Stories from 9 February 2006
neweurasia rounds up press freedom in Central Asia.
Christian Garbis discusses what is at stake for Armenia in the upcoming talks with Azerbaijan over Karabakh.
With talks on a framework for settling the Karabakh conflict on the horizon, discontent in Armenian civil society is on the rise, reports Onnik Krikorian.
T-Moor reports that Tashkent was gripped with fear today over rumors of an impending earthquake.
Guate360 has a description and photo of a teachers’ strike (ES) which filled the plaza in front of the National Palace.
Adam Isacson tells the story of Hernán Giraldo, a drug-trafficking paramilitary leader, who will be released from prison in six and a half years as a beneficiary of the “Justice and Peace Law.”
Lemuel Kolkava of This Blog will be Deleted by Tomorrow comments on the Slovak lawmakers’ decision to move this year's elections from September to June 17: “Will they, won’t they, will they have early elections? (Yes) Will this influence the NASDAQ or Dow Jones indices in any way? (No)”
Volunteers in Moscow are lending their digital cameras to children with cancer this coming Sunday, so that they could spend one day photographing their lives at the Children's Clinical Hospital. This would be the second year for Moscow's little in-patients to take part in the international contest “Through My Eyes:...
Pestiside.hu reports that unless more women start coming to Budapest's historical Rudas Thermal Bath, financial losses would be too substantial to continue with the “women only” and “co-ed” days experiment beyond the end of March.
Sean Guillory at Sean's Russia Blog examines the points made by Andrei Illarionov, former economic adviser to Vladimir Putin, about the direction Russia has taken in the recent years.
Musengeshi Katata comments (FR) on Amely-James Koh Bela's book on African prostitution in the West at Forum Realisance: “Can one really defend values that are everyday assaulted and eroded by poverty? … Without a battle against poverty including against western exploitation and the depravation of African economies, without a protracted...
W. Shedd of The Accidental Russophile links to an article on the controversial statements about the 2004 Beslan school siege trial made by Leonid Roshal, a Russian doctor who became famous during the October 2002 theater siege in Moscow. W. Shedd also writes about a school teacher from Vladikavkaz, the...
Remolacha.net is outraged (ES) that the Dominican newspaper El Nacional is running a photo of two dead children on the front page of today's edition, and asks: “isn't there a law to protect the children's identity?”
South Asia: In conversation with AdamGreenfield
Grandiose Parlor points to a bridge building project in Anhambra State in the East of Nigeria that was completed in only 60 days. The bridge “is 264 feet long and can carry a 3-ton vehicle. The most amazing fact is the construction was done without any heavy equipment! The only...
Renata Vieira, a blogger based in São Paulo reflects on the tight social networks of small towns and how they encourage conservative values.
Scott W. Clark does a Ukrainian news roundup at Foreign Notes: the Gongadze murder case proceedings should be open to the public; the Danish cartoons have been reprinted in a Ukrainian paper Segodnya; the Russian navy will not stay in Crimea beyond 2017; and it's cold here, so cold that...
The West Indies Cricket Blog links to a Guardian article which casts some doubt upon the Caribbean's ability to host the Cricket World Cup in 2007.
Pakistan: From Peshawar
India: Clemenceau and Greenpeace