embassies were yesterday closed as a precaution. However, the blogger doesn't sound too impressed or convinced by official reports that...
Sean's Russia Blog writes on the newly revealed “spy vs. spy” dimension of the Aleksandr Litvinenko case.
Robert Amsterdam reports on a classical music concert in Paris in support of Mikhail Khodorkovsky and other political prisoners, and on the anti-Putin part of the Russian community of “cultural figures.”
Balkan Baby writes about the Closer Croatia Croatian Film Festival that took place in London earlier this month.
Bosnia Vault reviews two books on Auschwitz.
Seabee from Dubai compares prices in Dubai and the UK in this post.
Lots of new content on TOL's Romantic, including a post on the official patron saint of Catholic Gypsies.
A few more links on the Polish election: the beatroot explains Kaczynski's defeat; Dr. Sean's Diary sums up the results and notes a “a complete slaughter of minor parties“; Edward Lucas declares that the “era of the ‘terrible twins’ is over”; Yascha Mounk‘s general summary at Harvard International Review; Europhobia...
James Watson, an American Nobel Prize-winning geneticist, provoked international outrage when The Sunday Times quoted him on race issues on Oct. 14. The news of the controversy produced a certain stir in the Russian-language blogosphere, too.
Russia beats England, in football. More at Sean's Russia Blog and Siberian Light.
More on the upcoming Russia vs England football game – at Siberian Light.
typos, gravity and other mishaps on a visit to Scotland.”…wonder once in a while who looks after all the sheep. They're pretty well-behaved and everything, and they're generally content to graze about the aforementioned gigantic but incredibly beautiful land mass, but who takes them home at night?”
Due to the “east/west impasse” at the Eurovision Song Contest, the event's format changes beginning next year, Illyrian Gazette reports.
Bosnia Blog writes about a song about Bosnia by the Cranberries’ – and another one, by an Italian rock band.
Srebrenica Genocide Blog posts an interview with the former official spokesperson for the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia at the Hague – who claims that “France, Great Britain and the United States have in effect protected Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic, and are refusing to make available documents...
Russia Blog writes about the death of the Pet Shop Boys’ manager Dainton Connell in a car crash in Moscow on Oct. 5.
Taras Kuzio writes about his 81-year-old father's failed attempt to vote at the Ukrainian Embassy in London on Sept. 30.
In Bahrain this week: the disappearing sea, culture shock in the UK, Ramadan drama serials, a diagnosis of leukaemia - and speaking 'Shia'!
We live in a world of just 194 countries, give or take, but speak between 7,000 and 8,000 languages. That linguistic diversity is fast disappearing, often thanks to the privileged position given to colonial languages, as well as the globalization of media and technology. But is this really cause for alarm?
Dr. Sean's Diary writes about a Polish politician courting expat Polish voters in London.
Why isn't Caribbean food more popular in the UK, wonders Can Cook, Must Cook. She responds to online commentary.