2 February 2006

Stories from 2 February 2006

Iraq: Election debate goes on

  2 February 2006

Riverbend adds her weight to the bloggers debate on the aftermath of the Iraqi elections. She says: “I try not to dwell on the results too much- the fact that Shia religious fundamentalists are currently in power- because when I do, I’m filled with this sort of chill that leaves...

Fires in focus in the South African blogosphere

  2 February 2006

The last few weeks have been slow in the South African blogosphere. The most exciting thing happening this week is the is that nominations have just opened for the second annual South African blog Awards. There are 14 categories including: South African blog of 2005 – The best of the...

Poland: Stabilization

  2 February 2006

the beatroot reports on a stabilization pact signed by two minority parties with the Law and Justice government that mean new elections shouldn't be on the horizon.

Slovenia: Darfur Initiative(s)

  2 February 2006

The Glory of Carniola writes on Slovenian Darfur initiatives which include both the president's humanitarian initiative and Slovenian industry's initiative to provide Omar al-Bashir with a luxury yacht.

Russia, Kosovo, Georgia: Frozen Conflicts

  2 February 2006

David McDuff writes that Russia may acquiesce to a plan that would split Kosovo from Serbia and Montenegro to pressure the West into a quid pro quo deal that would result in recognition of the pro-Russian republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, both of which are legally part of Georgia.

Panama: Monolingual American Expats

  2 February 2006

Leon Kadoch is frustrated by Americans who live and work in Panama without taking the time to learn the language and culture. Kadock opines that this is a specifically American phenomenon and that French, Dutch, German, and British visitors have “a completely different behavior, they're really working hard on learning...

Panama: Tameles Recipe

  2 February 2006

Melissa identifies the secret ingredient which distinguishes the Panamanian tamal from its northern neighbors. As always, her post will leave you both more informed and hungry.

Malaysia, Denmark: Clash of Civilities?

  2 February 2006

Ktemoc Konsiders, a blogger from Malaysia, shares his thoughts on the controversy surrounding a Danish newspaper's decisions to publish caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad: “why choose an offensive insensitive issue, as if it didn’t know that the cartoons would be highly blasphemous, distressing, insulting and provocative to Muslims throughout the...

Singapore: Bloggregator Woes

  2 February 2006

Singapore blog aggregator Tomorrow.sg continues to take knocks from other bloggers, who complain about its editorial approach and integrity. Xialanxue posts a sarcastic “guide to managing a metablog” and links to several posts critiquing Tomorrow.sg‘s problems.

China, South Korea, Japan, Iran: Nuclear Concerns

  2 February 2006

Mingi Hyun explains why China's concerns over nuclear proliferation are different from the Western powers. The reason why it doesn't want Iran to have nukes is because it worries South Korea and Japan may one day want them too.

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