Stories about Western Europe from November, 2007
Georgia: Former Defense Minister Arrested
TOL Georgia comments on the arrest of former Georgian defense minister turned government critic, Irakli Okruashvili, in Germany on an Interpol warrant. In response, the blog says that Okruashvili is seeking political asylum.
Bosnia & Herzegovina: Trial for U.N. and Netherlands
Srebrenica Genocide Blog reports: “Dutch court ruled Tuesday that the United Nations and the Netherlands should face trial for the 1995 Srebrenica genocide.”
Belarus, Poland: Kurapaty, Katyń
TOL's Belarus watches Andrzej Wajda's Katyń and hopes to see a similar film about the Kurapaty tragedy in Belarus one day.
Poland: Satire and Chastity
The beatroot writes about the recent Spanish royalty cartoon scandal and the Polish google bomber's case – as well as the church's initiative to make “chastity trendy” in Poland.
Croatia: Football News
Illyrian Gazette writes about the Croatian football team, music – and Borat.
Angola: The right of voting
Desabafos Angolanos [pt] is proud to announce the success of a demonstration in November 19, in Lisbon, to claim Angolan expatriates’ right to vote: “Success? With only 20 people?” Yes! Success because they were 20 people under rain, 20 people among 100,000 who had no fear, who did not give...
African prostitution and human trafficking in Europe
la plume plus posts an article featuring first-hand accounts of human trafficking and the prostitution of African women [Fr] in Europe.
Life in the Armenian Diaspora reports that HaShiSh, an Armenian punk rock band from South America, is touring the U.S. Meanwhile, Unzipped posts an account of former System of a Down frontman, Serj Tankian, performing in London.
Morocco: Women's Stories from Around the Globe
This week, Moroccan bloggers share their interest in issues affecting Muslim women around the world. From the treatment of gynecologists in Iraq to new workforce development initiatives in Morocco to rape sentencing in Saudi Arabia, Jillian York has the story.
Russia: Euro 2008
Siberian Light writes on how Croatia has helped Russia to get into Euro 2008.
Macedonia, Greece: FYROM
Edward Lucas shares his piece on Greece's problems with a neighboring country also known as FYROM.
Serbia, the EU: Stability and Association Pact
A Fistful of Euros writes about Serbia's Stability and Association Pact with the EU (SAA), to be signed in Jan. 2008: “It looks like Brussels is trying to strengthen the ‘liberal and Western’ strain of Serbia’s politics before December, when problems are likely to arise with Kosovo.”
Brazil/UK: Justice for Jean Charles de Menezes
Joty reports that the Metropolitan Police Authority in the UK is meeting this Thursday, November 22, to decide whether or not to sack Ian Blair over the death of innocent Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes, in 2005. “So – politely and gently – they need a little bit of lobbying...
Bahrain: Kitting Out An Islamic Car
This week in Bahrain we have a thoughtful post about the nature of God, a story of a sex education class, visitors’ varying experiences of both Bahrain and Spain, and a complaint about public toilets. There is also an intriguing examination of the specifications an Islamic car should have…
Estonia: The Swedes
Itching for Eestimaa writes about Estonian Swedes: “…I came to the conclusion that Estonian Swedes do have a certain unspoken minority status in Estonia: they are marginal. No one writes about them. No one thinks about them. They exist, are deemed somewhat exotic, but then forgotten. They are simply unimportant....
French-Congolese Musician Kamini's New YouTube Video
Tu bloggues ta part introduces a new YouTube video [Fr] from French-Congolese musician/comedian/provocateur, Kamini.
Indonesia: Loving Scotland
Anita on why she loves Scotland.
Russia: Books on “The New Cold War”
The Economist‘s Edward Lucas seeks help in promoting his new book, due to be published in February 2008 – The New Cold War: How the Kremlin Menaces Russia and the West (not to be confused with Mark MacKinnon‘s The New Cold War: Revolutions, Rigged Elections, and Pipeline Politics in the...
Venezuela: Chavez and the King of Spain
Venezuela News and Views takes a look at the conflict between Hugo Chavez and the King of Spain, who asked the Venezuelan president, “why don't you just shut up?” at a recent conference in Santiago, Chile.
Russia: Chewing Gum in the Soviet Union
Like a million other things, chewing gum wasn't freely available in the Soviet Union. In the post translated below, a Russian blogger recalls a childhood experience involving chewing gum - zhvachka - that appears comical now, but must have been rather traumatic 30 years ago.
Slovenia, U.K.: Borut Peterlin's Work
Jennifer Dorroh writes about the work of Slovenian photojournalist Borut Peterlin, currently on exhibit in London.