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18 October 2005

Stories from 18 October 2005

Hungary: Big Star profiles the Hungarian scene-stealer in the newest Harry Potter movie.

Poland: Another #1

Warsaw Station congratulates (tongue-in-cheek…) Poland on beating out its fellow EU members to come in at number 1 on a very special list.

Russia: Why Bribe-takers Get Caught

Russia Blog discusses why bribe-taking officials get caught. It certainly does not appear to be an interest in stamping out bribery in Russia, where it is estimated over three times...

Ukraine: The Market That Wouldn't Die

Cyber Cossack discusses a Ukrainian market that survived all Soviet efforts to eradicate it. It still exists and is one of the largest markets in Europe.

Uzbekistan: Recognition at the Cost of Lives

Ali of neweurasia says that the deaths of Andijon citizens in the May massacre have irrevocably changed the path of Uzbekistan by drawing international attention and pressure..

Armenia: Low Marks for Local Election

Oneworld Multimedia reports that local observers have given last weekend's local elections low marks.

Georgia: An Autumn Day

Hans Heiner Buhr writes on an autumn day in Georgia, providing a brief slice of daily life in the country.

Mexico, Honduras, Belize, Nicaragua: Hurricane Wilma

A Hurricane Wilma weblog has been set up to disseminate information as the category 4 storm heads for Mexico and Central America.

Cuba: A Link “Ajiaco”

Babalu Blog has a thorough list of links to mostly conservative weblogs discussing Cuba over the past week.

Colombia: Changing Outsider Perception

Logtar explains why he has created a new blog, Proyecto Colombia to help educate non-Colombians about the positive aspects of his home country.

Brazil: Neocon Discontent

Luís Afonso Assumpção translates parts of an article by brazilian neocon Reinaldo Azevedo on why conservatives are upset with Lula da Silva's government.

Argentina: Still Corrupt, But Not As Corrupt

GoodAirs tries but ultimately fails to find anything worth celebrating after Argentina claims 97th in Transparency International's annual honesty/corruption rankings.

Egyptian Parliamentary Elections

The parliamentary elections Egyptians face next month may very well be more substantial than the first Presidential one they encountered last month. Through these elections many hope to influence the...

Lebanon: The Mehlis Report Inconsequential

Lebanon Profile says that all the people who argued that Lebanon needs a short period of Amadou Toumani Toure-style dictatorship to rid the country of corruption before immediately returning to...

Livability in the Middle East

Mahmood says that the Economist Intelligence Unit has just published its world-wide livability index, that is, the best cities in the world to live in based on various criteria. Needless...

Bahrain: Corruption Perceptions Index

Abdulhadi Khalaf of Jaddwilliam2 writes that scoring 5.8 out of 10 , Bahrain is percieved by business community as less ‘corrupt’ than Kuwait and Saudi Arabia but percieved more ‘corrupt’...

Tunisia: Hunger Strike and Censorship

Neila Charchour Hachicha writes that the PLM’s web site, which was the unique political website accessible in Tunisia has been censored today. “However we want you to get the declaration...

Food aid for Zimbabwe

Sokwanle – Civil Action for Zimbabwe has issued a press release “Crimes against humanity: The Case for Urgent Action Against Zimbabwe. In today's press release , Cardinal Napier and Archbishop...

India: Protest March

India: Protest March

India: Contraceptives

India: Contraceptives

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