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· August, 2008

Stories about Western Europe from August, 2008

Northern Cyprus: Similarities with Georgia?

While discussing the plight of unrecognized states, blog Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus states that “If Russia does decide to recognize Georgia’s two separatist regions, they’d be in a diplomatic...

China: The Beijing Bay

Via TorrentFreak, on the IOC's takedown notice sent not to p2p network The Pirate Bay which was hosting torrents of Olympics footage, but Sweden's Minister of Justice: “We were going...

Olympic Hijab Style

British blog Hijab Style shares photographs of Olympians who wear hijab, including Bahrain's Ruqaya al Ghasra and Yemen's Waseelah Fadhl Saad.

The Balkans: Judge Alphonse Orie

East Ethnia explains why, according to “several lawyers,” “ICTY judge Alphonse Orie should not preside over the trial of Radovan Karadžić.”

Nigerian prostitute arrested in Italy

Le blog de [moi] posts a disturbing photograph of a Nigerian prostitute, arrested during a recent raid in Italy, laying half-naked on the floor of a jail cell, covered in...

Jamaica: Racism in Sport

Following the controversy about an ad in which the Spanish Olympic basketball team is shown forcibly slanting their eyes, Can a Jamaican take Cali? is convinced that Spain “has made...

China and Spain: Slanty-eyed Photo

The Taiwan Chronicles urged people not to over-read the Spanish team's “Slanty-eyed photo” as racism.

Georgia War: NATO as Deterrent or Reassurance?

A Fistful of Euros discusses the Russo-Georgian war from the perspective of NATOs role as deterrent or factor of reassurance for its members and would-be members.

USA: Blogging for Anglican Inclusion of LGTB Priests and Bishops

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transsexual priests and bishops made efficient use of citizen media to support their campaign for inclusion in the Anglican Church at the recent Lambeth Conference, a...

Bahrain: On Scottish and Omani Mountains

Bahraini BuZain compares between mountains in the UK and those in Oman. Click here to see the difference.

Georgia War: Peace Threatens Territorial Integrity

Da Rússia [Portuguese] writes about the problems with a Russo-Georgian peace treaty brokered by French president Sarkozy, and refers to Russian analysts’ conclusion that it might continually set Georgia's territorial...

Malawi: Discussing development and the Olympics

"Development" has been exercising the minds of Malawian bloggers lately. The approach has taken the form of highlighting efforts of Malawians abroad, Malawi's much touted fertilizer subsidy program, Malawi's presence...

South Ossetia: Swedish Foreign Minister on the Conflict

Carl Bildt, Swedish Foreign Minister and former EU special envoy to the Former Yugoslavia, states on his blog Alla dessa dagar that the conflict in South Ossetia has put basic...

Georgia: History Repeating?

Writing from Tbilisi, Wu Wei says images of Russian tanks entering the Georgian breakaway region of South Ossetia bring back memories of Hungary in 1956 and Czechoslovakia in 1968. Meanwhile,...

Lebanon: An Italian Lesson for Lebanon

What are the similarities between Lebanon and Italy, other than the fact that they both overlook the Mediterranean? Blogger Antoun Issa, in his latest post at Lebanese Chess argues that...

Russia: Remembering Wilhelm Gustloff

Copydude reflects upon the sinking in 1944 of Wilhelm Gustloff – history's biggest civilian maritime catastrophy – inspired by a book on Kaliningrad by Isabel Denny.

Macedonia: 11 questions for Greece

Say: Macedonia asks 11 questions to Greek politicians and mainstream media since according to them “ethnic Macedonians inside and outside Greece are ‘non-existent’ “.

Bosnia & Herzegovina: Karadžić in The Hague

In spite of demonstrations in Belgrade against Radovan Karadžić's extradition to the ICTY in The Hague, he was transferred in the early hours of the 30th of July. The next...

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